Things to do in Badachro, Gairloch & Wester Ross

Below is a list of attractions in the Wester Ross area, with links to associated websites, which will give you more information about the area.

Cruises, Fishing, Whale Watching etc.

Dry Island Shellfish Safaris - Join local skipper Ian McWhinney on his traditional creel fishing boat in the beautiful setting of Badachro Bay on Scotland's West Coast. Watch as the creels are hauled from the crystal clear waters, and participate in an activity that has been part of Ian's family for centuries. We saw lots of different marine life and the kids loved it. Iain will also sell you fresh produce too (langoustines, squat lobsters or crabs). Great for eating in!

 

Hebridean Whale Cruises - Whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, white tailed sea eagles and puffins....

 

Gairloch Marine Life Cruises - Join the daily boat trips between March and October where you can see Hebridean wildlife including Harbour Porpoises, Whales, Grey and Common Seals and Dolphins, plus a huge variety of seabirds including White Tailed Eagles, Golden Eagles, Black-Throated Divers, Great Northern Divers to name but a few.

Summer Queen Cruises – Cruises around the Summer Isles from Ullapool

Ullapool to Stornaway Ferry – Ullapool is the ferry terminal for Stornaway and the Western Isles

Kerry Sea Angling - Established in 1987, Kerry Sea Angling is the only boat operator offering daily sea fishing cruises.  They have cruises to suit everyone from beginners to experienced anglers, from two-hour family excursions to full-day Giant Skate expeditions. 

Arts, Crafts and Local Industry

The Perfume Studio – The only working perfume studio in Scotland at Mellon Charles

Highland Stoneware, Ullapool – Working pottery and shop – watch the craftspeople make and paint these distinctive ceramics

Summer Isle Foods, Achiltibuie – Traditional salmon and kipper smokehouse

The Studio, Achnasheen – The largest selection of contemporary jewlery in the Highlands

Photos of the Scottish Highlands by professional landscape photographer

Atlantic Bears – Traditional collectors bears made in Gairloch – see them in The Treasure Chest, Gairloch 

West Highland Hawking, Kinlochewe – Falconry courses

Mountain & Sea Guides, Applecross – Sea kayak trips, guided hillwalking and mountaineering trips

Lochbroom Leisure Centre, Ullapool – Swimming pool, multi sports hall and fitness suite

Martin Moran Mountaineering, Lochcarron – Guided mountaineering courses

Activity Point - Activities, attractions and places to visit in Scotland

Walking in Scotland - useful site for more information

Museums & Visitor Centres

Applecross Historical Society Heritage Centre

Gairloch Heritage Museum – Award winning museum

Torridon Countryside Centre & Deer Museum – Visit Torridon with its breathtaking scenery

Ullapool Museum – A rare insight into a Highland community

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – Boasting some of Scotland's finest mountain, pinewood and lochside scenery

Gardens

Attadale Gardens – Spectacular West Coast garden

Inerewe Garden - Premier Scottish garden with exotic plants from around the world

The Hydroponicum, Achiltibui – A magnificent array of plants, including bananas, growing in an indoor garden

Bird Watching

Wester Ross is a fantastic area to see all kind of bird life. Ross House advertises in the Birds magazine. Some examples of what is available to see in this oasis for bird watching:

Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver (Loch Lurgainn), Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Shelduck, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Buzzard, Red Grouse, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Snipe, Great Skua, Artic Skua, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lerrer, Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Common Tern, Artic Tern, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Rock Dove Cuckoo, Swallow, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Wheater, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Hooded Crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Linnet, Redpoll, Twite, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Heron, Osprey, Sea Eagle

For further information please visit www.visitwester-ross.com

Restaurants in the Badachro & Gairloch Area

Badachro Inn
The menu changes daily with many dishes featuring locally caught sea food. All the produce is fresh and simply prepared. The new "Specials Board" has been an instant hit.  A fantastic ambiance. Eat on the terrace or the conservatory both of which enjoy the magnificent views across Loch Gairloch and beyond. The owners local!

The Old Inn Gairloch - 5 miles
The Old Inn is a Traditional Highland Coaching Inn, overlooking Gairloch harbour. Great location but not one of our favourites!

The Shieling Restaurant Gairloch - 5 miles
Good food in bright and spacious surroundings with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere make the Shieling one of Gairloch's most popular restaurants. There is a very comfortable lounge and a small, well-stocked bar. And all with panoramic views across Loch Gairloch out to the Isle of Skye. An owners choice. 

The Gairloch Pantry - 5 miles

You’ll find the Gairloch Pantry just before the pier.  Great little place for snacks and lunch! 

 

The Steading Gairloch - 5 miles

Opened in 2014 it is next to the Gairloch Museum.  Great little place.  Fab food and really nice staff.  Fron Venison Burgers to Serrano ham to really nice pizzas and paninis.  We highly recommend a visit. 

Myrtle Bank Hotel Gairloch - 5 miles
Two separate dining areas both with panoramic sea views across the loch to the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides. Both offering locally sourced produce. The extensive menu changes daily to reflect the local catch and highland bred beef and venison. There is also a comprehensive well stocked wine cellar to compliment your meal.

The Aultbea Hotel – 18 miles
Under new management the hotel has been given a makeover.  The food is excellent both in the bar and the restaurant. Cakes are fantastic.  David Coulethard visited recently. Really worth the drive out but book first!!

Gairloch Golf Club – 5 Miles
During summer months there are tables and benches outside so you can make the most of the sunny days and enjoy their refreshments al fresco style. Snacks and meals are served daily throughout the season with homemade soup a speciality.

Golf Courses

Gairloch Golf Club – A challenging and scenic 9-hole links course set on the shore of Loch Gairloch. Fantastic, a real gem

Lochcarron Golf Course – 9-hole course in magnificent location by the shore of Loch Carron

Ullapool Golf Course – A professionally designed 9-hole course

Strathpeffer Golf Course - Strathpeffer spa Golf Club was founded in 1888, one of the original course designers was "the grand old man of golf" Tom Morris of St Andrews, in more recent times Peter Allis has described the course as a jewel in the Highlands of Scotland.

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