Welcome to Gairloch Harbour – a terrific place to stop for a wee while!

Gairloch is at the heart of Wester Ross, with a vibrant and fascinating harbour supporting working fishing boats, trip and excursion boats, self drive boats, a superb cafe, post office, gift shop, gallery and more. Easy access to the (lovely) museum, the waterfalls and another gallery and an Inn all within easy walking distance.

Too easy to miss when you are flying around the NC500, but well worth a visit and we think one of the best places to spend some of your holiday time.

There is ample parking for motorhomes, cars, motorbikes and pushbikes and we encourage everyone to take a breath and take it in!

Activities in the Harbour

Boat Trips, Self Drive, Sail and Paddle

There are several trip operators in Gairloch Harbour, including a fast rib and a catamaran for heading out into the Minch whale watching, a glass bottomed boat for viewing the seabed, an angling boat or two, and you can book an authentic traditional creel boat trip. If you fancy a go yourself there are even self drive hire boats, instructed canoe hire and a sailing school.

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The Commercial Harbour

Always fascinating, you can watch the local fishing fleet land their catches. Trawlers head out into the Minch and further afield looking for prawn and white fish, and creel boats work the loch itself. One of the boats operates as a dive boat, collecting superb hand  dived scallops. A great photo opportunity, with fishing paraphernalia a great subject to study.
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Shopping, Art and Souvenirs

With two galleries within walking distance of the car parks and a gift shop right next to an excellent cafe serving breakfast and lunch you’ll be spoiled for choice. The pier road also has a thriving store and post office, an artisan woodwork/furnituremaker, is the HQ for the Skye and Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, a design company, a seamstress and fabric designer. The Gairloch Boat Club lives here too, so eclectic and varied it might be – boring it is not!
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Sit, eat, drink and relax

You only need to see the reviews on Trip Advisor to know that Coast Coffee is well worth a visit – and if you don’t have room for a lunch, you can always take a takeaway coffee down to the ‘Sitooterie’ and watch the tide ebb and flow. You’ll stop for 5 minutes and be there 15*

*unless the midgies or the rain gets to you first, this is Wester Ross after all!

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Walking, fishing, lochs and the sea

Opposite Pier Road is Shieldaig, and behind the hotel is the walk to the Fairy Lochs, site of the crashed B24 war memorial – unforgettable.
Over the road in the third car park is the start of the walks up to the waterfalls – especially good after the rain has added to the spectacle!

You’ll see several freshwater lochs in the area, and the fishing is good. A bit of local knowledge helps of course, for sea or loch, and we’d recommend one of the sea fishing trip boats to put you over the productive marks.

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(Slightly) further afield

The harbour is in some ways the hub of the place. All life meets there! But travel just a little bit further afield and you’ll find the excellent Gairloch Museum, due to open a new bigger and better space in June 2019. It’s not just a rainy day place, but a fascinating glimpse into a lost world of the crofting, fishing and subsistence farming of old. The exhibition on the crashed B24 Liberator is gripping, and the recreation of the old shop is quite the thing. Recommended.

For the sportier among you, Gairloch Golf Club is just half a mile away and welcomes visitors. There is a cafe there too, open all year round and ample parking for your Winnebago or tandem.

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Getting here and getting settled

Take a fly around the harbour with this drone view. Well worth a look, as it helps you get your bearings and shows what a wonderful place we have here 😉

Gairloch Harbour is easy to find, but being small and perfectly formed is easy to miss too!

Let’s start with a postcode for your Sat Nav / Tom Tom/ Google Maps. IV21 2BQ will take you right to us!

Once here, if it’s busy and you have an RV or bigger vehicle, we suggest you park up immediately on your right as you come into Pier Road. For cars, bikes and smaller vehicles head straight to the end of the road and park up in the well defined (and free) parking bays.

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