FOUR GREAT BEACHES WITHIN A 15 MINUTE DRIVE!
However, Red Point, with its two fantastic beaches, both featuring in the Billy Connolly film ‘What We Did on Our Holiday‘, lies a few miles further on and is our favourite.
The beach visible from the road involves a short walk across sheep and cattle-grazed grass and then down a hill on a soft, sandy path through sand dunes to the beach. The beach is backed by large dunes and includes a burn that often forms a lagoon. It faces west, over the Minch to Skye.
The other beach is found at the end of the farm track that leaves the car park and passes the farmhouse and numerous grazing animals to the left. It includes a tidal island and a couple more offshore, and there are spectacular views left down Loch Torridon to Beinn Alligin and Diabaig, and south across the loch and on down the Minch to the Coullin on Skye. There’s a rough, sometimes wet but wonderful walk around the headland that separates the two – more on that here..
Gairloch Beach lies at the head of the loch, five miles from the Cottage. It is backed by Gairloch Golf Course and looks west to the mouth of Gairloch and on to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. It has the remains of a vitrified dun (small fort – possibly Pictish) at its southern end. This end of the beach is also featured on the North West Highland Snorkel Trail On leaving the beach you can visit the excellent Links Café in the golf course’s clubhouse for lunch or tea.
Big Sand stands sentinel at the mouth on the north side. Backed by the campsite of the same name, which has a useful shop and restaurant, it looks across a sound to the island of Longa.
NORTH OF GAIRLOCH
North of Gairloch are some lovely beaches on Loch Ewe and Gruinard Bay, Mellon Udrigle on the latter being well worth visiting.