Aird Cottage, Badachro
Gairloch IV21 2AB

Walking & Climbing

from short strolls to major expeditions

Wester Ross is a dream come true for walkers and climbers, offering everything from short strolls to major expeditions Remember that there is no bad weather in the Highlands, only bad clothing, so make sure that you bring clothing for all eventualities. And if you have a dog it must be kept under strict control at all times.

This is the go-to website for walks and hill walks of all types: WalkHighlands. It lists a wide range for all ages, tastes and abilities, but only you can tell whether you are fit and experienced enough to do them.
A picture of Badachro Bay, Gairloch Beach, Gairloch

walk to Badachro Inn

One walk much loved by our family and guests is the walk to Badachro Inn. Walk along the road for some 400 metres before passing through the metal kissing-gate on your left )before you get to Badachro Distillery). Follow the rocky path (which can be wet in bad weather), cross an old  footbridge, and then head on up to the road. Turn left and left again when you see the sign for the Inn.

A picture of Red Point beach panorama from the south end in Gairloch

Red Point Beaches

There are many lovely coastal walks, though comparatively few coastal paths. You can walk to either Red Point beach, the one on Loch Torridon (past the farmhouse) being the longer of the two. Better still, why not link them with a walk around the Point itself? Often boggy and there’s a burn to cross, but always enjoyable if you go prepared. Read more here: Red Point Beaches.

A picture from the Pier Walk in Gairloch, Wester Ross

Gairloch Beach & Pier

Gairloch Beach & Pier is another lovely walk that blends beach with headland with ancient arboretum and a visit to bustling Gairloch Pier. There’s a cafe on the pier and and in Gairloch Golf Club’s clubhouse, and you also pass an ancient graveyard if you feel like a nap!

A picture of Flowerdale Falls in Gairloch. The picture includes a woman walking a dog

Flowerdale Glen

Flowerdale Glen, Gairloch takes you to a waterfall and back on a circular walk, and you can continue beyond the waterfall on rough ground up a steep-sided glen if you so choose.

A picture of Kernsary & Beinn Airigh Charr, Gairloch

Loch Kernsary

And another lovely, slightly longer low-level walk is the Loch Kernsary round, at Poolewe

A picture of An Teallach, Gairloch. The picture includes two hikers looking towards the sea.

Fairy Lochs

You are surrounded by a hillwalker’s paradise, and a satisfying starter – more of a walk than a climb –  takes you up to the Fairy Lochs, above Shieldaig Lodge Hotel.

A picture of Beinn Eighe, Gairloch

For Seasoned HillWalkers

However, for more seasoned hillwalker we love Slioch, and in Glen Torridon, Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Beinn Alligin. While to the north there is An Teallach, the remote Fisherfield 6 and the Fannichs – various routes on the WalkHighlands website.