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Dramatic, daring and different – never has an area had so much WOW factor in one place!

The area of Wester Ross is possibly one of the most populated by Red Deer in the Scottish Highlands, although please don’t hold us to that – we’ve not counted them!  You can often see them early morning or dusk, by the roadside. Particularly in bad weather when they come down from the hills.

With all the mountain ranges and hills to be explored in this region, it is highly likely you will also come across some on your jaunts! And jaunt you can! From the Torridon range to the Five Sister of Kintail, there is no end to the magnificent mountains to be scaled and conquered. Dramatic? You bet – be sure to take a camera and check out our Walking section for some advice on staying safe.

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If you prefer something a little less energetic yet equally exhilarating, why not opt for a boat trip. You can visit the beautiful Summer Isles or check out whales and dolphins, or even try your hand at sea fishing. There are a number of excursions around offering different experiences.

Situated just outside Ullapool, and if you don’t mind heights, is the 60m deep Corrieshalloch Gorge, a popular place for a photo opportunity! The area also has gardens and old Scots Pines and generally more shrubbery and trees than its neighbouring area of Sutherland.

The Bealach Na Ba, popular with endurance cyclists, leads you down to the picture perfect Applecross, where you can sample fine seafood and local ale, not to mention the outstanding views to Raasay and Skye. Once you’ve sampled the local fayre, why not visit the unusual ‘coral’ beach, Ard Ban.

Take the Calmac ferry from Ullapool and you reach the Outer Hebrides. Nowhere will you find such beauty and so much to do packed into one space! The Isle of Lewis, of course, was the setting for Peter Mays trilogy, and the world was enthralled with stories of Black Houses, Callanish Standing Stones, vast deserted beaches, the Lewis Chessmen and … ehm … peat bog men!

Harris is south of Lewis, yet attached. It has two distinct landscapes. One being the west coast with its sandy beaches and far reaching views to the castaway island of Taransay and the Golden Road of the east coast, often likened to a lunar landscape due to the way the rocks seem to shine in the sun.

When travelling around Lewis and Harris, do watch out for the Tweed weavers, tucked away in their garden sheds, working on their small looms. (We aren’t kidding!)

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The ferry from Harris takes you to North Uist. And here it’s all about the sea! North and South Uist offer ample opportunities to sample locally caught seafood, go kayaking, fishing and lose yourself in the most spectacular sunsets!

A little further and you can get to Barra which has the only airport in the world which has scheduled flights landing on a beach. And of course, is dependent on the tides and wandering sheep!