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Things to See & Do in Wester Ross, Skye, Lochalsh

Castles, history, fairy glens, mountains, beaches and some of the best views in Scotland await you in this area.

Skye is inked to the mainland by a bridge (no charge) so the whole area is accessible to you very easily. The mountains of Skye are of course a huge draw but what about a dinosaur footprint or swimming in a fairy pool…! A distillery, famous restaurant, museums and crafts are just some of the things to do on your visit. We leave you to explore the rest!

Lochalsh is a stunning area with surprise little roads leading you to the most picturesque places, Plockton being one of them. Eilean Donan is of course very popular as are the woodlands, brochs and otter haven.

Wester Ross is simply majestic. Boat trips allow you to see the scenery from all angles as well as spotting some wildlife. Fishing is popular here as is a bit of wild swimming!

Dive in and enjoy the experience!

 

Gairloch Heritage Museum – Gairloch, Wester Ross

A Local Heritage Museum through time

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Find out more about Gairloch Heritage Museum

The museum will take you on a journey through a history, local to Gairloch. From stone and bronze age to Pictish, examine tools and marvel at the skill our ancestors must have had, in order to create the masterpieces we still enjoy today.

Visit the croft house, school room and village shop which are a world away from what we know now. No online shopping in those days! An illicit whisky still and locally made boats also feature! Then browse the shop and take away a memory of ancient times.

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Attadale Gardens – Lochcarron, Wester Ross

Stunning gardens on the West Coast of Scotland

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Find out more about Attadale Gardens

Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, hill paths meander through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons.

Totally transformed after the 1980 storms by owner Nicky Macpherson, it is an artist’s garden designed to frame the magnificent views of Skye and the surrounding hills. Waterfalls, Monet bridges, meconopsis, bamboo and candelabra primula are reflected in dark pools. Sculpture lurks in unexpected places. A DIY tearoom with the opportunity to buy plants raised in the garden also available.

Attadale is close to Lochcarron, Strathcarron and Skye, with easy access for day trips to Applecross, Torridon and even Loch Ness. The Estate offers self-catering cottages and for families it offers a safe place for the children to explore the open spaces whilst parents can relax and listen to the sounds of the countryside.

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Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide – Scottish Highlands

Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses for beginners to experienced

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Find out more about Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide

Offering Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses, let Max Hunter take you to the limit! With summer and winter courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety, there is something for the beginner to the experienced.

Be secure in the knowledge that your guide is a highly qualified professional, offering years of experience and enthusiasm to ensure your day out is truly memorable.

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The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides – Scottish Highlands

Instruction, Coaching and Guiding for individuals, groups and families

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Find out more about The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides

We deliver instruction, coaching and guiding for individuals, groups and families, in both summer and winter.

Ranging from Ben Nevis ascents via the Pony track, CMD arête or the North Face, walking and scrambling up the Munros in Lochaber and Glen Coe. To introductory sessions in climbing and abseiling and low level environmental walks to Steall Falls. There is something for everyone!

Our aim is to deliver a professional and complete service that gives you confidence and reassurance in our ability both on and off the hill. We provide more than just a guide who gets you safely from A to B, for us that is the absolute minimum requirement. Our guides are always local to the area who have great knowledge and enthusiasm in the mountains and they cannot wait to take you there.

In winter we also offer: winter skills training from 1 day to 3 days, guided winter walks, Ben Nevis ascents. Crampons, ice axes and helmets are available for use or hire.

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Skyak Adventures – Isle of Skye

Sea Kayaking Experiences

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Find out more about Skyak Adventures

The very experienced team at Skyak love introducing people to sea kayaking, developing your paddling skills & helping all to reach their potential in the world class location of Skye, Scotland. The Isle of Skye has something for everyone wishing to kayak, whether a gentle day tour to explore the amazing coastline or improving your skills in the more challenging waters the island can provide. The team at Skyak know the waters around Skye intimately and can guide you to places inaccessible by any other means. Almost every other company offering sea kayaking courses are drawn to the Isle of Skye.

Established in 2000, Skyak offer a wide variety of courses, including expeditions, catering for all abilities ranging from complete beginners to those who have been paddling for years wanting to fine tune their skills. Whether you are looking for a unique outdoor experience, to get close to the wildlife, to improve your skills or just escape for a few days, these experts can arrange an itinerary to suit your requirements.

Gordon Brown has been described as one of the best sea kayaking coaches in the UK. He heads the team of coaches, all of whom are at least BCU Level 4 sea kayak specialists or equivalent. Skyak are a BCU approved paddlesports provider and member of the IOL.

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Knockan Crag 

Unlock the mysteries of one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. The visitor centre at Knockan Crag tells the story of ancient oceans, vast deserts and ice sheets, through poetry, sculpture and interactive exhibitions. 

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Bone Caves Walk

These caves are named after the remains of a bewildering amount and variety of animal bones that were discovered here over a hundred years ago. Take a torch to really get a feel for the place.

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Torridon Countryside Centre

Learn all about the local landscape and wildlife with interactive displays and discover the best place to catch a glimpse of pine-martins and otters.

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Beallach na Ba

This historic pass through the mountains of Applecross is one of the highest in Scotland and a popular but challenging day out for cyclists.

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Clachan Church

A simple yet attractive church on the Applecross Peninsula. No regular services, but open daily.

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Sand Beach

A sandy beach north of the village of Applecross, bordered by dunes. Neolithic remains have been uncovered from within the dunes, so keep an eye out!