Mellon Udrigle beach circuit - To the right of the house is a short circular walk approximately 4km long. It takes you to the cairn on the point and then across and down to Opinan Bay with a return to Mellon Udrigle along the old peat road. There’s plenty of seals to see along this walk with great views across the sea to Assynt, Coigach and the Summer Isles.
Walkhighlands.co.uk is a great webpage to explore for all the walks listed below in the area.
Places to Visit:
Inverewe Gardens and Estate – This world-famous garden was founded by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862 on a barren peninsular overlooking the village of Poolewe. It is regarded as one of the finest gardens in Europe, with a plant collection of international importance. Favoured with the milder climate created by the gulf stream, Inverewe Garden and Estate, now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, is well named as the “Oasis of the North”. There is also a restaurant on the estate. For more information visit www.nts.org.uk
Arctic Convoy Fortification Museum – Loch Ewe was one of the main convoy assembly points during World War two with 19 of the Arctic Convoys having departed from here. A string of disused fortifications along much of the loch-side testifies to the substantial activity that took place. The museum is situated it Aultbae. For more information visit www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk
The Perfume Studio – Become entranced by Scotland’s only working perfume studio at Mellon Charles. A range of perfumes and toiletries are designed, made and available for sale here. The visitor will also find a photograph studio and café within the premise. The view of the Torridon range is fantastic from here.
Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach – The river Droma descends dramatically over the Falls of Measach into the impressive gorge 1.25 km long and 60m deep. This was formed by glacial melted waters excavating a channel through rock already weakened by vertical fracture. The gorge sides support mosses, ferns and liverworts. Access is from the car park on the 832 Gairloch Rd before you come to the Braemore junction.
Gairloch Heritage museum – This award-winning museum is housed in converted barn buildings. The museum takes you on a journey through time, showing how local people lived and worked in Gairloch through the ages.
Gairloch Pier – From the pier you can take various boat trips and will also find a small marine life centre, shops and a café.
Gairloch Leisure centre – offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for the local community and visitors to the area. The facilities include a four court games hall, climbing wall, fitness room, all-weather pitch and outdoor tennis courts.
Gairloch Golf course – This nine-hole course is set amongst rolling dunes and provides an excellent challenge to golfers of all abilities. The licenses café has panoramic views over the course, the beach, and out across Loch Gairloch.
Gairloch Trekking Centre – Come and enjoy pony trekking. All horses and ponies are well mannered, and all staff are qualified. Lead reins, walkouts, treks and beach rides for all ages and abilities. www.gairlochtrekkingcentre.co.uk