Wester Ross is in the beautiful North West Highlands of Scotland, and contains a quite spectacular combination of Mountains, lochs, wild moorland areas, and views across the "Minch" to Skye and the Outer Hebrides.
What can you experience here? Well, for a start - The Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve - the world famous Inverewe Gardens - The Bealach na Ba road over to Applecross, rising to 2500 ft up hairpin bends and with views over the Western Isles and Skye - Torridon National Trust reserve - Lochcarron - Gairloch - Poolewe - mountains, lochs, sea views, island vistas along the stunning A832 coastal road!
Most of the settlements here run along the coastline from South to North (or even North to South), with the small town of Ullapool in the North, to the area around Loch Carron in the South. The village of Gairloch holds centre stage, being roughly the same distance from both of the aformentioned places. Here's a MAP that shows you all of this!
Loch Torridon, looking across towards Beinn Alligin
Our own group, called "Visit Wester Ross - the Celtic Fringe", is a tourism association covering most of the Wester Ross area. It started in 1997 when it was realised that the communities along the route of the A832 from Garve to Gairloch, Lochcarron, and Aultbea were becoming increasingly isolated due to the main "official" tourist route running from Garve straight to Ullapool - giving the impression that there was nothing to see in our own area! Nothing to see?
Did we mention whale watching, hillwalking, birdlife, and a culture stretching back thousands of years to the remains of Neolithic houses from 4,000 years ago? No? What about stunning scenery, the gaelic heritage, world famous gardens, climbing, woodlands, peaceful villages, cycling, museums, visitor centres.........
Wester Ross has it all...and if you click HERE you can download a (low resolution) PDF of a booklet that was recently produced that takes you on a car journey through Wester Ross from South to North. It has details on individual communities, distances, what to see and do and how to get there. Enjoy!