Gairloch, a traditional crofting and fishing village, is situated 3 miles from Sands and has much to offer the holiday maker including: • Q guild butcher • Grocery shops • Craft shops • Health centre • Coffee shops • Restaurants • Post office • Tourist Information office • Dentist (twice a week) • Vet (twice a week)
The area surrounding Sands offers many varied and unique activities for the whole family. On the first Saturday of July every year Sands hosts the Gairloch Highland Gathering. With events including a hill race, heavy athletics and a pet parade, as well as a ceilidh and dance at night, it has become an annual highlight for locals and tourists alike and is the ideal opportunity to experience the vibrancy of the Gairloch Area.
The Gairloch area has many sites of historical interest and our award winning museum explores the area’s history with exhibits including a croft house interior, a replica of a Highland shop and Rua Reidh Lighthouse’s original lens. In nearby Sheildaig the Fairy Lochs walk visits a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber plane and the Sands Archaeological Trail has examples of prehistoric round houses, turf dikes and old run rig systems. For more information on the area’s history why not buy a copy of J.H. Dixon’s Guide to Gairloch and Loch Maree, available from the museum. Written in 1886 it includes details of the history, superstitions and folklore of the area and is considered by many locals to be a minor classic.