Gairloch and the surrounding area offer excellent walking opportunities, whether you're looking for a coastal ramble, a Munro or a woodland trail.
Fairy Lochs crash site
With the world famous Torridon mountains only an hour's drive away Sands is ideally situated for those who are interested in more exhilarating and strenuous walks, including the celebrated peaks of Slioch (981 m), Liathach (1055m), Beinn Alligan (986 m) and An Teallach (1062m). The Beinn Eighe National Nature reserve, established in 1951 and incorporating over 48 square kilometres of land, provides a variety of trails including woodland walks that explore the ancient pine forests, as well as opportunities to venture into the mountainous environment of Beinn Eighe.
Beinn Eighe ridge from Kinlochewe
Other local walks include the Fairy Lochs trail, which takes you to the site of a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber, Flowerdale Estate, where you can walk to a waterfall through land belonging to the MacKenzie's of Gairloch, and around the stunning headland at Rua Reidh Lighthouse where you can see sea-stacks and nesting sea birds.
Around the Campsite there are many short walks too; you can ramble along the shore to an Old Salmon Bothy, walk through the Crofting Townships of Big Sands and North Erradale, or explore the Sands Archaeological Trail which includes many examples of turf dykes, bronze age hut circles and old runrig systems.
For more information on nearby walks there are plenty of books for sale in the Campsite shop, and WalkingHighlands have a comprehensive website covering walks for all abilities. There are also many local qualified mountain guides who can suggest walks for your level of fitness and experience.