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Walking in and around Gairloch

Gairloch and the surrounding area offer excellent walking opportunities, whether you're looking for a coastal ramble, a Munro or a woodland trail.

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, Liathach, Beinn Alligin and An Teallach.


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.


Other local walks include:

1  The Fairy Lochs trail which takes you to the site of a memorial to a crashed WW2 bomber when it was returning to the US from Prestwick Airfield at the end of the war. 

2  Flowerdale Estate where you can walk to a waterfall through land belonging to the MacKenzie's of Gairloch.

3  Around the stunning headland at Rua Reidh Lighthouse where you can see sea-stacks and nesting sea birds.

Red Point beaches where part of the movie 'What We Did on Our Holiday' was filmed.

5  Gairloch beach and pier where you can see many fishing boats going in and out as well as local boat tours.


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, explore the Sands River Circuit, or wander around our short 2km Circular Path with views out over the campsite.

For more information on nearby walks there are plenty of books and maps for sale in the campsite shop. WalkHighlands have a comprehensive website covering walks for all abilities - there is a map displaying some of these walks as well as descriptions at reception and also in the indoor eating area on site. There are also many local qualified mountain guides who can suggest walks for your level of fitness and experience.

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