Wester Ross can have some stunning summer weather thanks to the warm Gulf Stream current. Indeed, while at a similar latitude to Moscow, it is possible to grow palm trees in local gardens. To make the most of the weather, it’s worth hitting some great beaches. The Atlantic water is usually a few degrees warmer than that found in the North Sea to the east, and in sheltered bays can be warm enough to accommodate a whole day swimming. Some of the great beaches can be found South of Port Henderson at Opinan (just a 10-minute walk from the cottage), and further along the road at Redpoint, where two beaches can be found either side of the point. There is also a lovely beach by the nine-hole golf course in Gairloch. North of Gairloch there is a predictably large beach at Big Sand, and further afield there are good clean beaches at Mellon Udrigle and Gruinard Bay.