Gairloch lies just on the western fringe of the famous “Wilderness” tract of unspoilt mountainous land, and can also boast Torridon to the south and Coigach and Assynt by Ullapool to the north. These areas have some of the best mountains in Scotland, with a large number of Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), and many other amazing smaller peaks to attract walkers and rock climbers. The area is considered by many a hillwalkers paradise. On lower ground, there are beautiful walks by the coast and around the many lochs and glens, offering spectacular views to the mountains and across the sea to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Beinn Eighe, the mountain, has a number of peaks over 3,000 feet high, and lies beside one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs, Loch Maree. This area, in the heart of Wester Ross, is included in the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Britain’s first NNR. The Reserve contains the largest remnant of ancient Caledonian pine forest in North-west Scotland, along with internationally important upland habitats, and is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. An award-winning visitor centre (open Apr – Oct), situated just west of Kinlochewe on the A832 road, gives information about the nature and geology of the area, including several walking and all-abilities trails from the centre. The Mountain trail is the first ever self-guided mountain trail and climbs to spectacular viewpoints above Loch Maree. Another impressive peak, Slioch, on the north side of Loch Maree, has featured in several films. At Cairns Cottage, we provide the local Ordnance Survey map and walking guidebooks to help you plan your walking routes.

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