There is more than one beach on the edge of Loch Gairloch, in Wester Ross. You have a choice of the expansive Big Sand beach, which faces south, the beach at Gairloch itself, just in front of the west-facing golf course and more beaches at Red Point, further round to the south. The sea loch also includes access to the village and yachting haven of Badachro, a sheltered area of creeks and woods. In short, this is a varied natural environment, with all the conveniences that you’ll need in Gairloch itself.
What the beach means to Valerie and Jim
A view from the dunes on Gairloch beach.
Looking out to the bay from above Gairloch beach.
A view from the dunes at Big Sand beach in Gairloch.
On a fine weather day, Big Sand beach was the setting for this re-visit to Gairloch. This is the most expansive of the beaches around the bay, with tall dunes that sit behind the beach. Out to sea, whales and dolphins can be spotted in the wide bay, as you look across to the yachting haven at Badachro. This is a fine beach to enjoy a walk on, with myriad elemental stimuli all around. Highly recommended.
A maritime perspective from Wim.
What the beach means to Gusta.
Big sand beach in Gairloch at the height of summer.
For this summer re-visit to the bay at Gairloch, I explored its southern edge, settling at beautiful Red Point beach after a drive through Badacro, past the cruising yachts at anchor. This beach is approached via high dunes and there are sea-shaped round stones at the back of the beach. On this occasion, the tide was out and the sea was tranquil and welcoming, as my interviewee testified. There are fine views across to the Black Cuillins on Skye, south to Loch Torridon and even across The Minch to the Isle of Harris on a clear day. Highly recommended.
What the beach means to Trish.
A view from above Red Point.
An exquisite panorama, by the water at Red Point.