Scotland has many iconic and beautiful places however Wester Ross is one that is often overlooked. This remote but enchanting area has some of the best natural beauty in the world. Located just between Loch Carron, Loch Broom and Achnasheen, this is an area that has remained unspoiled and is usually a quiet place to retreat to.
Wester Ross is one of very few places which still has the remains of the old Caledonian Forest. It’s a unique area, lonely, peaceful, wild and free. Most of all it will really make you consider what life is about as you have that time to simply absorb the day and have very little to distract you from those you are with. What better way to explore this wonderful area than in a Motorhome specially designed to give you the luxury yet ability to be wild and free with nature, the joy of not relying on everyday technologies.
Much of Wester Ross is actually still uninhabited and deserted in many places with little traffic and people. There are approximately 6000 people living in the Wester Ross area mainly in small villages, farms and a small town. We have driven through here and not met another soul on the road, which is quite a soul inspiring moment as it really lets you take in everything around you, (nothing like a bit of mindfulness to clear your head). We personally love the lochs located round this area, there is something about the water, the calmness and the tranquillity it brings.
Loch Maree lies in the heart of Wester Ross itself and stretches some 20km. It has some of the best spots for wildlife spotting. This is a fresh water loch and within it are five large wooded islands and around 25 smaller, many of these have their own little pockets of water. Having a picnic here taking in the wildlife and the water is a lovely day out.
Beinn Eighe is located outside one of my favourite places Kinlochewe. There is a visitor centre here where you can touch base with some actual people as often this is a lonely trip which we enjoy! There are some fantastic walking routes here and the paths are really well maintained and accessible which is always a bonus. Here you can get up close to the remains of the great Caledonian Pine Forest. The pines are so compact it’s a really memorable experience to have a walk here. If you choose to head up the mountain it’s worth the hike as the views will take your breath away, you can see Loch Maree from a sky view.
Ullapool is a lovely little fishing village. The harbour here can become quite busy when the ferries are coming in and you can head over to Stornoway and the Outer Isles from here. This is a great place if you are looking for some shops and also somewhere to grab something to eat. There is a fabulous museum and visitors centre in an old church which is worth investigating whilst you are there, not forgetting the seafood shack which serves up some of the most delicious freshly caught seafood.
Loch Ewe has some quaint little villages to visit including Poolewe , Cove and Mellon Charles. On a Tuesday in Poolewe you will come across their little market and in Auitbea there is one on a Friday in the peak season for tourists. You will find some lovely traditional pubs and small hotels here where you will be able to get a relaxed but delicious meal if you’re after a night off cooking. Loch Ewe has some historic places to visit including the war memorials which honour those lost in convoys. Loch Ewe was used to assemble naval vessels before setting sail. The old gun emplacements can still be seen.
Gairloch beach is one of my favourite places to spend a morning. There are some little boat trips if your after some activities for the day or simple take a picnic and the kids to the beach to expel some extra energy. We have had a lovely time here flying kites as it is often windy!
Applecross again is another special place and you really cannot beat the fresh sea food you will get cooked here at the Applecross Inn (booking is recommended to avoid disappointment). The road here is not for the faint hearted and there is an alternative so if your nervous please give us a shout for the other route in. The road however “Bealach na Ba” is a must do experience for anyone who lives in Scotland. The views are literally out of this world.
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In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.