Wester Ross and Lochalsh


Wester Ross and Lochalsh are home to some of Europe’s finest coastal and mountain scenery. Stretching up the west coast of Scotland from the Glenelg peninsula, this region’s many highlights include picturesque villages such as Plockton, the rugged hills of Applecross and Torridon, the white sandy beaches around Gairloch and a vast inland area of little-visited rocky peaks, known to walkers as ‘the Great Wilderness’. To the north is the bustling ferry port of Ullapool and, beyond, the unique landscape of Coigach.

This guide features 40 shorter walks which find their way to the villages, woodlands, beaches and bays that make this region such a treasure.

96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide


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Wester Ross and Lochalsh

The area covered in this guide includes some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain landscapes in Britain. Stretching up the west coast of the Scottish mainland from the Glenelg peninsula to Achiltibuie, you’ll find some of Scotland’s most picturesque villages – Plockton, Shieldaig and isolated Applecross among them. There are superb and quiet beaches at Red Point near Gairloch, or lovely Gruinard Bay. There are iconic visitor attractions such as Eilean Donan Castle, or the subtropical gardens at Inverewe. The wildlife ranges from whales, dolphins and otters to deer, pine marten and eagle. The coastline is tortuously indented with sea lochs that penetrate, fjord-like, far inland. Rising above all this are range after range of impressive mountains – from the long, classic ridges of Kintail, through the stark, imposing majesty of the Torridon peaks to the strange, isolated monoliths of Coigach.


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