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Places to Explore

  • Laide Wood: Maintained by volunteers next to the Old Smiddy and with access from the car park is Laide Wood. With a leisurely stroll you will have the chance to admire the two lochs and their abundance of flowers and trees. Full of wildlife its wise to keep an eye out for the shy Great Spotted Woodpecker and the ever present Buzzards flying over head. The walk to the cascades and bird hide is a popular trek among walkers and those seeking out the wildlife. More information can be found at:

  • Russian Arctic Convoy Museum: Dedicated to the brave sailors who battled through the harsh seas from Loch Ewe to Northern Russia. This museum gives a great insight into the lives of these heroes and they're sacrifices during World War II. Only a 5 minute drive from The Old Smiddy its a must for any traveller. To find out more please visit:

  • Inverewe Gardens: Owned by the National Trust for Scotland there are arrangements to welcome members of the National Trust from other countries. Containing an extraordinary collection of plants from many parts of the world including South America, New Zealand, the Himalayas and China, this is a must see attraction. Only a 35 minute drive, the gardens are open from spring through to late autumn. Details can be found here:

  • Gairloch Museum: Based in an early Cold War Anti-Aircraft Operations Room from 1952, this museum highlights in detail the history of the surrounding areas and the people who inhabited it. For more details visit:

  • Mellon Uldrigle: Just a 3 mile drive down a single track road rewards you with views over a white sandy beach of Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and An Teallach rising up on the eastern side of the bay. With a huge array of various birds to spot, there is also a good chance of seeing seals. But if you venture a little further you maybe lucky enough catch Otters playing amongst the rocks.


With many more attractions to visit and outdoor activities to do, your stay in Wester Ross should be a great adventure and a fun learning experience.

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