With magnificent mountain ranges and some of the most remote and unspoilt land in the UK, Wester Ross in the Highlands has breathtaking and spectacular views and landscapes which can be appreciated by vehicle or foot. Intrepid walkers and climbers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to this area's natural geological challenges.
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Scenic Wester Ross
Much of Wester Ross is classified as a National Scenic Area - thus it is well worth a visit despite the many single-track roads which wind along the shores of the various sea lochs.
Ullapool is a picturesque fishing village which has a busy harbour but few visitor attractions other than its museum and an art studio. There are many local walks and boat trips to view the seabirds, dolphins and porpoises at the Summer Isles. A ferry runs from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. South of Ullapool are the spectacular Falls of Measach and the Corrieshalloch Gorge nature reserve that are both worth a visit.
The coastal border to the west provides many beautiful beaches on which to relax and cruises are available from the northern town of Ullapool to the Summer Isles for a spot of whale watching.
Quaint Villages to Explore
There are several villages with magnificent views and sandy beaches, including Gairloch, Poolewe and Inverewe (and the stunning Inverewe Gardens). Gruinard Bay is a beautiful area with a huge sandy beach and Dundonnel, at the tip of Little Loch Broom is a popular base for climbing the nearby An Teallach at 1,000 metres.
In the south are the quaint villages of Kishorn and Lochcarron where the wildlife conservation organisation WildAid has its base. A minor road from Kishorn travels west to the village of Applecross set amongst magnificent scenery with stunning views across to the island of Raasay. The road from Kishorn leads to the attractive village of Shieldaig and Torridon where the National Trust Countryside Centre provides information on the many walks in the area. The landscape in Glen Torridon is dramatic as the 1,000 metre mountains rise majestically from the valley.