Don’t worry that it’s a long way north – the best things in life are worth travelling for, and Wester Ross is no exception to this rule. A self catering holiday with the family of groups of friends in a remote shooting lodge or converted waterside croft cottage in this area of wild and rugged beauty will prove an experience to remember – for all the best reasons. Located in the North West Highlands of Scotland, Wester Ross is a land of sea lochs, dramatic mountain scenery, tumbling rivers and white sandy beaches all teaming with an abundance of wildlife. The ‘Lonely Planet’ guide has it down as one of the top 5 places to visit in the UK. The area covers the communities of Applecross, Lochcarron, Gairloch, Ullapool, Loch Maree and Poolewe. Drive, or fly into Inverness and rent a car to for a holiday experience like no other.
Glencarron is a beautiful Victorian shooting lodge near Strathcarron sleeping up to 18 in 11 bedrooms. This lovely large house enjoys breath taking views of the Glencarron Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands. Pets welcome.
Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
The Gulf Stream ensures the Wester Ross coast line enjoys a temperate climate all year round, making places such as Applecross, with its award winning restaurants and walks along the shores of its sea lochs, perfect for a break at any time of year. This little pocket of warmth allows gardens such as the Inverewe Gardens with its colourful semi tropical plants to thrive. These world famous gardens on an outcrop overlooking Loch Ewe cover 54 acres and are one of the most popular botanical attractions in Scotland.
The equally impressive 19th Century Attadale Gardens in Lochcarron offer 20 acres of hill paths providing beautiful views of Skye for visitors trekking past waterfalls, across ‘Monet-style/ bridges and sculptures. Booking a cottage here for a holiday in July and combine it with a visit to the Attadale Highland Games
For a more dramatic day out, the Corriesshalloch Gorge should sit atop any ‘must do’ list. This is a National Nature Reserve, a tree-shrouded chasm that carries the River Droma through a series of thundering waterfalls, some as high as 45metres. There are plenty of walks, a Victorian suspension bridge and a viewing platform offering what many visitors claim to be one of the best views in Scotland.
Wester Ross is an excellent location for a walking holiday, offering a choice of gentile coastal strolls around the sea lochs to full-on expeditions in the Torridons which have in the past been used by groups planning a climb in the Himalayas. You don’t have to walk every day, find a peaceful spot overlooking the Minch and do a spot of whale, dolphin or porpoise watching as this is one of the best places in Europe to view them from dry land. Bring binoculars!