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Gairloch - Fort William

Between Gairloch and Fort William

Between Gairloch and Fort William


Driving and Detours:

Driving time... a slow road.

Along this road you'll become familiar with the sign: "Single Track Road with Passing Places" Parts of this route entail stretches of such roads; they're in good condition, but speeds are necessarily slower. In fact they are fun, and relaxing to drive.... everyone observes the courtesy of pulling over and allowing approaching cars the right of way if one is nearer a "Passing Place" than they are. A sort of cameraderie arises (much smiling and waving).


The National Parks of Beinn Eighe (pronounced ben ay) and Torridon are protected wilderness areas, and along the way you'll see examples of the torridon sub-species of Caledonian Pine (pinus sylvestris). Aultroy Visitor Centre has an exhibition of the ecology unique to the area (open May to Oct). Many interesting walks around about ranging from long and strenuous to quick and easy.

above right; Mountains of Torridon, looking North.

Strome Castle

Near Lochcarron off the A896. See Strome Castle page in the Castles and History section.

One of the finest detours to be taken off this route is to the Island of Skye. I hope to add more about this later. Also the Applecross peninsular.

See Information about Lochcarron, Kishorn, Shieldaig and Applecross. What to do and see. by Alastair Baxter, owner of Gracie's Cottage and Ardoch Cottage, below.

Accommodation en route or round about:

Bed & Breakfast accommodation:

Old Pines Restaurant in Spean Bridge by Fort William. Small hotel offering dinner and bed and breakfast. Fine Scottish cuisine in a beautiful setting.

Kinloch Lodge

Wonderful hotel on Skye. World renowned food.

Self-catering houses and cottages:

At Shiel Bridge is Shiel Lodge, traditional Highland sporting Lodge with many thousands of acres to wander in. Sleeps up to 12.

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