Day 161 : Gairloch Sands – Cove

It’s quite exciting today for me as my sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and Terry, are coming to join me for a week. We will be staying in a caravan at Lairde and as well as doing some of the walking with me, they will help with picking me up and dropping me off.


Walk Date :                10th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     12.70 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,528.49 miles
Accommodation :      Loch Gruinard Caravan Park, Lairde

Gairloch is a strung out Highland village of three parts. Charlestown where the habour is, Auchtercairn at the junction off the main road where the Heritage Centre is and Smithtown at Strath Bay which is the commercial centre of Gairloch.


I pass a girl raising some flags up a flagpole by a store called the “Buddha by the Sea” which had only just opened and seemed to sell a bit of everything. At Strath Bay I stopped at the Mountain Coffee Company and bookshop which sells smashing coffee with delicious cakes and has the Hillbillies bookshop next door.


I walk along the coast past the Gairloch Sands Youth Hostel, a former hunting lodge which had just closed for the season. I continue around the corner past a place called Big Sand with a large unspoilt sheltered beach and a campsite and holiday park next to the beach with views of Longa Island.


I pass a number of small crofting villages, North Erradale, Peterburn and Aultgrishan. Near North Erradale I cautiously passed some highland cattle that were a bit reluctant to move. I arrive at Melvaig with its scattering of houses but continue on the private track for about three miles to Rubha Reidh.


Rubha Reidh has a lighthouse which was built in 1910, which is now privately owned and is run as a guesthouse. As I continue along the cliffs I see a number of sea stacks and then the lovely beach of Camus Mor comes into view.