Directions

There are two routes to Gairloch by road:-

Firstly, the more scenic but rather longer and slower route follows the A82 along the shores of Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe to Fort William; thence, continuing on the A82 north to Invergarry, and then via the A87 and A890/A896 to Strathcarron and Lochcarron. From there the route follows the A896 north through Shieldaig and Torridon to Kinlochewe and then finally the A832 north west along the side of Loch Maree to Gairloch. From Fort William onwards you will pass several famous landmarks on the way - the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge, Cluanie Inn, the 5 Sisters of Kintail, Eilean Donan Castle, the beginning of the spectacular road over the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross (which you could include in your itinerary if you wish and time permits) and Loch Maree.

Secondly, the somewhat faster and more direct route which quite simply takes the A9 north to Inverness, thence via the A9/A835 to Garve and then west on the A832 to Achnasheen, Kinlochewe and Gairloch. This route encompasses mostly good fast roads, although the A9 can sometimes seem frustratingly slow in heavy traffic.

For those wishing to travel here by air, Inverness Airport is some 77 miles from Gairloch and car hire is readily available either from the airport or from Inverness itself. The drive from the airport to Gairloch is comparatively easy, mostly on good roads, and normally takes less than 2 hours.

For rail travellers, there is a railway station at Achnasheen which is some 29 miles from Gairloch. There are local taxi and bus services operating in Gairloch - please see our "Useful Links" page for links to the relevant websites where current bus timetables can be found.