Gairloch is easily among the most exciting places to spend a summer in if you happen to be in Scotland. The scenery is almost impossible to beat and the sheer amount of fun activities to do can overwhelm even the most fast-paced of adventurers. The golf course regularly draws thousands thanks to its scenic beauty and the many museums, hotels, and beaches ensure that anybody can find something to thrill and awe them during their holiday.
Gairloch, while a full fledged city, is something of an anomaly in that it is the blanket term for the smattering of settlements and villages along the Loch Gairloch. This pristine lake is wonderful for swimming and kayaking but the real draw is the fishing; particularly shellfish fishing. While this used to be a formidable trade in the city, it is more of a hobby these days although any time you visit you will probably see at least one or two boats trawling the loch, looking for a prize catch.
Gairloch Holiday Park is also a fantastic place to visit if you are in fact vacationing here. Motor homes, caravans, and RVs are welcome at this site and the camping is widely considered to be top notch. Those looking to take in Gairloch's much loved harbor need only to take a trip to Charlestown. Luckily, Charlestown also happens to be very close to the aforementioned golf course so a quick round of nine or eighteen holes in front of the beach is an easy task for even the most time-pressed vacationers.
Gairloch has much to offer in the way of indoor entertainment as well. The Gairloch Heritage Museum is particularly ravishing to anybody with an interest in the history of this phenomenal land and, though it is often bypassed as simply a source of civic pride, this museum has in fact won international accolades for presenting some of the most fascinating education in all of Scotland. Also of interest is the charming area known as Smithtown. This is where the majority of the hotels and bed-and-breakfasts can be found in Gairloch. The beautiful cobbled streets almost instantly transport you back into a more innocent time and the friendly folks that flank the sidewalks will make you feel at home and cause you to miss the city the second you leave.
Gairloch is also home to some of the most gorgeous forests in all of Scotland as well. The Fisherfield Forest in particular is worthy of a visit if only to lay eyes on one of the country's last great wildlife refuges but the Shieldag Forest is no slouch in terms of beauty itself. This, perhaps more than anything, is what makes Gairloch such an amazing place to visit. Where else can you visit sprawling forests, paddle out into an enormous lake, lay out on the beach, and rest in a comfortable bed and breakfast all while taking in the rejuvenating Scottish air? If you have yet to pay a visit to this hidden treasure, please do so before it's too late. You'll never forgive yourself if you don't.