Sea-life cruises are available departing from Gairloch harbour and these will give you an instructional day out watching seals, dolphins and, with luck, a whale or two. A variety of 2-hour and 4-hour cruises are also available from Ullapool pier, some of which allow you to spend a little time on one of the Summer Isles where you may visit the Post Office and purchase some of their very own postage stamps. Wherever you sail from, you are guaranteed an interesting day out.
For those special Highland gifts, excellent shopping can be found nearby in the towns of Gairloch and Ullapool. Here there are museums to visit and boat trips to be enjoyed amidst the mountainous scenery. The Gairloch Centre has a fitness room and there are swimming pools in Poolewe (8 miles), Ullapool (42 miles) and Inverness (73 miles).
The world famous sub-tropical Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe are a must see no matter what the time of year. These gardens, created by Sir Osgood Mackenzie over 100 years ago and now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, occupy a large promontory jutting out into Loch Ewe and have been carefully laid out with hundreds of species of plants, shrubs and trees.
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