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Where to eat and drink?
Gairloch is well served when it comes to food and drink - Links are at the bottom of this page.
For groceries we have a number of general stores, a delicatessen, butchers, sweet and cake shop. These are Strath Stores (oddly enough, this is in Strath Square), which is both a general store and an excellent delicatessen selling a wide range of Scottish products including Cheeses and Smoked meats / fish. Opening times are every day except Sunday, and from 8am - 6pm. Just up the road from Strath Stores, there's Kenneth Morrison - Butchers & Game Dealer (this means things like venison...... not jigsaws ) . Across from Morrison's, there's "Sweet" which does a range of cakes, sweets and ice cream.
On the main road, there is a McColls store that everybody locally calls the "Wildcat" (its old name), and at the harbour area, there's "The shop at the Pier".....which everybody calls the "Chemistore" (yes, that was its old name as well). Change happens slowly here!
Hotels and restuarants - Starting off at the harbour, there's the Old Inn. This has an outside seating area, riverside location, real ale from it's own microbrewery, and a choice of restuarant or bar food. Moving closer towards the "Strath" area of Gairloch, there's the Gairloch Hotel and Shieling Restaurant on the main road, the Myrtle Bank Hotel on Low Road (turn left just after pasisng the school) , and the Millcroft Hotel near Strath Square at the centre of the North end of the village. Both hotels have real ale, both have a focus on local food and seafood, and both offer an outside area for relaxing. Also on Strath Square there's Na Mara - this is a relaxed and informal restaurant, interpreting traditional Scottish cooking with contemporary flair and skill. And if you need some faster food - there's a fish and chip shop at Strath Square or the "Surf Shack" beside the museum.
Fancy a short drive? Just a few miles out of Gairloch, heading south and then turning right along the road to Badachro and Redpoint, you come first of all to the Shieldaig Hotel - this is a grand old building in the traditional "hunting lodge" style. Further on to Badachro is the only actual "inn" in the area, at the Badachro Inn. Here you can have real ale, good food, and sit outside watching boats at anchor or occasionally some otters playing. Finally, the last stop along the road will be Glendale House. Although not a full time hotel, this has a comfortable lounge bar and does meals from late afternoon onwards.
Finally, outside the immediate village of Gairloch and along the Melvaig road, there's the Melvaig Inn (about six miles out, and right by the shore).
Cafes: All the hotels / restaurants mentioned above will of course offer teas / coffees etc. However, we also have a selection of cafes available. Following the same route, the Harbour Lights cafe is understandably found at the harbour- also selling ice cream and soft drinks. Passing the beach area, if you fancy some golf (or just a relaxing view of the course) Gairloch Golf Club has an all day cafe open to everybody. At Strath Square itself, the Mountain Coffee Company awaits you, and offers a range of coffees, baking and home cooked food while surrounding you with books and outdoor memorabilia !
Links to most of the above (not all have websites) are available by clicking HERE