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Living in Gairloch: The local area guide
Gairloch is situated in the north west Highlands of Scotland, perched on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross. Gairloch is popular with tourists from all over, as it has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. From Redpoint, the views of Raasay, the Western Isles and Skye, are quite simply breath-taking, and there is even the chance to catch sight of the volcanic peaks of Assynt in the north. Beautiful sandy beaches are commonplace around the village, in particular, the aptly named Big Sand. From time to time, whales can be spotted along the coastline, and there are wildlife cruises and whale watching excursions that can be organised.
Most of the land in and around Gairloch has been under the ownership of the Mackenzie family, ever since the 15th century. The Mackenzies were known to have a deep affinity with the land, and opted not to evict any tenants residing there, even though they were running at a loss. Evicted Highlanders from neighbouring areas came to settle down in Gairloch, resulting in the bustling community that it is today.
According to the 2011 census, there are just 740 people residing in Gairloch. In the wider Scottish council area, the Highlands, the population stands at 232,950 and has a low population density. The population is generally older with a large quantity hailing from the age group of above 45 years old.
In terms of employment, 15.9% work in professional occupations, 15.9% work in skilled trades, 13% work in associate professional and technical, while 12.2% work in administrative and secretarial.
There are 2 schools in Gairloch, Gairloch Primary School and Gairloch High School. Gairloch Primary School has around 79 pupils enrolled and is state funded. Gairloch High School is a six year secondary school and was previously called Achtercairn Secondary. For further education, there is a learning centre for West Highland College situated in Gairloch, and offers a variety of different courses.
There are 6 different bus services that operate in and around Gairloch that allow access to Laide, Ullapool, Inverness, Poolewe and Dingwall. The closest station to Gairloch is Strathcarron, where there are 4 trains a day that head to Inverness in just under 2 hours. The A832 road sits just outside of Gairloch, forming part of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail, and connects all the way to Cromarty on the east coast. Inverness Airport is the closest airport to Gairloch, although it is over 76 miles away to the east.
Amenities and shopping
The high street of Gairloch has a number of shops and places of interest, such as the Gairloch Leisure Centre, the library, the community hall, and the tourist information centre. The Gairloch Heritage Museum can be found here, where you can learn about local history and tradition, marvel at the way the people of the stone age and the bronze age lived in primitive conditions. The Farm & Garden Store, Gairloch Gifts and Hair Dot Com are also located on the high street, and are all locally owned.
The Old Inn Gairloch is a hotel with en suite rooms, and doubles up as a seafood and game restaurant, with a lot of real ales on offer. Hai Yang is a great restaurant that serves Chinese food and can be found in Auchtercairn.
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