A sheltered bay at Badachro for boats!
Badachro is a small hamlet, formally a fishing village, and is a few miles from Gairloch. Badachro looks onto a sheltered inlet of the sea loch - Loch Gairloch and you can see the small island Eilean Horrisdale which is close by. The Badachro Inn is very welcoming with snacks, meals and good beer available at Lunchtime and in the evening.
Looking over the sea loch you can see Strath and Gairloch. It is a good location to appreciate how widespread the Gairloch community is.
The sheltered bay is very popular with boats and yachts moored in this area for sailing in Loch Gairloch and beyond. Sea angling is also one of the activities you can enjoy while visiting this area and the small pier is often used to fish off, with other locations nearby where you can fish off the rocks and boat fishing trips can be arranged at Gairloch harbour. Most of the lochs around Bachro have brown trout and permits are available from the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel.
The area has many places ideal for hill walking and other outdoor activities such as horse/pony riding. If you prefer a holiday where you are away from other people then the beaches further along the road at Redpoint will give you the space, peace and quiet even in the summer months.
Badachro Inn near Gairloch in Wester Ross, Scotland
Badachro looking towards Badachro Inn and Jetty
If you want the place to yourself without other visitors then an out of season autumn, winter or spring break is when the area just has locals and a few visitors and you will then realise how sparsly populated the west highlands are. There is a certain magic to be the only person with footprints on the beach, so take a chance and book an out of season highland break as well as a summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland.
Crabs landed at the Badachro Jetty
Badachro is a small crofting and fishing community located a short drive from Gairloch. To get to Badachro you need to travel along a single track road that eventually leads to Redpoint, which is the end of the road literally. While you need to travel back the way you came you will get to see another perspective on the scenery long this route.
Take time to stop at the various villages and hamlets and explore the coastline, there is plenty to see and the area is rich in wildlife. We have watched otters on the rocky coastline as they catch fish or simply playing in the water. You may also see eagles flying overhead along with many other species of birds that have made this area their home.
Along this route are several lovely beaches, at Opinan and at Redpoint.
At Badachro is a small parking area which tends to get very busy in summer. The pub serves food and you are able to enjoy the view over Loch Gairloch from the pier.
Map of Badachro
Alternative Map - OS online map of this area plus maps and books on the Highlands of Scotland
Old boat wreck at Badachro, picture taken in 2005
Shieldaig mountains photographed on the road to Badachro
View over Loch Gairloch and Strath Bay where you can often see dolphins and whales