There is a huge amount to do and see in the area depending on you want
to do. The hills, mountains and woods nearby offer the opportunity
to walk sedately or climb some famous peaks. Driving along the coast
is great for exploring - there are many great wee villages and
beaches to stop and take in, often on your own as people tend to
stick to the main routes so you certainly get the opportunity to get
away from things.
The Highlands offer a great opportunity to go wildlife and bird watching, Drumchork Farmhouse owners are very keen birders and post a lot of what we see in the garden and area on our Facebook page. We do get some great visitors from birds that migrate by, in the winter it is not uncommon to see arctic gulls on the shores. We also have white tailed sea eagles in the vicinity and golden eagles in the hills - no matter how many times you see these amazing creatures, it still takes your breath away! At sea we have both grey and common seals and there are some great areas nearby for watching them haul out and bask in the sun.
The Loch and sea around the area were designated a Marine Protected Area in 2014 and this helps to look after some of the amazing wildlife that migrate through, live in and visit to breed, including porpoise, dolphin, and whales. We also get majestic basking shark feeding out at sea when the plankton blooms in the warmer months. Some of the headlands such as Rua Reidh Lighthouse offer fantastic vantage points to watch from land, but boat trips from Ullapool and Gairloch also offer an opportunity to go out and see these great creatures up close.
Ashore we have deer that feed on the hills and sometimes come quite close, and even Pine Martin, once near extinct but saved by the population in Wester Ross.
Many first time visitors are shocked to discover we have wonderful
sandy beaches that on a sunny day would convince people you have
been abroad. Some of the beaches nearby are quite well known,
Gruinard, Big Sand, Firemore. A few local beaches are included in
the north west snorkel trail so bring up your wetsuit and go explore
the underwater wildlife and beauty. Others are great for rock
pooling with the kids, or just relaxing on and listening to sea and
watching the sunset.
Many guests that stay at Drumchork Farmhouse go Kayaking. The great
beaches we have are only the start - we have miles of coastline and
bays, headlands and small isles. There are a number of great places
for launching canoes, kayaks and small boats locally, jetties and
slipways. There is room in front of the Farmhouse for canoes on the
grass, we hope in the future to have a secure shed that they can be
stored in if required. We have put together a selection of locations
suitable for launching from to help you plan.
The Farmhouse has a well equipped kitchen so you can cook for yourself whilst on holiday. There are some great suppliers nearby where you can source local produce and seafood, the Loch Ewe Smokehouse is just along the road and fabulous.
There is also a good selection of places to eat, ranging from takeaway, bar meals and restaurants. Many source their food locally, including croft reared beef and lamb, venison off the hill, salmon from the loch and fish and shellfish landed by the local fishermen.
Take a look in our links page for some suggestions on
where to go for all of the ideas we give here.