Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Scottish Highlands  /  Gairloch  /  Wildlife Areas  /  Loch Maree
Loch Maree, Gairloch
(4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Loch Maree is a loch in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. At 20km long and with a maximum width of 4km, it is the fourth largest freshwater loch in Scotland; it is the largest north of Loch Ness. Its surface area is 28.6km2.Loch Maree contains five large wooded islands and over 60 smaller ones, many of which have their own lakelets. Isle Maree has the remains of a chapel, graveyard, holy well, and holy tree on it, believed to be the 8th century hermitage of Saint Máel Ruba, who founded the monastery of Applecross in 672. The same island also contains ancient stands of oak and holly which have been linked with ancient Scottish druids. The waters of the loch were also thought to have curative effects, with being submerged in the water thought to be a cure for lunacy. All of the loch's islands are conservation areas. The largest is the only island in Britain to contain a loch that itself contains an island.Like Loch Ness, Loch Maree has its own monster in the form of the muc-sheilch. The loch is often referred to as the most beautiful loch in the Highlands.
Our Gairloch travel itinerary maker makes visiting Loch Maree and other Gairloch attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Source
map
Create a full Gairloch itinerary

Plan your trip to Gairloch

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Gairloch by other users

12 days in Western Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Europe BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA April, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Portugal & Scotland BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Scotland & Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Nice ride in the middle of wonderful landscapes, take the time to discover all the details of this gift we made the Scottish nature
    View original
  • We had a stop over at the Caravan Club site beside Loch Maree on the way to Gairloch from Inverness with our campervan. What a great view you get on the single track road above the loch. Good walking ...  more »
  • Lovely views. Peaceful and tranquil As part of the North Coast 500 trail. Lovely little pull ins along its length offering fantastic views.