Although this is a remote location there is a good selection of food available in the local area but expect to pay more than your local supermarket.
Laide Post Office have a small carefully chosen selection of wine, beer and spirits at very reasonable prices. Try the An Teallach beer brewed at Dundonell. They also have a good basic supply of groceries. We highly recommend the smoked fish from the Isle of Ewe Smoke house in nearby Mellon Charles. Anything they don’t have they will get for you. You will find them most friendly and helpful. This is also the place to get petrol, fishing permits and of course your daily newspaper.
Aultbae Stores is a well stocked grocers which offers a reasonable selection of wines and beers.
The Aultbae Hotel is getting good reviews. The location is fantastic and we have had a pleasant evening meal here with good local sea food. It is worth booking ahead and asking for a window table.
The Perfume Studio has a commanding view over Loch Ewe. It is a great venue for coffee or a light lunch and also sells gifts and its' own handmade soap and perfumes. The soap in the croft is made in the perfume studio.
The Drumchork Hotel in Aultbae offers basic pub food. They have the smallest distillery in the UK.
If you go a bit further afield we love the Badachro Inn just south of Gairloch (about 40 min from the croft). The location is fantastic overlooking a delightful anchorage. Good beer and good food.
The Mountain Coffee Company & Bookstore in Gairloch has great home baking and is a good place for coffee with an excellent selection of books. We recommend the monster scones!
Things to do
We enjoy the Poolewe Tuesday Market at the village hall. There is good quality local crafts and a range of local produce - fresh bread, cheese and seafood.
Gairloch Heritage Museum takes you 'on a journey through time' showing how local people lived and worked through the ages.
Gairloch Golf Club occupies a fabulous location above a beautiful long sandy beach with the Minch and the islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis to the west, the mountains of Torridon to the south, and the wilderness of Letterewe to the east.
Inverewe Gardens A ‘lush, tropical oasis’ perched on a peninsula on Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, this world-famous 21 hectare (54 acre) historic garden is one of Scotland’s most popular botanical attractions. It is surrounded by over 809 hectares (2,000 acres) of estate managed for conservation. Created out of bare rock and a few scrub willows in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie, it is full of colourful, exotic plants from around the world.