The lighthouse is at the end of the peninsula three miles beyond Melvaig, near Gairloch in the north-west Highlands of Scotland.
There is no public transport to Rua Reidh Lighthouse!
By car, we are about half an hour from Gairloch, two hours from Ullapool, two hours from the Skye Bridge, three hours from Inverness and six hours from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen
The public road ends at Melvaig where there is a small car park. Visitors who do not have a confirmed booking at our accommodation are welcome to park at Melvaig and enjoy a walk out towards the lighthouse.
The road beyond Melvaig is a private road and is not open to the public.
Things to do at Rua Reidh Lighthouse
Two nights at Rua Reidh Lighthouse gives you a whole day to leave the car behind and explore the incredible area around the lighthouse on foot. Take a walk along the cliffs to the stunning beach at Camus Mor, explore the lochans and ancient woodland at Loch an Draing and return over the moorland, which is teeming with wildlife and offers stunning views.
For those not quite as energetic, explore the rockpools and the tiny bays and crags immediately around the lighthouse, or look out from our hide or the lighthouse wall to spot otters, seals, eagles, whales, dolphins, porpoises and hundreds of seabirds. Or just relax and unwind, soaking up the peace and tranquillity of our unique location.
Scroll down for some ideas for days out while you are staying at Rua Reidh Lighthouse.
Whale and Wildlife Watching
Looking out from the lighthouse wall or our wildlife hide are great places to spot wildlife, but for an even better chance, take a boat trip or guided wildlife walk. We recommend Hebridean Whale Cruises, who go out to the Minch and the Shiant Isles on a fast RIB, Gairloch Marine Wildlife Cruises who explore Loch Gairloch, and Shellfish Safaris, a working creel boat. Walking and Wildlife Adventures run guided wildlife walks for our guests by arrangement.
If you are planning to take a boat trip we strongly recommend that you book a week or two in advance of your stay as they are very popular with limited spaces available, especially in the peak holiday season. If you book and the operator cannot run the trip because of weather or sea conditions you will not be charged so if you are interested in a boat trip it is better to make the booking than risk being disappointed.
Gairloch and the Overside
Explore the pretty village of Gairloch and the surrounding countryside. Gairloch itself has a fascinating little museum (which displays the original Rua Reidh light and foghorn), and plenty of shops and cafes. The GALE centre on the seafront provides extensive tourist information and also runs local craft and produce markets every Monday and Thursday in the season, as well as hosting exhibitions – well worth a visit as there is always something on. There is a great walk from the harbour past historic Flowerdale House up to a lovely waterfall.
Driving south out of Gairloch, after a couple of miles you come to a road on the right taking you to the area known locally as the ‘overside’. This road passes through the scenic village of Badachro and on down to the wonderful beaches at Redpoint with spectacular views over to the Isle of Skye. At Badachro you can stop for a drink at the Badachro Inn with lovely views over the bay, or take a trip on a real working creel boat with a local fisherman.
Six miles north of Gairloch is Loch Ewe, famous as the base for the Arctic Convoys in World War 2. You can see WW2 remains around the loch, the memorial at Cove and visit the Arctic Convoy exhibition at Aultbea.
At the village of Poolewe there is a weekly craft and produce market every Tuesday. The famous garden at Inverewe always has something in bloom and the recently renovated house is open to the public. Drive through the village of Aultbea right to the end of the road at Mellon Charles and you will find Scotland’s only working perfumery, the Perfume Studio, which also has a lovely café with great views.
Kinlochewe, Torridon and Diabeg
Travel through Gairloch and head towards Kinlochewe. At Slattadale by the edge of Loch Maree, you can visit the famous Victoria Falls. When Queen Victoria herself visited, the rivers above the falls were diverted to ensure that the waterfall would be spectacular enough for Her Majesty! Further along Loch Maree you can take a walk on the Glas Leitir trails and visit the Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre which has excellent interactive displays about the wildlife of the area.
Turn right in the village of Kinlochewe to take the scenic drive through Glen Torridon, which has some of Scotland’s most famous mountains (Liathach, Beinn Alligin). At the bottom of the glen is Loch Torridon, again with incredible views and scenery. Turning right into the village of Torridon, you can take the steep road to the lovely village of Diabeg.