The Whitehouse, Naast is the ideal place to share a holiday with friends and family a place to get away from it all in private seclusion with lots of out door space to explore. The township of Naast is not far from local amenities in Poolewe and Gairloch.
Walks on your doorstep
The Naast to Gairloch walk starts right across the road from the Whitehouse. At the beginning of this walk you get great views of Loch Ewe.
The pretty 3-mile walk along the road from Naast to Poolewe has views across the water to Inverewe Garden and the Sutherland mountains beyond. Ben Arachar makes for a beautiful backdrop to the coastal village of Poolewe and offers good walking for those who want more than a stroll. There are low level walks starting from the Poolewe bridge carpark. Here the Kernsary circular walks starts by following the river Ewe Other paths along this route take you to the shores of Loch Marree or Fione Loch. The Wilderness Challenge takes place here every year in August.
At the house we stock many books, guides leaflets and maps to assist you with your walking plans or why not visit the local Tourist Information Point in Gairloch, the GALE Centre staff offer friendly local knowledge on the walks in the area and can help you get the best out of your stay.
Inverasdale School near Firemore beach opens to the public serving really good home baking and teas but only Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
Poolewe is a picturesque village at the head of Loch Ewe although now very much a tranquil place it’s recent history was that of a bustling harbour used by the Russian Artic Convoys during world war two. Loch Ewe naval history is still very evident in the area, the Whitehouse started life as the Admirality Pumping station built to supply water to the many boats moored in Loch Ewe.
In the village there is lane swimming and family fun sessions at the Poolewe Swimming Pool. Poolewe Hotel offers bar and restaurant menus Pool table and Football TV events when on.The Bridge Cottage coffee shop and Poolewe Shop/post office are near the village green over looking the river Ewe. The river meets the sea here and can be a good start point for otter watching as they are often seen fishing and swimming in and around the mouth of the river Ewe and Boor corner.
Inverewe Garden The Oasis of the North
Exploring the fifty-two acres of the nearby Inverewe Garden is a must see for many visitors with the Garden open all year round. Inverewe is a world famous garden with many southern hemisphere plants. During the earlier part of the year the woodland spring flowers, magnolias and rhododendron displays are most beautiful with a more exotic feel to plantings during the summer months. There are children’s trails and Easter egg hunts please ask about these at the visitor centre, which opens, from Easter each year.
New in 2016 Inverewe House will be open to the public.
Wildlife boat cruises leave from Inverewe Garden and nearby Gairloch. Seals, sea eagles and otters are among some of the Scottish wild life you could see. The shoreline from Poolewe to Inverewe is a good place to look out for wading birds such as herons, oystercatchers, mergansers, green shanks and much more. The wild life hide just outside Inverewe Garden offers shelter and information boards about some of the local bird life. Read about where others have seen otter’s eagles and pine martins or just spend some quiet time taking in the view and listening to the sounds of the sea.
Sunsets are often glorious from the loch front and are worth making the effort to be there at the right time.
Gairloch is 9 miles south and has a friendly helpful Tourist Information Point in the GALE Centre www.visitgairlochandlochewe.co.uk serving the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area. It is open all year round and seven days from easter to December. If you are looking for other activities, places to eat, walking guides and maps then you wont be disappointed. The GALE Centre has free WIFI and is a great community space where you can enjoy local baking and good fairtrade freshly ground coffee while browsing information and enjoying the community shop. Their Monday markets are all year round with a Thursday market in the main season, meet some of the local people and pick up some local produce or a special gift to remind you of your stay.
The Gairloch Heritage Museum is a great small museum there is much to keep your interest.
Aultbea - The Perfume Studio at Melllon Charles is very popular for food and their home made soaps and wee shop.
The Slaggan walk starts not far from the cafe and is well worth finding more out about it..
Wild swimming down at the Boom Beach happens every Sunday morning if you are interested to join in email us for more details.
Firemore- between Naast and Cove
Gairloch Beach- accessable from Golf course car park.
Big Sand- Sands Holiday Centre Gairloch
Redpoint- take the road to Badachro
Camas Mhorgoing past Badachro.
Mellon Udrigle - take the road from Laide Fuel station
Gruinard Bay- accessable from main road