Situated in Wester Ross, Gairloch is a west coast town with a population of 2,300. The proximity to Loch Maree and Lochewe make this a popular tourist destination. Gairloch Harbour provides access to the sea, with views across the Minch to the Western Isles as well as the mountains of Torridon.
Gairloch consists of several close towns, the largest of which is Auchtercairn. This is the location of Gairloch Primary as well as Gairloch High School, which neighbours a leisure centre. Gairloch also contains shops, a golf course, a museum and public library. Gairloch is also noted for its biodiversity and variety of scenery.