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Steve Carter's excellent website not only contains wonderful photographs of the area but also a huge amount of interesting information.

The village of Shieldaig sits on the shore of Loch Shieldaig - a sea loch which opens onto Loch Torridon and then out to the Minch. Opposite the village is Shieldaig Island, a bird sanctuary which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland on which Sea Eagles have nested in recent years. 

The village was built in the early 1800s specifically to train sailors for the Royal Navy. Until the 1960s it could only be reached by the road from Lochcarron. The road across the Balgy Gap was then constructed connecting the village with the neighbouring community of Torridon. These days the local employment is in fishing and tourism. There are salmon farms in the area and a smoke house in the village. On the pier you will see creels which are use to catch,what are locally referred to as, "prawns". They are actually Nephrops, which are like mini-lobsters. Crabs are also caught locally and scallops which are harvested by divers. These can all be purchased locally and the local restaurants normally source local produce where possible.

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Shieldaig Community Website





Medical Services in Wester Ross


Torridon Medical Practice - 01445 791223
(Dr Caroline Brown and Dr Helen Stewart) is situated next to Loch Torridon Community Centre.
Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Lochcarron Surgery provides cover on Thursdays - 01520 722623
For GP OOH services - 111

Medical Advice
Can be obtained from NHS24 at any time of day or night - 111

Pharmacies
The local medical practices will dispense medication that they prescribe and the local shops also sell a range of simple remedies.
There are pharmacies at Gairloch, Ullapool and Kyle of Lochalsh

Hospitals
Raigmore Hospital in Inverness is the major hospital in the area
Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3UJ - 01463 704000

Broadford Hospital on Skye is a little nearer and has an Accident Department
Postcode is IV49 9AA - 01471 822491




FUEL
DO NOT RISK RUNNING LOW
 it may be a long distance to fill up!
Fuel is available at the following locations:
Lochcarron Foodstore (24 hours)
Lochcarron Garage (not Sundays)
Applecross (24 hours)
Kinlochewe
Gairloch (24 hours)

Shopping

SHIELDAIG
Shieldaig Stores supplies everyday essentials, including newspapers and is open 7 days a week
Nanny's, a few doors down the Corran, supplies local shellfish and smoked salmon.
Smoked salmon is also available from the Loch Torridon Smokehouse at the far end of the village.

Tesco will now deliver to Shieldaig.

OTHER LOCAL FOOD STORES
Lochcarron Food Centre is a well stocked Spar shop. There is also a small shop attached to Lochcarron Garage
There are two McColl's mini-markets in Gairloch and a butcher. Torridon Stores and Cafe and Applecross Village shop stock a wide variety of items.
In Kinlochewe there is a shop with the Post Office and a smaller shop attached to the garage.
Smoked products and shellfish can be brought in Kenmore

SUPERMARKETS
The nearest supermarket is Tesco in Dingwall which is open 24 hours.
Inverness has numerous Tesco supermarkets including one that you will pass on your way from the airport on the A96 and one just off the A9 at Inches near the hospital.
There is a large Morrison's in the centre of town.
If travelling via Fort William, there is a Morrison's there near the station.
Kyle of Lochalsh has a Co-op supermarket just before the Skye bridge and there is a small Tesco in Ullapool.

BANKS & POST OFFICES
There are branches of  Bank of Scotland in Gairloch and Kyle of Lochalsh - both have outside cashpoints.Cash can also be obtained from the Post Office in Lochcarron when open.  A mobile Bank of Scotland visits the village (by shop) each Thursday 12:40 to 13:10. Royal Bank of Scotland has a branch in Kyle of Lochalsh.
There are Post Offices at Kinlochewe, Lochcarron, Applecross, Strathcarron and Gairloch

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT
There are numerous outdoor suppliers in Inverness. Nearer to home Shieldaig Stores sells maps and compasses. Torridon Countryside Centre stocks maps and local guides. Also Moru at Kinlochewe.

CRAFTS
See the Arts and Eats Trail.
 Nanny's on The Corran, Pattern's of Light in Kishorn, The Old Coal Shed at Applecross, Loch Torridon Community Centre  and many more.

IRONMONGERY
There is an ironmonger in Kyle of Lochalsh, Farm and Garden Store and Les Buchans DIY Store in Gairloch and Lochcarron Garage and upstairs in Lochcarron foodstore

Eating Out

There are numerous places to eat out in the area to suit all budgets

At the top end of the market are
the Tigh an Eilean Hotel in Shieldaig and The Torridon at Annat


Applecross
The Applecross Inn
The Walled Garden
The Junction

Kinlochewe
Kinlochewe Hotel
Whistle Stop Cafe, Kinlochewe
Ledgowan Lodge Hotel, Achnasheen



Gairloch
The Old Inn
Badachro Inn
Myrtle Bank Hotel
Shieling Restaurant
Millcroft Hotel
Spiral Bistro
The Steading Bistro
Shieldaig
Coastal Kitchen at Shieldaig Bar
Rivendell Guesthouse 
Nanny's

Torridon
Torridon Inn
Torridon Stores and Cafe

Diabaig
Gille Brighde
Lochcarron
The Bistro
Strathcarron Hotel
Carron Restaurant
Waterside Cafe
Lochcarron Hotel

Kishorn
Beallach Cafe and Gallery
Kishorn Seafood Bar