Old Smiddy Guest House, B & B, Self catering Bungalow, Laide Aultbea Harbour Sunset over Loch Ewe Memorial at Cove Loch Maree from Poolewe
The Old Smiddy Guest House & B&B to  Aultbea & Loch Ewe

 Loch Maree

 Memorial at Cove

Aultbea Harbour & Loch Ewe

 Sunset over Loch Ewe

The road south, from the Old Smiddy Guest House and self catering follows the coast and offers spectacular cliff top views of Loch Ewe between Aultbea and Poolewe

Aultbea, Loch Ewe and the surrounding area were, during the second world war places of secrecy as

 Loch Ewe was where the Russian convoys were assembled.  All around the loch there still remains evidence of those times and at various places there are information plaques detailing the fascinating activities which took place. At the south western corner of the loch is the tiny village of Cove and, at a point over looking the entrance to the loch from the Atlantic, is the small but impressive memorial to the sailors who perished transporting goods and equipment to Russia.

There is still a NATO refuelling station on Loch Ewe and naval ships can sometimes, still be seen on the loch with the occasional military jet observing from above.  

Aultbea village hall was built as the cinema for the troops guarding the Loch.

Money is being raised to build a museum on the lochside at Aultbea detailing the activities of the naval exploits of the time and special events are organised in support of this.

The road out of Aultbea past the Aultbea Hotel  and the Isle of Ewe Nursing home turns into a track which leads to Fionn Loch, a walk of some 12 miles. There are a number of other walks around Loch Ewe

Passing through Aultbea, on the northern side of the loch is the hamlet of Mellon Charles. It is here that the Isle of Ewe Smokehouse,  www.smokedbyewe.com (formerly Sleepy Hollow) is situated.

Visitors are welcome to purchase their smoked fish, which is also available at several local shops.

Beyound the smokehouse is The Perfume Studio www.perfume-studio.com which sells a variety of natural soaps, essential oils and perfumes.  The studio also has an excellent cafe with spectacular views across Loch Ewe. The new owners have also founded the Image Studio which organises workshops often led by leading landscape photographers.  Details can be found at www.highlandphotographyexperiences.com  

At the south eastern corner of the loch is Poolewe. In times gone by it was the most important settlement in the area since much of the merchandise arrived here by boat. There are a number of archeological remains in the area. The River Ewe passes under the bridge where salmon can still be seen and caught in the river beyond, but it is a rarer event than in the past. There is a small swimming pool here and also during the season two weekly market selling items mainly made or grown locally. .

One of the finest and most photographed views in Wester Ross can be found by taking the main road out of Poolewe, towards Gairloch.   After the road has climbed out of the village, on a right hand bend, is a parking area. Opposite this is a magnificent view of Loch Maree.