Old Smiddy Guest House, B & B, Self catering Bungalow, Laide Cottages at Mellon Udrigle An Teallach from Mellon Udrigle
Rocks at Mellon Udirgle Mellon Udrigle Beach Gruinard Bay Laide Wood

Laide is a small community on the south eastern corner of Gruinard Bay.

Four hundred yards from the Old Smiddy Guest House is  

Laide Post Office, (www.laidepostoffice.co.uk) behind which is the minor road that leads to Mellon Udrigle and its fine sandy beach, which, on a fine day offers spectacular views of the Northern Highlands.  

In a short distance a track leads down to the ruins of Laide chapel believed, by some, to be  built by St Columba about 500 AD.

Further along the road and just before it narrows, is a second track that leads down to Laide Jetty.

The views across Gruinard Bay to the Scottish Northern Highlands from here, the chapel and the self catering bungalow are superb. Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and An Teallach can be seen rising up on the eastern side of the bay.

The single track road continues for another three miles to the tiny community of Mellon Udrigle.

Here, there is a small car park and a board walk onto the beautiful beach.

The panorama here, although similar to that from Laide jetty and chapel, is even more spectacular and must rank as one of the finest coastal views anywhere in

the United Kingdom.

A favourite walk is to follow the cliffs around the headland at Mellon Udrigle.The guide books give a time of  one and a quarter hours but a number of our guests have, on a fine day, spent three to four hours on the circuit. The first section, across the peninsular is relatively flat and along a reasonable path. The remainder of the walk is on less well defined sheep paths which tend to keep close to the cliff tops.  On the return there is a small hill with cairn from which there is a wonderful panorama taking in the Torridon Hills to the south to the mountains of the Northwest Highland

As well as the splendid views, visitors can hope to see a variety of seabirds such as cormorants, shags and gannets as well as seals and, if really lucky, an otter or two playing among the rocks.

 In the centre of Gruinard Bay is Gruinard Island, famous as the site for the testing of Anthrax bombs in 1942.

Gruinard Island is also one of the habitats of the

White Tailed Sea Eagles, although these are more likely to be seen on the other side of the bay between Gruinard and Mungasdale  

Next to the Old Smiddy is Laide Wood.  The  paths offer gentle strolls with the chance to admire the two lochs and their abundance of water lilies, and the possibility of sighting a buzzard or two flying overhead.  The path to the waterfall and bird hide is slightly more difficult. The volunteers have now put in place various information boards and organise a variety of events which are promoted on their website    

www.laidewood.org.uk

Chapel at Laide The Old Smiddy Guest House & B&B  to Laide, Mellon Udrigle & Gruinard Bay

 Laide Chapel

Gruinard Bay & An Teallach

 Cottages at Mellon Udrigle

 Gruinard Bay

Cliffs at Mellon Udrigle

 Laide & Gruinard Bay

 Loch in Laide Wood