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 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.
Gruinard Bay & An Teallach
Cottages at Mellon Udrigle
Cliffs at Mellon Udrigle
Laide & Gruinard Bay
Loch in Laide Wood