Gaelic: Poll Iù
View over Poolewe from Cliff Hill
|Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
Poolewe is a village on the wild, west coast of Ross-shire, found about 20 miles west of Ullapool as the crow flies but much more by road or by sea. It is a tiny, neat village snuggled in the sheltered haven of Loch Ewe where the curt River Ewe, joins the sea. Close by is Inverewe Garden, renowned world-wide for its subtropical plants. The village is picturesquely situated surrounded by mountains and the sea.
Poolewe has a relatively warm climate for its latitude, thanks to the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream produces an almost sub-tropical climate at times; Inverewe Garden could not exist without it. While the winter in Poolewe is generally cold and wet, the maritime location means that it receives only a few days of snow a year. The Northern Lights are visible on occasion depending on the weather and time of year, though winter is best.
The village has an indoor heated swimming pool, a coffee shop, several hotels and a local shop. Most of the arts events in the area take place in Poolewe Village hall as well as the village markets.