Location and History

Gairloch High School is situated within the Parish of Gairloch on the western seaboard of Ross-shire, 57 miles from Area Headquarters at Dingwall and 72 miles from Council Headquarters in Inverness.

With the support of parents and the local Community, the High School was upgraded from two to four-year status in 1979. In 1983 we gained six-year status, and this removed the need for Gairloch pupils to transfer to Dingwall Academy and hostel accommodation in order to complete their secondary education.


Gairloch High School

Six-year status was accompanied by a change of name from Achtercairn Secondary to Gairloch High School.

The ‘new’ school building

In August 1994, work was completed on the £5 million new School complex adjacent to the old building. The whole community now benefits greatly from the much-enhanced educational, library, leisure and sporting facilities that are part and parcel of the investment. We have extensive ICT facilities throughout the school with every classroom in a position to offer pupil access to a variety of electronic resources including the Internet.


Within a catchment area of over 400 square miles, the School currently draws approximately 160 pupils from Associated Primary Schools: Bualnaluib, Gairloch, Inverasdale, Kinlochewe, Poolewe, Shieldaig and Torridon.  In summer 2012 Highland Council ‘mothballed’ Inverasdale and Torridon Primaries due to changing demographics.

The nature of the catchment area, large distances covered daily and the variety of modes of travel, allied to very good pupil attendance rate and high levels of achievement, add together to provide a stimulating learning environment.


We operate as a fully comprehensive school offering as full a range of courses as possible in S1-S3, as well as SQA National Qualifications throughout S4-S6.  We do our best to meet the academic needs of our pupils, and this includes offering Advanced Higher level in several subjects.

Parents seeking a placing request for their children should contact the Headteacher in the first instance.


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