Who doesn’t love the therapeutic benefits that come from spending time by the sea? The sound of waves that lull you in to a relaxed state. The beautiful sights and sounds of coastal birds and wildlife. Relaxing walks along the beach. Time spent searching rock pools enjoying the wonders of marine life. There really is no better place to improve our wellbeing!
It’s important then that we look after coastal locations, not just for our own enjoyment and health, but to assist with protecting the marine environment. The Summer Isles and the southern coast of the Coigach peninsula form a major part of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) which protects the marine environment, through sustainable management of our seas.
To play our part in helping protect the coastal ecosystem and to keep Reiff Beach clean we now have litter-pickers and buckets in the holiday cottage at Reiff Steading, available for our guests to use. During a family visit in October we spent a half hour on the beach filling our buckets not with sand but with the flotsam and jetsam washed up on the beach. Most of our finds were old fishing line and little bits of plastic, caught under the rocks. Time well spent, we think, and we still enjoyed the benefits of being by the sea!
There are many local and national organisations involved in helping keep our seas healthy and pollution free; including Ullapool Sea Savers, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Marine Conservation Society and Plastic Oceans.