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Gairloch High School

Coordinates: 57°43′42″N 5°41′34″W / 57.72829°N 5.69275°W / 57.72829; -5.69275
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Gairloch High School
Ard-Sgoil Ghearrloch
IV21 2BP

Coordinates57°43′42″N 5°41′34″W / 57.72829°N 5.69275°W / 57.72829; -5.69275
Former nameAchtercairn Secondary
TypeSecondary school, state funded
Local authorityHighland
Enrolment~160 [1]
Colour(s)   Navy and Green

Gairloch High School (Gaelic: Àrd-Sgoil Gheàrrloch) is a six-year secondary school in Gairloch, Scotland. Being situated in a remote area of the Highlands, it serves a large catchment area, with over 70% many of the pupils relying on school transport.[2] Communities in its catchment area include Kinlochewe, Second Coast, and Shieldaig.[3] The school logo incorporates a celtic knot.


The school was originally called Achtercairn Secondary; it started with only two class years. In 1979 this was increased to four years. In 1983 the school gained six-year status, which remains to this day. It was then that the school was officially named Gairloch High School.

School building[edit]

The current building was opened in August 1994 at a cost of £5 million.[4] Previously, classes were held in huts, which quickly became unsuitable for use due to the small amount of space. Today the school shares playing field space with the neighbouring Gairloch Primary School. The building also shares facilities used by Gairloch Leisure Centre, including a sports hall, gym, all-weather pitch and climbing wall. The local library[5] is also part of the school and is used by both students and members of the public.


There are three Houses at Gairloch High School, all of which are named after bodies of water in the local area: the River Kerry, Loch Maree and Loch Tollaidh. They have associated colors: blue for Kerry, red for Maree, and yellow for Tollaidh.[6]


  1. ^ "Gairloch High School Enrolment Figures 2011". sky. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Gairloch High School Transport Figures". sky. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Schools - Gairloch High School". The Highland Council. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  4. ^ "Gairloch High School Opening". sky. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Gairloch Library". www.highlifehighland.com. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Gairloch High School Houses". sky. Retrieved 27 April 2013.

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