|Scottish Gaelic: Poll Iù|
View over Poolewe from Cliff Hill
Poolewe shown within the Ross and Cromarty area
|OS grid reference|
|Lieutenancy area||Ross and Cromarty|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
|Scottish Parliament||Caithness, Sutherland and Ross|
Poolewe (Scottish Gaelic Poll Iù) is a small village in Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland, about 75 miles (120 km) north-west from Inverness, by Loch Ewe. The River Ewe, one of the shortest in Scotland, joins the sea less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from Inverewe Garden, renowned for its subtropical plants. The village is surrounded by mountains and the sea.
The village has an indoor heated swimming pool, a coffee shop, several hotels and a shop. Most of the arts events in the area take place in the village hall as well as the village markets.
Poolewe has a relatively warm climate for its latitude, thanks to the Gulf Stream, which creates an almost sub-tropical climate. 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; most often in winter.
The Met Office operates a weather station at Poolewe for which 30-year averages are available. As with the rest of the British Isles and Scotland, Poolewe experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Its low-lying situation on the west coast tends to afford it some shelter from the harshness that can afflict the adjacent Highlands during the winter months.
|Climate data for Poolewe, 6m asl, 1971-2000|
|Average high °C (°F)||7.1
|Average low °C (°F)||2.1
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