NB: The information in this section would appear to be a project by pupils of the Primary Schools and, although possibly out-of-date, is worth reproducing as it gives a good snapshot of the area at the end of the 20th century.
Coffee Shop, Poolewe
This is the Coffee Shop in Poolewe. It is owned by Mr and Mrs Jim Buchanan. The building is old but the inside has been modernised. The Coffee shop is closed during the winter months and opens around the beginning of April. It is popular with locals and visitors alike.
[Jimmy Whyte, Poolewe Primary School.]
Pool House Hotel, Poolewe
Situated on the shore of Loch Ewe. The building was once a private house which was used as a fishing lodge by wealthy friends of the family of Osgood Mackenzie. Members of Parliament were regular visitors to Pool House in days gone by.
There is a lovely view from the hotel out across Loch Ewe and of Inverewe Garden. The hotel is closed during the winter months.
[Liam Ross, Poolewe Primary School.]
Slioch Factory, Poolewe
Slioch Outdoor Clothing Factory is the small industrial estate at the top end of Cliffton. Their clothing is recommended for use by the mountain rescue team and is windproof and waterproof. The factory is at present owned by Mr and Mrs Jim Buchanan but is expected to have a change of ownership very soon. Garments are sold throughout the home market.
[Daniel Maclean, Poolewe Primary School.]
Taylors of Poolewe
Poolewe’s only shop Taylors of Poolewe stocks a wide range of things from groceries to stationery. These include fresh bread and baking, video hire, magazines and newspapers, toys, scratch cards, sweets and frozen food. The shop gets extremely busy in the summer months due to being near the campsite and Inverewe.
[Sarah Taylor. Poolewe Primary School.]
Moving on to 2017 .....
In May 2017 it was announced that Pool House has been named at AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Scotland 2017. This adds to the hotel’s five-star ratings from both the AA and the Scottish Tourist Board. The hotel is owned by the Harrison family.
In the press release Pool House is described as over 300 years old, having been a hunting lodge for chiefs of Clan Mackenzie. During WW2 it became headquarters for the Russian Arctic and North Atlantic convoys which left from Loch Ewe.