Ullapool & Area

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About Ullapool
The area around Loch Broom has had settlements existing for many thousands of years and remnants of Pictish forts can still be seen around the coast. Ullapool's name derives from the Viking settlement that existed here as it offered safe haven for boats that traded (and battled!) along the coast. The modern village of Ullapool was founded in 1788 as a herring posts by the British Fisheries Society, and the street design was laid out by Thomas Telford.


Today, Ullapool's main industries are tourism and fishing as well as being a bustling ferry port to the Western Isles. An ideal base for hill walking with spectacular scenery, nature cruises round bird Island, see the seals and dolphins. Have a round of golf on Ullapool's new nine-hole course or try your hand at trout fishing on the Village's plentiful rivers. Visit our Award Winning Museum and go back in time 200 years when Ullapool's first settlers arrived. We also boast the U.K's smallest radio station where the public are always welcome for a tour round the studio. An ideal base whatever your plans!

The views of Ullapool and Lochbroom, are said to be some of the most dramatic scenery in the Highlands. It is an ideal location for sightseeing, as most places of interest can be reached on a day trip. Nearby is the breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge, with the magnificent Falls of Measach at its head, where you can view from an over hanging platform or walk across on a suspension bridge. The tropical gardens at Inverewe are a must for all visitors. If walking is what interests you, you will not be disappointed with some of the most scenic and challenging walks in the Scottish Highlands. Beautiful sandy beaches suitable for children are only 45 minutes drive in either direction

Links and Attractions
  • Summer Queen Cruises - in the summer, cruises are available to the Summer Islands, the morning trip lands on Tanera Mhor, home to fish farmers and an independent post office. 2 and 4 hour cruises take in the beauty of Loch Broom and the Summer Isles, encountering local seabirds, seals and even a unique chance to see Dolphins.
  • Seascape Expiditions - an exhilarating 2 hour powerboat trip to the remote Summer Isles aboard "Centaur", our 12 seater RIB. Trips leave from the main harbour in Ullapool.
  • Caledonian Macbraynes - the ferry to Lewis departs from Ullapool Harbour. In the summer there are 3 sailings a day making it possible to visit the Hebrides for a day.
  • Norwest Sea Kayaking - Float within the scenery of the stunning north west highlands. Discover wildlife, explore deserted islands and glide along unspoilt coastlines.
  • Ullapool Museum and Visitor Center - offers and insight into the history of the area with audio facilities in most European languages
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge - breathtaking views of the falls and lovely walks
  • Isle Martin - a community owned island that can be visited for a day
  • Ullapool Golf Course - a nine-hole course on the banks of Loch Broom
  • Ullapool Book Festival - a small and friendly book festival in Spring
  • Ullapool Guitar Festival - end of year festival that features some top musicians
  • Loopallu Festival - our home grown music festival that features some international and chart acts
  • Inverewe Gardens - Victorian gardens a short drive from the village
  • Undiscovered Scotland - more information about the area

There are also some great walks, climbs and drives around Ullapool so you can make excursions in the region, we will be happy to advise when you stay with us.


In the evenings there a number of bars and restaurants offering meals of all tastes - much of it locally produced and even landed at the harbour.


There are often musical events ranging from singer song-writers to full bands playing in many of the bars.


Ullapool harbour is one street from us where it is common to see boats from around the world landing fish as well as local fishermen landing shellfish. In 2011 the Tall Ships visit Ullapool which promises to be a great day.


Whether you are coming to Ullapool to stay, work or on route elsewhere, we will welcome you and try to make your time with us as pleasant as possible.

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