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
Gorge - breathtaking views of the falls and lovely walks
Isle Martin - a
community owned island that can be visited for a day
Course - a nine-hole course on the banks of Loch Broom
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
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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