The Ullapool Hotel
Garve Road, Ullapool, IV26 2SX, United Kingdom
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I this is not ideal. But how long will it take me to drive rom Thurso to Skye via Ullapool. The RAA says 6 hours.
sounds quite reasonable to me. It took me half a day to get from Portree to Poolewe, about 1 hour from there to Ullapool. We made lots of stops and took the Bealach na Ba/Applecross drive, though. The northern part of Scotland is huge.
will not only give you times, it will provide you with a detailed printable route (the AA is the Automobile Association, one of the two major such associations in the UK).
They suggest 4 hours 16 minutes, which sounds more reasonable. However, remember to allow for narrow/winding roas. tractors, traffic congestion in/near towns, weather as well as sightseeing.
The other motoring organisation, the RAC has a route planner here:
They do suggest 6 hours+.
Interesting disparity. I always use the AA site, and have usually found their timings to be accurate.
However, distances in the UK always take longer to travel than the map suggests. Always.
Travel Tips for Ullapool
The west coast is usually wetter than the east coast but less windy although it was fairly breezy when I was there in summer. Average summer highs are about 19C and winter temperatures can drop down below 0C. It usually snows in the higher areas from December until March. July and August are the hottest months but can also be wet.
Inverness is an excellent area for touring with its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings. It is the start of what is said to be the most beautiful and scenic trips in the whole of Europe. Apparently known for its floral displays, Inverness won the 1996 aware for Best Large town in the Bloom of Britain competition. There are good road, rail and air connections to Inverness.
Inverness Castle was built on a low cliff and on the site of an previous castle in 1835. The cathedral sits on the opposite bank overlooking the River Ness facing the castle. It is believed that the castle played a part in the story of Macbeth. Today the castle takes on a different role and houses the Sherriff’s Court.
Take the A835 south east from Ullapool.
Lunch time petrol stop on the road to Durness
"Because it's there"
I have spent several nights in Ullapool over the years, chiefly because it’s the only town of any size in this part of the world. I don’t like heading much further north of here after dark so if I am heading for Cape Wrath and running a little late an Ullapool pub crawl is the usual routine, followed by a night at what must be Britain’s windiest campsite.
It’s a great little fishing port and you never know who you are going to meet, we have spent evenings drinking vodka with some friendly Russians sailors and the campsite too attracts trippers from all over Europe, even though the water smells of diesel and the wind sometimes blows their tents down as it blasts its way up Loch Broom.
Others know much more about this place than I do, for me it’s really just a handy stop-off point but I was just so pleased with the fish and chips we got from the Chippy here on our last visit that I decided to write a tip.
I usually only buy beer and chips here but there is an outdoor shop for camping equipment and the likes. All the usual tat gifts, whiskey and woolens are available as are fishing trip etc etc
The wind can be a bugger but the sun does shine in Ullerpool sometimes. By the way, this is a very old photograph.
Ullerpool fishing boats fly the Canadian flag in a gesture of solidarity with their brothers across the Atlantic.
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