On a previous visit to Ullapool we were caught in a snow storm and the senic delights of Loch Broom were lost in a white out. When we arrived, this time in summer, the rain was still dinging down so after the museum we opted to still stay dry so we went for lunch. After lunch the rain had ceased, the departing rain clouds created a dramatic sky and held a glimmer of the sunshine to come that day. After watching the little fishing boats we then headed to the end of the loch to see the campsite with all its comings and goings in its busy spell of summer. Across from the campsite there is a row of Bed & Breakfast houses. Although the weather was not cold most had fires lit. I was most surprised to see the crows perched on the chimney pots flapping their wings through the smoke. The mighty midge was out in force here, they do so love damp and still conditions, the crows probably got rid of their visitors - while we were forced back to the car to retreat from their attentions. Some day perhaps conditions will be perfect in little Ullapool and we can lengthen or stay maybe just a little bit!
We didn't intend to revisit Ullapool, it had been raining cats and dogs all morning (the first bad weather we had encountered on our whole summer trip). As we ventured forth from the long journey from Lairg we missed the turning to Achiltibuie and found ourselves in Ullapool once again with bad weather. I did say in a previous page Ullapool did not like me!! What better way to cheat the rain in a mostly outdoors place but to visit the museum which had been shut for the winter months during our last trip. This proved to be an enjoyable and educational time for us. Memories were rekindled here of the fishing boats from Peterhead who sought the silver darlings here, to the emmigration of Scots on the Hector on their long journey to Nova Scotia. Upstairs you can watch a ten minute film on the history of the local area, I must admit I was more interested in the surrounding scenic shots than listening to the commentary, but I did have fun switching between the eight languages. BTW the Scotland Flag indicates you will be listening to the Gaelic Language which fits so well with the lovely scenery. The museum is housed in the former Church of Scotland Designed by Thomas Telford in 1829 and built at a cost of 900 pounds it was sold to the Museum Trust for just one pound. The museum is open from May through to September Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 17.00 Closed Sunday. Prices are adults 3.00 concession 2.00 children over five 50 pence.