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On an earlier visit to Ullapool we did fancy a stop at the Ferry Boat Inn, unfortunately and a little aptly the ferries were cancelled that afternoon and the Islanders from Lewis had taken the Inn over. On our next visit, this time with a little better weather, we found a stilll busy restaurant and a prized window table overlooking the harbour at Loch Broom. Service here is excellent although the food doesn't arrive instantly but this only shows when your food does arrive it is all freshly cooked.
Favorite Dish: The Ferry Boat Inn is just a stones throw from where the fishing boats land their fish - so I naturally chose to have their famous fish and chips accompanied by a very nice tartar sauce, salad and mushy peas (which I'm not found of but the all arrrive in seperate dishes so you can include or not in your meal). Kenny had the warm chicken salad with cajun spices. They serve real ales here including some from the Isle of Skye but we both chose a soft drink to wash down this most welcome of lunches.
Updated Nov 13, 2008
Address: Shore Street Ullapool
Phone: 01854 612366
On our way back to Lairg from Aciltibuie we stopped off at the Oykel Bridge Hotel. This hotel is advertised highly in the "Trout and Salmon" fishing magazine which my husband is an avid reader, I guess it was no accident why we arrived here! The decor is solid with lots of wooden features. The staff are of the same mould - a tad pretentious - if fishing is not your game - well they are not that interested in your custom.
Favorite Dish: We could'nt really be bothered staying around this place for any length of time. We did have a drink from the bar, but after that we never saw our stuffy barman again - he was too busy with the fishing folk in the other bar probably bragging about the one that got away. They were serving meals but we didn't see a menu nor were we offered one. Their loss - not ours.
Updated Nov 12, 2008
Address: Oykel Corriemulzie Estate
Phone: 01971 521275
The Summer Isles Hotel is a surprisingly classy Hotel/Restaurant in one of the most remote parts of Scotland.
Hardly an unknown place though, given that the scenery is fantastic.
The Summer Isles has a formal (and very pricey) restaurant, but the same food is served at more reasonable prices in a tiny room adjoining the much more informal bar.
Only three/four tables, so better book in advance.
The tiny village of Achiltibuie, of all places, has a Youth Hostel, so expect the patrons to be crowding the tiny pub in the evening.
Seafood is really what you go to the Summer Isles Hotel for, the best I had in Scotland.
If you don't like being a bit cramped go to the main restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Fantastic langoustines, must have been fished the same day.
Updated Feb 18, 2005