Ullapool Local Customs

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    Unstable weather and smoked salmon

    by micas_pt Written Sep 18, 2011

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    -> Be sure to pack warm clothes and shoes, even though it's Summer! Ullapool's situated on the Northwest of Highlands, so it might get a bit freezing even in July. Days are long, sun rises early in the morning and sets late in the evening, but days don't always end as they start as weather is quite unpredictable and changes often during the day. Actually, one thing I noticed while planning our Highlands road trip, is that B&B's in Ullapool all advertise facilities for drying your clothes and shoes.

    -> Ullapool was founded as a fishing village due to herring in late 18th century, which are "frequent" of these waters. When we visited, we didn't taste the herring, but instead we tasted the salmon, which is also typical of Scotland. If visiting Ullapool, be sure to taste their smoked salmon, it's amongst the best I've ever had. The smoked salmon on my salad wasn't cut in thin layers but consisted of chunks (not sure this is the word, I believe so as Jamie Oliver uses it quite often when cutting food).

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    Where are the toilets?

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Most of the small villages have public toilets and you can always pop into a cafe or hotel to use their facilities if need be. Bear in mind the villages are few and far between in this very rural area. We only saw two public toilets while travelling along the open roads, both were south of Ullapool.

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    Lots of dual signage for you to puzzle over

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    The Gaelic language is very much alive in Ross-shire and indeed most of the West Coast and the Western Isles. While we were in a pub in Ullapool we overheard the bar manager chatting to a friend on his mobile phone, it was amusing to here him hold most of his conversation in Gaelic mixing it with English when he needed a modern word. Most of the dual signs are in Gaelic as the first language like the tourist sign in Ullapool where it looked like there was loads to do. In case your wondering Sraid A Chladaich is in Gairloch and Buth Dhible maybe important to you it is the Off License in Poolewe just incase they take the English away at some point.

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    Common Grazing grounds & cattle grids ......

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Common grazing grounds are areas where local crofters share land with Estates. Here they can raise a few sheep or many this is why you will notice many different breeds grazing together. The sheep are free to roam (free range sheep) and are controlled only by cattle grids. Funny name really as there are few cattle around these parts due to the rough landscape and lack of medows. Cattle grids are almost always accompanied by kissing gates and they have one more reason for being here - not only the sheep are controlled but also wandering deer are prevented from grazing in the locals gardens.

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    Climate

    by keeweechic Written Nov 17, 2002

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    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.

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