We visited Ullapool as a daytrip from Inverness. It is about 92km in-between both, but it is such a scenic drive that it goes by very fast. Once you manage to get out of Inverness, get the A82 towards Thurso/Ullapool, then the A9 direction Ullapool, then the A835 and after about 80km of one of the most scenic roads winding through the hills and approaching the sea, you reach the fishing village.
We found roads in Scotland to be safe and drivers most polite; also, we never came across any toll. Bear in mind that this area is not much populated, so don't forget to fill you car with gas before leaving Inverness or other main village.
Once in Ullapool, we parked our car free of charge on Shore Street. We were lucky and managed to find a parking place, but that street looked like busy with day-tripers also traveling by car as we did.
Citylink and Rapsons
Both bus companies offer 2 trips a day to Ullapool, generally at 9am and at 3pm from Inverness, and at 10am and 5pm from Ullapool. A single will set you back about 10 quid, and a return is in the region of 15 quid these days.
The other option is the Westerbus, which leaves Ullapool at 9am, but you have to change busses at Braemore Junction. This is the cheapest, if the slowest, option.
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By Car: How Far/How Long...?
Ullapool is some nortwest of inverness. From this city, take road A 835 along a beautiful landscape. If you have time, have a look at my "Off the..." Tips on my Inverness page.
Some road distances from Ullapool to:
- Inverness: 92 kms.
- Glasgow: 362 kms.
- Norwich: 989 kms.
- London: 992 kms.
If you check the website, you can find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.
Public transport is rare You will need a car
We drove from Cruden Bay along the coast road A96 which takes you to Elgin. From here take the A9 bypassing Inverness to cross the Kessock Bridge. Turning left at the roundabout at Tore then takes you onto the A835 on the road to Ullapool. Please take careful note of the overhead road signs, they tell you well in advance of snow closures and ferry cancellations. We did notice on our frequent travels around Ross-shire the signs warned of a high risk of deer on the roads the only deer we saw were indeed close to the road but luckily not on it. The roads in Ross-shire are good two laned roads not busy at least not when we were there you can drive at your own pace with lots of off road parking at the perfect spots. I have included a link to viamichelin their maps guide you around here perfectly.
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Ferry & Bus Link
The Caledonian Macbrayne ferries sail between Ullapool and Stornoway Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. There are two sailings per day departing Ullapool 10.30 and 17.15 return times from Stornoway are the same. The ferry takes around 2hours 40 minutes and sails from Monday to Saturday. Please note there are no SUNDAY sailings. In high season June to August they have a night sail leaving Ullapool 22.00 arriving at Lewis 00.45 Prices for driver and all passengers are £15.30 each To take your car is an extra £75.00 and dogs travel free. Beside the ferry terminal you will find the bus station - City Link buses operate a link taking travelers onward to Inverness telephone 08705 505050 for more information the bus is perfectly timed for all ferry arrivals and departures.
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By Car : Ullapool is about 60 miles west of Inverness on the A835.
By Air : The closest airport is Inverness which has regular flights to and from London and other British and European destinations.
By Train : Scotrail has trains to Inverness station.
By Bus : Citylink provides services to Inverness bus station. The bus link for the Stornoway ferry provides Ullapool with regular buses to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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