Ullapool Travel Guide

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Ullapool Highlights

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     Scenery to keep you dreaming of a return 

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     You can't guarantee sunshine but the weather just adds to the experience 

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     Beautiful. A real getaway. 

Ullapool Things to Do

  • Ullapool Museum

    The multiaward winning Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre sits within a former church in West Argyle Street. Built in 1829 the church formed part of a parliamentary initiative to provide places of worship throughout the Highlands. It still retains its furnishings.Display areas include natural history, social history, emigration, fishing, boat...

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  • Oddballs day

    On the first Saturday in August, every year without fail, Ullapool goes crazy. Oddballs is about raising funds for the local football and shinty teams, and is one of the busiest days of the year. With stalls and a BBQ (and the Ullapool Pipe band) outside the Seaforth in the afternoon, building up to the start of the three-legged fancy-dress...

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  • Ardmair Bay

    We spend three nights here at Ardmair Point and I never tired of this stunning location. The views of Isle Martin close by and the mighty Ben Mhor Coigach were totally out of this world. We walked the dogs each morning on the stoney, shingle, crescent shaped beach with only the pretty white holiday cottages for company. A great getaway from the...

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  • Alltan Dhub

    When we arrived at Altan Dhub the sun was shining. This was to be our last stop on our tour of Ross-shire before heading back to Inverness and on to Elgin for a quick family visit. We went down the little steps towards Altan Dhub which translates from Gaelic as Black Water. The views were incredible, solid black rocks, an old black stone bridge and...

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  • Inverewe Garden

    Inverewe Gardens were the creation of Osgood MacKenzie, he had a vision of creating a garden on the barren rocky shore of Loch Ewe. His dream was realised in 1870. After his death in 1922 his daughter Mairi carried on the work until her death in 1953 the gardens then passed into the care of The National Trust for Scotland. The gardens are open...

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  • Watch the catch as its landed

    Ullapool harbour is very much a working environment. Here you can wander on the broad pier between the two basins, a little caution is required here as you share the space with large lorries. Unlike other harbours there are no fish processing units here - the lorries load up the fish staight from the waiting fishing vessel - how fresh this fish...

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Ullapool Restaurants

  • Suprise package

    The Arch Inn is rather under-rated to be honest, and this is slightly unfair, as they do serve fantastic grub. The pub itself is quite small, creating a cosy atmosphere, while the service is excellent. As for the food, the choice isn't huge, being restricted to 4 different starters, 5 main courses (Seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes), and 3...

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  • The Fish Box Bar comes at a high price

    I did love the Gaelic translation Am Bocsa Eisg a very pretty bar from the outside with its red fence and lovely windows. Inside was cosy in the little bar with nicely laid out tables and benched tables by the windows. In the middle of the bar they have a stove type log fire which heats this place nicely on all four sides. The staff are friendly...

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  • Fish & Chips to take away

    Staying in self catering accommodation doesn't mean you have to cook I do this enough at home. We had two takeaway meals while away one from the Chippy and one from The Jade House Chinese takeaway. Although we had to travel the three miles into Ullapool, this wasn't a problem for us, we usually have to travel eight miles at home. After long days...

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  • A Set menu - but good food

    The dining room in the Caledonian Hotel is large and uninspiring with little in the way of detail, flowers or decor. We had a drink in the comfy and cosy bar area before our meal and thought it a good place to eat not realising the meal would be served elsewhere. The Caladonian is a large tourist hotel, open to non residents, which offers a set...

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  • the freshest Seafood you could ever ask...

    Everything about this restaurant is good. The service, the menu, the food, the atmosphere... One suggestion: Don't go eat to late... The live music downstairs generally starts at 10pm, and the music comes straight up through the floor! In the last few years, the Seaforth has won awards for their Take Away, 2 awards for the standard of their...

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  • Traditional British Fare

    If you are just passing through and want a quick lunch treat yourself to some of the best fish and chips in the country from the Chippy Large haddock, chips and peas

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Ullapool Nightlife

  • Nights in

    After long days of walking and touring around in the car what better way could you spend an evening? We could have gone to the pub in Ullapool but that would have denied one of us a drink. In summer it would be a perfect evening stroll but the nights were still dark early. The cabin was warm and cosy the wine well chilled, a little mind game to...

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  • Friendly, Laid back atmosphere

    The Arch Inn is a small-ish bar, and is nothing really special compared to most bars in the UK. In Ullapool though, its very popular as it's the only pub in town with a pool table, and lounge seating. It also has a big screen TV and shows most major sporting events.As for pricing, it is one of the cheapest bars in town, but measures are only 25ml,...

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  • The best nightlife in town...

    Basically, live music of some sort almost every night of the week! From live bands (The likes of ASH, Shed Seven, The verve) to local musicians, DJ's, and even karaoke, this place offers it all... No dress code

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Ullapool Transportation

  • Scenic drive

    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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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Ullapool Shopping

  • Knitwear, how hard can it be

    Just last week I went yachting and picked up a boat in Ullapool and my crew being stout of heart but not of cloth went in search of some warming knitwear. They fell upon this shop and thinking serendipity had smiled in their direction, entered in search of some woollen cockle warmers. As we all know wool has the beautiful property of keeping its...

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  • Local Textiles & Woolen Items

    The shop was a small local craft shop specialising in textiles and hand knits. I did try to take a picture of their lovely sea scape window display but captured the Caledonian Hotel reading backwards! The girl serving in the shop was very friendly and chatty as she tried to persuade us to buy more items than we actually wanted. This wasn't pushy -...

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  • Music & Much More

    Ceol na Mara translated into English as 'Music of the Sea' and this was this shops speciality. We had gone in to buy some gifts for the Elgin Clan before leaving Ullapool to travel home. The shop is large and roomy with many gifts to chose from. Service is a family affair from an older couple and their Son. The man recommended and played a CD by...

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Ullapool Local Customs

  • Unstable weather and smoked salmon

    -> 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....

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  • Where are the toilets?

    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...

    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...

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Ullapool Warnings and Dangers

  • The Weather can change quickly

    When travelling back from Inverewe Gardens on the A832 the road climbs steeply near to Badcaul. At the highest point in the road we encountered a snow storm which appeared from nowhere. It had started to rain when we left the gardens with no worries in mind of our onward journey. The worst of the weather was over in around fifteen minutes but it...

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  • Bar Fights

    I really hate having to write this tip, as it concerns the bar i'm a supervisor in more than any other bar in Ullapool, but it needs to be done. Due to having the latest licence in town, most drinkers end up in the Seaforth after all the other pubs are closed, and bar fights are a reasonably common occurence. That said, the staff are pretty good at...

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Ullapool Off The Beaten Path

  • Lochinver

    After driving past Loch Assynt, and taking a break to explore around its margins where you may find the Calda House and the Ardvreck Castle, we finally made it to Lochinver.We headed for Culag Hotel, where we planned to drink a coffee. As we entered its bar, accompanied by our son, the staff told us that children were not allowed, so he suggested...

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  • Loch Assynt

    After visiting Ullapool, we decided there was time enough for further exploration and headed towards Lochinter, another fishing port situated north of Ullapool. Eventually, we got the wrong road, as we intended to drive by the coast, but got something wrong and drove "inside". We were so lucky to have gone the "wrong" way!We came across Loch Assynt...

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  • Leckmelm Gardens

    Exactly 3 miles South of Ullapool lie Leckmelm gardens, and old arboretum (1870) restored to some of its former glory, beginning 1984. It has a great selection of flaura, many local plants, and some highlights, including:California RedwoodJapanese Castor-oil treeWeeping BeechWisseliiMonkey Puzzle treesFalse Cypress treesThese are beautifully looked...

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Ullapool Sports & Outdoors

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    Under the Outdoor Access Code everyone has a right to walk in the countryside almost anywhere. We had a long, pleasant walk which takes you past Scondubh the last little white cottage in the village. The road becomes private here but poses no problems - it just means no vehicles are allowed except those belonging to people from the estate. Continuing along the reinforced path we then passed through a new plantation - Cnoc na Lise (knoll of the garden) The views of the River Ewe are lovely from here, we continued walking along the river bank until we reached open moorland and the path to Kernsay Estate. Time to turn back to walk the two miles back into the villlage with two happy but tired dogs.

    Equipment: Although the weather behaved for us on this walk with no snow showers, waterproof trousers and jackets are necessary even in summer. Walking boots are also an advantage especially if you leave the track to walk onto the moorland which is very, very wet and boggy. Dogs must be kept under close control or on a short lead. My dogs had no problem with the many sheep we encountered along the way and stayed quiet with no barking at all.

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  • Ullapool

    Basically, Ullapool consists of some streets and the port. It's a small village, and I've read that with its 1.400 inhabitants it's northwest's main centre of population. I'm sure this number rises during summer months, because when we visited, even though it was terrible weather, there were a lot of visitors around. Also, many hikers base their...

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  • General Info

    * Tourism Office7, Argyle street- Tel.: (+44) 612 35- Fax: (+44) 613 031- Internet:www.ullapool.comwww.ullapool.co.uk

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  • A hard place sprinkled with icing sugar

    Ullapool is in Wester Ross which is also part of Highland Region and carries an Inverness post code. Here the connection stops - this is the wild highlands with lonely moorland sprinkled with the odd white cottage. Ringed by mountains and hills made from solid rock. A hard place, a walkers paradise, a place of breathtaking beauty constantlly...

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