Ullapool is a small seaside town in North West Scotland, remote and idyllic in its own little part of the world. It is a port town linking the mainland to the western isles of Stornoway, Lewis and Harris, where you can catch a ferry over the water a couple of times a week.
The harbour is filled with fishing boats of all sizes and time can be spent watching the fishermen at work sorting out their catch for the day. Based right next to the sea, you can walk through the town to the sound of sea birds and smell the salty sea air. The beach is but a 5-minute walk from the high street and is the perfect spot to sit and take in the views, birdwatch amongst the pebbles, or enjoy a BBQ on those long summer evenings. Before you head up the larger Munros, Ullapool Hill can be the warm-up. It provides a gentle climb up to an amazing viewpoint – a nice one for the dog perhaps!
There are many cafes, restaurants and shops to explore and the museum and leisure centre can offer entertainment for those indoor moments. Local food produce and seafood is available in the shops, and also in the local food establishments including The Arch Inn, The Seaforth, The Morefield, The Ceilidh Place and Summer Isles Hotel. The award-winning fish and chip shop rests on the seafront giving you the chance to enjoy your Scottish fish and chips with a view! Everything from easy walks to Munro climbing, painting to stalking, bird watching to kayaking is at your feet and there is something here for everyone! Remember to take your camera as you will discover sights you will not want to forget.
This part of the North West Highlands offers so much in terms of natural beauty and Ullapool is surrounded by rugged mountains just waiting to be climbed: Bheinn Ghobblach to the west, An Teallach to the south west, Beinn Dearg to the south east, and Ben Mhor na Coigich to the north. If you make it up any of these, you are promised breathtaking panoramic views which will keep you and your camera busy for hours. You can then reward yourself in the evening by sampling the local ale, An Teallach, in one of the traditional Scottish pubs.
Ullapool is also an artist’s dream with many local painters, potters, musicians and free spirits residing or performing here. There are a number of festivals that run throughout the year including the Ullapool Book Festival and the Loopallu music festival which attracts thousands of people to the shores of the town to dance together and celebrate Scottish music! It is a town with a strong community network and you are promised a warm welcome from the locals.
So come and visit Ullapool and experience life further north into the rustic wildness of Scotland. Tourists come from all over the world to this part of our country and often return over and over, as one visit just simply isn’t enough! If you think that Ullapool looks like a great destination for a Scottish break, take a look at a selection of our properties in and around Ullapool.
2 Letters, Ullapool, North West Scotland, sleeps 6
This lovely self-catering holiday home is situated in a breathtaking location on the shores of Loch Broom. With extensive views over the loch and to the hills beyond, you can enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the area and the rugged wilderness that surrounds it. The accommodation is comfortable and well equipped with everything you could need; the large sunrooms offer a warm and sunny place to sit, and the living room with its open fire is perfect for those long cosy evenings indoors after full days of exploring. 2 Letters is a popular destination with our customers and the perfect base for your family holiday!
Inverbroom Lodge, Ullapool, North West Scotland, sleeps 18
Inverbroom is an impressive shooting lodge positioned in an outstanding location only half a mile from the head of Loch Broom and a short drive from Ullapool itself. It's a Victorian lodge modernised to create comfortable and stylish self-catering accommodation. Traditional charm shines through the interior decoration: antique furnishings, grand floor-length curtains, large ornate carpets and framed paintings. There are a wealth of bedrooms and extensive bathrooms and shower rooms throughout the property ensuring all guests are comfortably accommodated. The spacious and well-equipped kitchen is a cook’s delight with its pretty blue timber units, Aga and traditional wooden dining table creating a welcoming atmosphere, particularly suitable for informal meals. A wonderful house ready to look after you!
Ardmair Bay House, Ullapool, North West Scotland, sleeps 8
A spacious, modern and welcoming holiday home named after the bay it overlooks. Only minutes from Ullapool, the house enjoys spectacular views over the sea and Coigach mountains beyond. Ardmair Bay House has been cleverly designed for privacy whilst making the best use of the stunning views. All first-floor bedrooms are sea-facing and the master bedroom ‘suite’ has luxury private bathroom facilities, patio doors and private balcony. A wide stone patio runs the full length of the house and can be accessed from the kitchen and lounge, offering the perfect setting for BBQs and outdoor dining, not forgetting the hot tub! This is a really special house in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
If you don’t have plans made for summer yet, why not take a trip to Ullapool and experience all this for yourself? The area is great for those who want to hill walk, mountain bike, road bike, take road trips and leisurely walks, go birdwatching, seal spotting, food sampling and everything else!