The attractive little fishing port of Ullapool, on the shores of Loch Broom, is the largest settlement in Wester Ross.
Local Sights & Activities for Ullapool
Ullapool's attractions are very much of the outdoor variety and include the Falls of Measach, Achiltibuie and Stac Pollaidh. There are also many good local walks and cruises to the Summer Isles (see 'Tours' below). It's worth taking a stroll around the harbour to watch the comings and goings of the fishing fleet and you might even see the occasional seal or otter swimming close to the shore.
The only real 'sight' as such is the Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre in a converted church in West Argyle Street. It has some interesting displays on local history, including the story of those who set sail from here in 1773 on board The Hector, the first ship to carry emigrants from the Highlands to Nova Scotia in Canada. Info - Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1700; Nov-Mar by prior arrangements only, Tel. 612987.
Ullapool's favourite pub has to be the Ferry Boat Inn (or 'FBI' as it's known locally), on Shore St. It has a Thu night live music session year round and during the summer you can sit outside on the sea wall and watch the sun go down as you drain your glass. Another good place for a drink is the Arch Inn, at the other end of Shore St. The bar of the Seaforth Inn has live music on a Fri night, which has been described by one local as 'raucous'. For something a wee bit more sedate and civilized, head for The Ceilidh Place, where you can enjoy a quiet drink in the cosy Parlour Bar or take advantage of their varied programme of events. There's live music nightly (except Sun) throughout the summer and on a Mon in winter, also ceilidhs and poetry readings. The clubhouse opposite stages plays.
Ullapool Hotels & Accommodation
There is no shortage of places to stay in Ullapool, ranging from hotels to numerous guesthouses and B&Bs, a couple of good youth hostels and a campsite.
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Ferry Boat Inn, Shore St, Tel. 612366, www.ferryboat-inn.com On the lochside, decent accommodation and food and the best pub in town.
Point Cottage Guest House, 22 West Shore St, Tel. 612494, www.pointcottage.co.uk Lovely old fishing cottage at the quieter end of the loch-front.
Brae Guest House, Shore St, Tel. 612421. 8 rooms, open May-Oct. Comfortable guesthouse on the loch-front.
Eilean Donan Hotel, 14 Market St, Tel. 612524. Friendly and central.
Strathmore House, Strathmore, Morefield (1 mile north of town), Tel. 612423, Open Apr-Oct. Friendly, comfortable and good value.
Ullapool has a very good SYHA youth hostel on Shore St, Tel. 612254, open Feb-Dec, where you can pick up some good information on local walks, also bike hire, internet and laundry facilities. There's an independent hostel, West House, on West Argyle St, Tel. 613126, open all year. It has the full range of facilities, including free internet for guests, hires out mountain bikes and runs local bus tours.
The only campsite is at Broomfield Holiday Park, Tel. 6120020, on Shore St at the west end of the village, with great views across to the Summer Isles and a laundrette on site. It's open Easter-Sep.
There are more guesthouses on Garve Rd, heading south out of town, and lots of B&Bs along Seaforth Rd and Pulteney St.