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Sights & Activities


Culture

  • Ullapool has a thriving community with a rich and fascinating history. Regular music and arts events are held throughout the year. All visitors are made very welcome at the Ceilidhs and dances throughout the year. Local musicians playing traditional music and many well known bands appear regularly.
  • Visit the remains of the old Viking houses or stone circles around the Coigach peninsula.
  • Visit the award winning Ullapool Museum to check on your genealogy and see if your forebears emigrated, possibly to Nova Scotia on the ship The Hector during the 18th century?
  • Beautiful sea and mountain views complete with wide open landscapes, combine to provide a dream location for artists and photographers as well as for that special wedding! On a clear day you can see the Islands of Skye, Harris, Lewis and the Shiants from the Coigach peninsula.
Ancient remains Achnahaird beach  Summer Isles from Conival  Summer Isles from Conival
Ancient remains on Achnahaird Beach
 
Summer Isles from Conival
 
Ullapool Harbour view

Courses, Tours, Arts, Theatre & Events

Some of the ongoing courses, tours & events held in Ullapool throughout the year..

An Talla Solais - Visual Art Gallery
Ullapool Visual Arts Centre, artists work, crafts, galleries, arts and craft exhibitions sourced from throughout the Highlands and beyond. For details of ongoing events see Events Calendar
Email: antallasolais@btconnect.com, Tel: 01854 612310.
Bridge House Art - Fine Art and Drawing classes
Ranging from an Art Portfolio course over the winter to a wide variety of week & weekend art and drawing classes courses throughout the summer. Beginners are welcome See their current course calendar for more details at Course Calendar
Email: Contact Form, Tel: 01854 612281.
The Ceilidh Place - Fine Art and Drawing classes
The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, Hotel, Bar, Bookshop and Arts Venue and frequently live music in the evening. cater for weddings, anniversaries, christenings, wakes and groups for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea and evening meals. See Events. Email: info@theceilidhplace.com, Tel: 01854 612103.
Macphail Centre - Theatre and Events Guide
Macphail Centre - an Events Guide for Ullapool. Venue for theatre, conferences, meetings, training and the performing Arts, Ullapool, Scotland. see what new events are taking place on their Whats On page.
Email: macphailcentre@hotmail.co.uk, Tel: 01854 613336.
Summer Isles Sea Tours - Sea Tours
Sail around the legendary Summer Isles, with one hour ashore, departures daily from Badentarbet pier. sea-angling, charter hire & evening tours. Visit their website to view many of the sights available.
Email: ian.macleod@tiscali.co.uk, Tel: 07927 920 592.
Ullapool Tours - Local Tours
Based from their kiosk on Shore street, Ullapool - Ullapool Tours offer daily tours throughout the area. Ranging from small parties for short half day trips to bespoke tours which are tailored to your interests there is much to see and do. For a list of day tours see Day Tours.
Email: hello@ullapooltours.com, Tel: 01854 61 24 61.
Wild Tiles Craft courses
Textiles and Mosaic recycling workshops & weekend courses are held throughout the year. (CPD registered for teachers). See Wild Tiles' current calendar of courses for more details Mosaic commissions. Wild Tiles also have an Open Studio in nearby Elphin which is open to the public throughout the months of July and August.
Email: jan@wildtiles.co.uk, Tel : 01856 666279

Bird Watching

Over 100 species of birds including eagles, red and black throated divers, curlew and snipe. Departing from Ullapool Handa Island bird reserve is just 1 hours drive north, where you can see breeding seabirds including puffins and arctic skua. Boat trips leave every 15 minutes in season.
 
Leckmelm Gardens
 
Harbour


Wildlife is plentiful and diverse including dolphins, seals, otters, stags, wild cats, pine martens and both sea eagles & golden eagles. It is not unusual to see both seals and otters in Ullapool harbour itself.
 

Fishing

For those who prefer not to leave the village mackerel fishing can be had from Ullapool pier. There are numerous hill lochs that are abundant with wild brown trout. Some, such as Loch Cam, even have arctic char which have been landlocked from the last Ice age. For the more adventurous boats can be hired for sea fishing.


Day Permits are available for salmon and trout fishing on local lochs and rivers. Ocassionally anglers come to fish for sea bass from Achnahaird beach on the Coigach peninsula - a 25 minute drive. The more adventurous can hire a boat for the day with Creag Ard Charters and try their luck at sea fishing.

Leisure Centre

The fully equipped Ullapool Leisure Centre is situated in the village. The facilities include a swimming pool and sauna, indoor and outdoor courts and a fitness room.

Walking and Climbing

Ullapool village has many good paths and tracks offering everything from a gentle stroll in the forest to a steep hike up mountain tracks. Nearby, Lael Forrest and its forest garden has an interesting network of marked paths, while coastal walks nearby include the two-mile track from Blughasary or Glutton to Dun Canna – an iron-age fort, now a ruin – and the three-mile walk along the shore from Ullapool to Rhue lighthouse.

There is popular well-trodden path all the way to the top of Stac Pollaidh (613m), which even children can manage if you're not in a hurry. Only 30 minutes' drive from Ullapool on the road towards Achiltibuie this distinctive peak is easy to conquer, if somewhat narrow and slippery towards the ridge, and rewards with really breathtaking views to all points of the compass. March straight up and down and the round trip takes about three hours, or make a day of it, take a picnic and make the most of the views.

Coigach Sunrise                       The Fiddler
Coigach Sunrise
 
The Fiddler
Some of the best rock climbing in Scotland can be found twenty miles away on the cliffs at Reiff. The cliffs are well known in climbing circles and many people come to this area for the challenge. The area offers an amazing array of steep sandstone sea cliffs, many of which are non-tidal. There are several different areas, with walk-ins ranging from 5 minutes to one hour.

Two useful mountaineering sites which cover this area..

www.scottishclimbs.com. News. Discussion forum. Competition results. Guides to trad, sport, and bouldering areas across Scotland. Photos. Articles. (Scotland)
www.ukclimbing.com. Forums, News, photos UK Climbing is the definitive source for all Climbing and Mountain-related activity. We are the central source of information for UK Climbing.(UK)

Beautiful sea and mountain views complete with wide open landscapes, combine to provide a dream location for artists and photographers as well as for that special wedding! On a clear day you can see the Islands of Skye, Harris, Lewis and the Shiants from the Coigach peninsula.

Beaches

The West Coast has many stunning beaches, from the large flat unique stones of Ardmair beach 3 miles north of Ullapool and further a field the sandy expanse and dunes of Achnahaird. Also beautiful sandy beaches at Clactol, Achmelvich, Oldshoremore, Mellon Udrigle, Balnakeil and Sango Bay. Pack a picnic and take pleasure in a day at the beach.

Other Sights include

  • Ardessie Falls between Dundonnell and Badcaul.
  • Sandy beaches at Gruinard and Mellon Udrigle (photos).
  • Inverewe Garden colourful sub-tropical garden owned by the National Trust for Scotland open daily all year round. Its location is further north than Moscow. Visitor centre with restaurant and shop open April to October. Guided walks with the gardener during the summer season take place Monday to Friday starting at 1.30 pm. Telephone 01445 781 200.
  • Poolewe: popular tourist spot, swimming pool, church built by Thomas Telford.
  • Gairloch: youth hostel, beach, golf course, craft shops, cycle hire, campsite. Check out The Mountain Restaurant in the square at Strath, also its associated craft and book shop.The award-winning Gairloch Museum is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday from April to mid-October is near the tourist office and The Steading restaurant. It includes a shop, library, archives, Pictish carved stone, reconstructed croft-house room, schoolroom, lighthouse interior and lots of displays on local lifestyles.
  • Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre & Cruises - daily boat trips between March and October where you may see porpoises, whales, seals and dolphins, plus a huge variety of seabirds. Tel: 1445 712636.
  • Rua Reidh Lighthouse at Melvaig. Accommodation and outdoor activity centre.
  • Hiking around Loch Maree and the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.
  • Pop in to the award winning Ullapool Museum to check on your genealogy and see if your forebears emigrated, possibly to Nova Scotia on the ship The Hector during the 18th century?

 
Rua Reidh Lighthouse
 
Rua Reidh Lighthouse


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Ruth Clark, 16 Corrie Heights, Braes, Ullapool, Ross-shire, Highlands, Scotland. 01854 612790.
ruth.clark1955@icloud.com


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