birdwatching01Bird Watching

Over 100 species of birds including eagles, red and black throated divers, curlew and snipe. Handa Island bird reserve is just 1 ¾ hours drive north, where you can see breeding seabirds including puffins and arctic skua. Boat trips leave every 15 minutes in season.

Other wildlife includes 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.



Easy mackerel fishing can be had from Ullapool pier. There are also many hill lochs in this area 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.




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. Local Art, Craft, Creative Writing courses can be booked in advance through - ; ;


leisurecentreLeisure 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

The entire area north, south, east and west Ullapool village is laced with 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 a good, 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.

climbingSome 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.
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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 sites 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.



Email :    Tel : 01854 612368,   Mob : 07773304789,  
Postal Address : Frances Fogg, Skiba, Garve Road, Ullapool, Wester Ross, IV26 2SX.  

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