People come to Ullapool for many different reasons, some people want to relax and get a break from city life.
Some people come for adventure whether it be in the mountains or at sea. Some just stop off and stay the night before they get their ferry to Stornoway. Ullapool has many good reasons to visit, come and see for yourself.
Ullapool is a great base to explore the abundance of mountains and hill walks of Wester Ross. There’s something to suit every ability from Munros, rocky coasts and long inland footpaths, or just a quick walk up Ullapool Hill.
From Flyfishing to bait, bank or boat, salmon, trout, rainbows, Loch or Sea Ullapool is ideal for amateurs and experts alike. Fishing permits for many lochs around the area can be purchased at Northwest Outdoors and Lochbroom Hardware stores in the village.
The village boasts its own very picturesque nine hole course with a touch of links and moorland to it. Opened in 1998 by Prince Andrew it has since gone from strength to strength. With great views of Loch Broom and the Summer Isles, and a club house to wind down in. If you’re more adventurous, Dornoch, the home of golf, is little over an hours drive away.
The Arch has always been a motorcyclist friendly place to stay and Ullapool has always been a favourite for motorcyclists the world over. The main reason is the great sweeping roads across the county coupled with picturesque backdrops. Many use Ullapool as a base for touring the Highlands, within a few hours riding you can be up north at the beaches of Durness or down south at Applecross heading for the Isle of Skye.
Now one of the largest music festivals in the Highlands, Loopallu takes over the village in late September when thousands, young and old, make the annual pilgrimage to this very family friendly event. Always punching above its weight when it comes to attracting acts, over the years it’s seen the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The View, The Stranglers, Levellers and The Saw Doctors grace the stage. It has seen festival goers from as far a field as New Zealand, Australia and the USA visit our tiny village. If you do fancy coming don’t leave it too late to buy tickets, it’s usually sold out a month in advance!
Why not try Seascape who operate high speed tours of the Summer Isles and Loch Broom aboard a 12 seater RIB called Centaur. Trips last approximately 90 minutes – 2 hours. If you’d like something a little more sedate then there’s the Summer Queens two hour wildlife cruises to the Isle Martin bird sanctuary and seal islands (departs at 2.15pm daily, plus an extra sailing on Sundays at 11am), as well as four hour cruises to the Summer Isles including time ashore on Tanera Mhor. In the summer months why not consider a day trip on Calmac’s MV Isle of Lewis, departing Ullapool around 9am then over to the Outer Hebrides for the chance to explore and back by 10pm for a dram before bed!
Of course you could just come and do nothing!