Ullapool and Wester Ross

Ullapool is full of souvenir/craft shops, guest houses and hotels, it bustles all day long in summertime with people arriving off the ferry from Stornoway on Lewis or waiting for the next one. The town has a leisure centre with sports facilities and swimming pool, library, grocery shop, bank, butcher's shop, chemist's (pharmacy/drug store), supermarket, post office and petrol stations. Boat trips are available to the nearby Summer Isles (see below).
Internet access is available at the book shop near the ferry terminal.

Ullapool is a great centre for hillwalking (see below) and it's an ideal base for touring the beautiful landscape of the north-west Highlands. You might be able to spot some deer around here. Golf course - 9 holes split over the shores of Loch Broom and Ullapool River (telephone 01854 613 323). Tennis courts too.

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Founded by the British Fisheries Society in 1788, the town now sees more Eastern European factory ships than Scottish herring boats.

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The Ullapool Museum in the old church in West Argyle Street won the Scottish Museum of the Year award for 1996. The church was restored in 1995 and now has an audio-visual display about the local area and people with a commentary available in several languages. Some of the historical material which illustrates all aspects of Highland life came from the exhibition organised for the town's bicentenary in 1988. This includes old books, ships ledgers and records detailing the emigrants who set off for Canada and New Zealand. Henry Beer has written a fascinating article on the Hector which left Loch Broom in 1773 with 179 people bound for Nova Scotia. Click here to read all about it.

Opposite the museum is the North West Outdoors shop.

For a list of shops & restaurants in the main street of Ullapool, visit www.high.st/

Highland Stoneware on North Road in Ullapool is open weekdays 9am-6pm (all year) and 9am-5pm on Saturdays from Easter to October. They produce hand-painted pottery (gifts and table/cookware).

Some Events for 2014:

The Ceilidh Place hosts lots of live music events throughout the year (tel: 01854 612103).
Every Thursday from mid June - mid September, you can enjoy a display of pipes, drums and Highland Dancing at the Pier Head car park.
Also during the summer, a market is held on Saturdays with stalls selling food, crafts, pictures, etc.

More local events are listed on the Ullapool Tourism & Business Association web site.

Travel Tips

By road Ullapool is 60 miles from Inverness (probably about 90 minutes by car/bus).

Scotland Map
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey
and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Transport

Ewen's of Ullapool offer Taxi Services, Mini-Bus and Coach Hire, Coach Tours throughout the North West Highlands. Fleet of 4, 7, 16 and 22 seater vehicles. Tel: 01854 612966.

Lochbroom Filling Station (on Garve Road, Ullapool) offers car hire. Tel: 01854 612 298.

For national car hire companies and other transport details - see the travel tips page.

Tours

Local guide James Stewart of Ullapool Tours offers personalised guided tours of Ullapool, Wester Ross and Sutherland in a people carrier (max 6 people).
Tours leave from the kiosk on Shore Street by the pier in Ullapool most days at 10am or 2pm with a minimum 3 people (or fewer with a surcharge). Half day or full day tours. Tel: 01854 612 461.
Tours can also be organised with a fluent German tour guide who lives locally. Storytelling sessions also available.

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James overlooking Ullapool and Lochbroom
Photo copyright Ullapool Tours

Day trip to the Isle of Lewis:
On Wednesdays and Fridays from 25 June - 5 September 2014 you can get the 9.30am Calmac ferry from Ullapool and join a coach tour at Stornoway taking you to the Callanish standing stones, Carloway Broch and Gearrannan black house village. You then get time in Stornoway and leave at 7.45pm and reach Ullapool at approximately 10.30pm. View Calmac cruise brochure.

Based in the Highlands, Scotland Made Easy can plan a customised itinerary for a self-drive tour to suit your interests, budget and time available. They will book you into recommended accommodation where you are assured of quality, comfort and hospitality - usually in 4 or 5 star B&Bs in Scottish homes. Optional 'specials' include a night in a castle, church, lighthouse, country mansion, etc.

Celia Ffitch-Stewart is a fully insured driver-guide with Mercedes limousine for your tailor-made guided tour. Based in Fortrose, near Inverness. She offers half day, full day or extended tours. Airport collection (Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness). Services can include itinerary planning and accommodation reservations. Meet your clan chief, trace your roots, stay in a castle, tour the distilleries. Member of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association).

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Boat Trips

  • The Summer Queen - telephone 01854 612472. 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 4-hour cruises to the Summer Isles including time ashore on Tanera Mhor (departs 10am Monday to Saturday). Sunset evening cruises to Isle Martin - times vary.
  • Seascape operate high speed tours of the Summer Isles and Loch Broom aboard a 12 seater RIB called Centaur. Trips last approx. 90 minutes - 2 hours. Cost: £24 per adult, £18 for under 12s (no children under 5). Departures from the small jetty at Ullapool harbour. Booking recommended. Tel: 01854 633 708.
  • From late June to the end of August, the ferry timetables allow you to take the morning ferry to the Isle of Lewis and return in the evening on either a 'non-landing cruise' across the Minch or on a 'landing cruise' with time ashore (coach tours available on certain days). See the timetables on the Caledonian Macbrayne web site.
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Walking / Activity Holidays

Based in Ullapool, North-West Frontiers organises guided walking holidays in Caithness, Sutherland and other areas of the Highlands and Islands.

Rua Reidh Lighthouse near Gairloch provides hostel and B&B accommodation. You can also go rock climbing or abseiling with qualified instructors.

NorWest Sea Kayaking offers full day, half day, evening, and multi-day trips in the area of Lochinver, Ullapool and Achiltibuie - including the Summer Isles, Handa Island, Old Man of Stoer and Glencoul. No experience is necessary. Introductory courses available, and camping trips.

Wild Rose Escapes offer specialised holidays near Ullapool. Activities can include hill walking, kayaking with a local guide, yoga with an experienced teacher, holistic massage, wild food foraging and cookery (depending on season), bird watching walks with a specialised guide, dry stone walling with a local waller, felting workshop with a local artist. Tailor-made holidays can be arranged for groups.

For outdoor enthusiasts in the area, visit the WalkHighlands page about Ullapool walks.

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View from Ullapool harbour

What to see around Ullapool

Whether you go north into Assynt and Sutherland
or south into Wester Ross, the scenery is spectacular.
Stac Pollaidh

NORTH OF ULLAPOOL (brief outline):

  • The Summer Isles can be visited by boat from Ullapool or Achiltibuie. Tanera Mr is famous for its private post office and unique stamps. The island has facilities for art courses, watersports and self catering.
  • Ardmair: pebble beach, campsite, watersports. Opposite the shore, Isle Martin sits out in the bay (ruins of chapel and fish curing station), abandoned after WW2, taken over by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, but handed over to a trust of local communities in 1999. Dominated by the hulk of the mountain Coigach (743 metres).
  • Achiltibuie: beaches, smokehouse, garden, good food. Boat cruises to the Summer Isles.
  • Inverpolly Nature Reserve (12 miles north of Ullapool): Visitor Centre at Knockan and nearby nature trails. Mountain scenery including Stac Pollaidh (see photo above).
  • Assynt coastal road including the Falls of Kirkaig, Lochinver, Stoer Lighthouse and Old Man of Stoer.
  • Ruins of Ardvreck Castle.
  • Waterfall boat trips from Kylesku. Handa Island boat trips from Scourie.
  • Kinlochbervie, Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath and the sands of Durness (2 hour drive from Ullapool).

Assynt and Sutherland is one of the most spectacular scenic regions of Scotland for its variety and panoramic views. I highly recommend it for lovers of mountains and wilderness. Full details on my separate page.

WESTER ROSS (mainly South of Ullapool):
  • Leckmelm Shrubbery and Arboretum has 10 acres of grounds and a walled garden, 3 miles from Ullapool on the main road. No parking for buses or large vehicles. Entry fee: 1.50 pounds (honesty box). Originally laid out in the 1870s by Mr. Pirie of Aberdeen, it was redeveloped in 1985 and is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Troughton.
  • Lael Forest Garden: 17 acres of forest, 7 miles south of Ullapool.
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach (12 miles south of Ullapool). This gorge is 1 mile long and 200 feet deep. From the suspension bridge you can stand above the 150-foot waterfall. Along the path, there's also a viewing point from which you can take photos. If you suffer from vertigo - be careful! Large carpark with public toilets situated on the opposite side of the road.
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The old conservatory
at Leckmelm Shrubbery

At Braemore Junction, you can either head across Dirrie More towards Garve and Inverness, or take the much recommended scenic road along the Wester Ross Coastal Trail where you will see An Teallach looming at you.

An Teallach photo

This is just a brief mention of local sights:

  • 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.
  • Sealife Glass Bottom Boat - daily cruises from Gairloch harbour with registered safe wildlife operators. Tel: 01445 712540 / Mobile 0773 324 0621.
  • 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.
  • Hebridean Whale Cruises have 2 boats offering 1 hour, 2 hour or 3 hour trips from Gairloch to see whales, dolphins and wildlife between April and October. Freephone: 0800 008 6833. Tel: 01445 712 458.
  • Rua Reidh Lighthouse at Melvaig. Accommodation and visitor centre.
  • Hiking around Loch Maree and the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.

The web site for the Celtic Fringe Tourism Association of Wester Ross has details of Gruinard Bay, Little Loch Broom, Mellon Udrigle, Gruinard, Dundonnell, Gairloch, Loch Maree, Kinlochewe, Shieldaig, Torridon, Lochcarron, Applecross, Achnasheen and Garve. Full details on accommodation, sightseeing, hiking, boat trips, etc.

Slioch and Loch Maree, Ross-shire

If you continue all the way down the west coast, you will end up at the scenic village of Plockton and then Kyle of Lochalsh which has the bridge over to the Isle of Skye. Ideally you would need at least 2 days to explore from Ullapool down as far as Kyle, but it would be quite possible to spend a week in this area of western Scotland.

Wester Ross Accommodation

Hotels

Caledonian Hotel
Caledonian Hotel
Quay Street
Ullapool IV26 2UG

Located in Ullapool
Caledonian Hotel

One of the oldest hotels in Ullapool. 2 Stars.
It overlooks the harbour with wonderful views of the sea and hills.
Bar and lounge bar with a Highland theme.
Stylish, new Caley Inn Bistro offers food and drink all day.
Guests have free access to the nearby Loch Broom leisure centre.

Choice of 83 ensuite bedrooms with TV, tea/coffee.
B&B prices from £32 per person.
Click here for online booking

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The Old Mill Highland Lodge
The Old Mill Highland Lodge
Talladale
Loch Maree
Ross-shire IV22 2HL
Tel: +44 (0)1445 760 271
Email: plbyrn@aol.com
The Old Mill Highland Lodge

Situated by Loch Maree near the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.
10 miles north of Kinlochewe and 10 miles south of Gairloch.
2 acres of grounds with panoramic views of Slioch.
Ideal for relaxing in tranquility, touring or hill walking.

4 star quality small hotel.
3 course dinner with wine list.
Selection of whiskies.

6 ensuite bedrooms: 3 double and 3 twin.
All with hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
No smoking. No children.

Dinner, B&B prices from £85 per person per night.
Special rates for 3 or more night stays.
Open 31 March - 31 October 2014.
Credit and debit cards accepted.
Click here to visit web site

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Featured B&Bs

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SCOTLAND'S BEST B&Bs

Scotland's Best B&Bs is an organisation
with 96 members throughout Scotland.
All graded 4 or 5 Stars by the Scottish Tourist Board (Visit Scotland).
Members in Wester Ross include Loch Broom and Loch Torridon.

To see members of Scotland's Best B&Bs
please click here to visit their web site

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Waterside B&B
Donnie & Fiona Hossack
6 West Shore Street
Ullapool IV26 2UR
Tel: +44 (0)1854 612 140
E-mail: dahossack@btinternet.com
Waterside House B&B

Friendly B&B overlooking Ullapool harbour.
Recommended in The Rough Guide to Scotland.
Ideal if you are on the Stornoway ferry
or wish to tour Wester Ross & NW Highlands.

3 ensuite double bedrooms.
All with panoramic sea views, flat screen TV, tea/coffee.
Free wireless Internet access.
Web site includes Virtual Tour.

B&B prices from £30 per person.
Minimum 2 nights in peak season.
No smoking. Open all year.
Click here to visit web site

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Mrs Annabell MacIver
The Sheiling
Achgarve
Laide
Wester Ross IV22 2NS
Tel: +44 (0)1445 731487
Email: stay@thesheilingholidays.com

Near Poolewe
The Sheiling B&B

Modern bungalow with views across open fields to Gruinard Bay.
Genuine Scottish hospitality.
1.5 miles from Laide village. Aultbea 4 miles.
Close to sandy beach at Mellon Udrigle.
Poolewe 10 miles. Gairloch 20 miles. Ullapool 44 miles.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs.
2 ensuite bedrooms: 1 double and 1 twin.
Both with TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee, etc.
B&B prices from £37.50 per person.
Instant online booking.
No smoking. No pets.
Self catering accommodation also available.

Click here to visit web site

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Stephen Love & Janis Burke
13 Sand Passage
Laide
Wester Ross IV22 2ND
Tel: +44 (0)1445 731 048
Email: lovecroftlaide@yahoo.co.uk

Between Ullapool and Gairloch
The Love Croft Guest House

Traditional Scottish croft house set in 7 acres.
Ullapool: 45 minutes. Inverewe Garden: 9 miles.
Views of the Summer Isles and An Teallach.
Relax in the dining room by the log fire and watch the sunset.
Guest lounge with TV.
High standard of accommodation.

3 spacious luxurious bedrooms with ensuite facilities:
1 twin/family room and 2 double rooms.
B&B from £30 - £34 pounds per person.
Bunkroom for children £16 per child.
All rooms have hairdryer, tea/coffee, wi-fi broadband.

10% discounts for stays of 4 nights or more.
Evening meals from £15
with mostly organic home-grown food.
Click here to visit web site

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Veyatie B&B view photo

Dawn & Mel Chapman
Veyatie
66 Baddidarrach
Lochinver
Sutherland IV27 4LP
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1571 844424
Email: veyatie-lochinver@tiscali.co.uk

Between Ullapool and Cape Wrath
Veyatie

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star B&B.
Member of Scotland's Best B&Bs.
Welcome Host and Taste our Best certificates.
Complimentary afternoon refreshments served in the conservatory.
Guest lounge with wide screen TV, VCR and hi-fi.
Free wireless ADSL connection.

Located just outside the village of Lochinver.
35 miles north of Ullapool, 50 miles south of Cape Wrath.

Superb views from the house and bedrooms
overlooking Lochinver Bay and Suilven mountain.
Nearby sandy beaches. Ardvreck Castle 11 miles.
Ideal for touring Assynt, walking, fishing, etc.

2 ensuite bedrooms: 1 double and 1 twin.
Each with hairdryer, Highland Stoneware crockery,
clock radio, fan, central heating, tea/coffee.

B&B prices from £43 per person per night
Single occupancy of double/twin from £55.
Open January - November.
No smoking.

Click here to visit web site

Wester Ross Self Catering Accommodation

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Contact: Frank & Dianne Buckley
An Caorann - Melvaig
Gairloch
Wester Ross IV21 2EA
Tel: +44 (0)1445 771 225
E-mail: highlandholiday@aol.com

Near Gairloch
Minch View

Traditional detached cottage overlooking the sea.
In the quiet crofting community of Peterburn.
Just a short distance away from the beach.
Sleeps 4 people and a baby.
Gairloch 9 miles. Poolewe 11 miles.
Torridon 40 miles. Ullapool 65 miles.

2 bedrooms (1 twin & 1 double), 2 bathrooms.
Large glazed entrance porch/sun lounge, with sea views,
Lounge with TV & VCR. Separate dining room.
Kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer, cooker,
fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, etc.
Oil fired central heating. Payphone.
Broadband internet access (extra charge).

Rental tariff: £225 - £385 per week.
No smoking.
Web site includes 360 degree virtual tour.
Click here to visit web site

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Midwest cottage photo

Midwest Cottage
10 Wester Alligin
Wester Ross IV22 2HD

Contact: John & Margaret Spalding
Email: john.spalding848@btinternet.com
Tel: 01790 754259

Near Torridon
Midwest Cottage

Traditional stone built croft cottage.
Renovated and extended. Central heating.
In Wester Alligin, 4 miles west of the village of Torridon.
Panoramic views south across Loch Torridon.
10 minutes walk from shingle beach.

Accommodation for 5 in 1 ensuite double bedroom,
1 twin room, 1 single room, 1 bathroom.
Spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen area with patio windows,
satellite TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, telephone.
Terrace, barbecue, deck chairs, midge machine.
No pets. No smoking.

Rental tariff £500 per week
incluing electricity, heating, bed linen & towels.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Alasdair & Clare Wright
14 Midtown of Inverasdale
Poolewe
Wester Ross IV22 2LW
Telephone: +44 (0)1445 781783
Email: alasdairwright@btinternet.com

Cottage also available (sleep 6).

Near Poolewe
The Lodge at Coille Bheag

Architect-designed luxury timber eco-cabin built in 2007
with spectacular views of Loch Ewe & the mountains beyond.

2 double bedrooms & 1 shower room.
Large open-plan area with a high cathedral ceiling,
polished wooden floor and huge windows.
Kitchen/dining area with dining table.
Facilities include satellite TV, DVD/CD player, microwave,
electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine.
Wooden floors throughout. Double glazing.
Travel cot & high chair available on request.
Picnic table.

Set on a 6-acre croft with its own wood and wild meadowland.
Overlooks Loch Ewe towards Inverewe Gardens.
Panoramic views of Beinn Airigh Charr, Beinn Eighe and An Teallach.
Home-grown organic vegetables and free-range eggs usually available.

Prices from £245 - £550 per week.
includes electricity, towels and bed linen.
Welcome pack with complimentary bottle of wine.
Online availability chart.
No smoking. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

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Frank & Dianne Buckley
An Caorann - Melvaig
Gairloch
Wester Ross IV21 2EA
Tel: +44 (0)1445 771 225
E-mail: highlandholiday@aol.com

Gairloch
Freyja

Traditional style detached house about 300 yards from the shore.
In the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, 10 miles from Gairloch.
The house overlooks the sea, with views of Skye, Harris and Lewis.
Torridon 40 miles. Ullapool 65 miles.

2 bedrooms: 1 twin & 1 double.
Bathroom with shower over bath.
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave,
fridge and freezer, washing machine, etc.
Lounge/dining area with TV, VCR, CD.
Double-glazing throughout. Pay phone.

Rental tariff: £175 - £385 per week.
No smoking.
Web site includes 360 degree virtual tour.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Alasdair & Clare Wright
14 Midtown of Inverasdale
Poolewe
Wester Ross IV22 2LW
Telephone: +44 (0)1445 781783
Email: alasdairwright@btinternet.com

Luxury eco-lodge also available (sleeps 4).

Near Poolewe
Coille Bheag

Renovated crofter's cottage sleeping up to 6 people plus baby.
On a 6-acre croft with its own wood and wild meadowland.
Overlooks Loch Ewe towards Inverewe Gardens.
Panoramic views of Beinn Airigh Charr, Beinn Eighe and An Teallach.
Home-grown organic vegetables and free-range eggs usually available.

Most rooms have spectacular mountain views.
2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, bathroom.
Living room with coal fire, TV, VCR, books, videos and board games.
Kitchen/dining room, cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine.
Heated conservatory. Enclosed garden area.
Children and well-behaved pets welcome.

Prices from £245 - £470 per week.
Electricity and fuel included in price.
Short breaks available in low season only.
Online availability chart.
Bedlinen and towels provided.
No smoking.
Click here to visit web site

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Inverkirkaig

Ronald & Sheina MacKenzie
'Valhalla'
Inverkirkaig
Lochinver
Sutherland IV27 4LR
Tel: 01292 312291
Email: ronaldmackenzie@btinternet.com

Assynt
Linga Holiday Chalet

Timber-built chalet in a secluded position overlooking Inverkirkaig Bay.
3 miles south of Lochinver. 38 miles north of Ullapool.
Sandy beaches nearby. Unspoilt coastal and mountain scenery.
Ideal base for exploring Assynt, NW Sutherland and Wester Ross.

Accommodation for 4 people:
2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin).
Bathroom with electric shower over a bath.
Large open-plan living area which looks down on the bay and beach, just yards away.
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave oven, fridge freezer and washing machine.
Digital TV. Wi-fi access.
Double glazing throughout.

Rental prices from £315 per week
including electricy, bed linen and towels.
Strictly No Smoking. No pets.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Tony Gill
Tel: 01722 325462
Email: tonyhomeqs@ymail.com

Gairloch
The Croft & Sea Croft
Choice of 2 individual self catering accommodation properties
situated in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
Gairloch 10 miles. Torridon 40 miles. Ullapool 65 miles.

Both properties are about 200 yards from the shore
with views of the sea & Hebrides.
Traditional style semi-detached houses.
No smoking. Pets by arrangement.
Online availability calendar.
Cot available for a baby.

Sea Croft: sleeps 2
1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath.
Lounge/kitchen with patio windows overlooking sea.
Cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/drier.
Digital TV, DVD player, VCR, a radio/cassette/CD player.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Rental prices from £175 per week.

The Croft: sleeps 4
2 bedrooms: 1 double & 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath.
Kitchen with cooker, dishwasher, microwave,
fridge and freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, etc.
Dining area with patio windows & sea views.
Lounge with digital TV, VCR, a radio/cassette/CD player.
Rental prices from £195 per week.
Click here to visit web site

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Rocklea photo

Contact: Mr and Mrs A. Gilchrist
Tel: +44 (0)131 441 6053
Email: aandagilchrist@blueyonder.co.uk

Laide / Little Gruinard
Rocklea
Situated at Little Gruinard. Sleeps 5 adults.
Modern log house set in 5 acres of grounds above Gruinard Bay
with direct, private access to the beach.
Guests have use of 2 canoes.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Accommodation on ground floor.
Assisted Wheelchair Access.
Open kitchen / dining / sitting area with
satellite TV, VCR, DVD, open fire. Wi-fi.
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.
1 bathroom with overbath shower. Separate toilet.
Kitchen includes electric cooker, microwave,
fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier
Garden chairs and table.

Rental tariff: £295 - £560 per week.
Pets welcome (extra charge).
Online availability calendar.
Click here to visit web site

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Frank & Dianne Buckley
An Caorann - Melvaig
Gairloch
Wester Ross IV21 2EA
Tel: +44 (0)1445 771 225
E-mail: highlandholiday@aol.com

near Gairloch
Rona & Raasay

Choice of 2 modern detached bungalows.
80 yards from the seashore with private beach access
in the quiet crofting community of Melvaig, near Gairloch.
The houses overlook the sea, with views of Skye, Harris and Lewis.
20 minutes from Gairloch. Torridon 40 miles. Ullapool 65 miles.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Each property sleeps 4 and has:
1 double bedroom & 1 twin bedroom.
Lounge with magnificent views,
digital TV, DVD, CD player.
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave,
fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer.
Ramp access and wide doorways for wheelchairs.
Double glazing & central heating.

Rental tariff: £195 - £450 per week.
Pets by arrangement.
Web site includes 360 degree virtual tour.
Click here to visit web site

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Elna and Hamish Lawrie
The Moorings
Badachro
Gairloch IV21 2AA
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1445 741 274
Email: hamish.lawrie130@btinternet.com
Near Gairloch
Badachro Self Catering Properties

2 semi-detached houses on the waterfront
at Badachro Bay (6 miles from Gairloch).
Shore House One: 1 double, 2 twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Shore House Two: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 2 bathrooms.
Both comfortably furnished and fully equipped.
Free Wifi.

Open all year.
Prices from £425 per week.
Special off-season short breaks (November - March):
£75 per night (minimum stay of 2 nights).
Online availability calendar.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact
Andy Wooles
Email: info@pentagon-scotland.co.uk
Near Gairloch
The Pentagon

Modern detached house in the small hamlet of Cove near Inverasdale.
Close to the sea and near a sandy beach.
Stunning views over Loch Ewe to the mountains beyond.

4 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 2 single).
2 bathrooms (1 with bath, 1 with shower).
Lounge with open fireplace, TV, VCR, Hi-Fi.
Books, maps, games, jigsaws.
Kitchen/dining room & utility room:
cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/drier, etc.
Double glazed throughout.

Prices from £400 per week.
Short breaks sometimes available.
Credit cards accepted.

Click here to visit web site

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Mrs Annabell MacIver
The Sheiling
Achgarve
Laide
Wester Ross IV22 2NS
Tel: +44 (0)1445 731487
Email: stay@thesheilingholidays.com

Near Poolewe
The Sheiling

Modern bungalow with views across open fields to Gruinard Bay.
Self contained unit for 2 adults. Adjacent to B&B.
1.5 miles from Laide village. Aultbea 4 miles.
Close to sandy beach at Mellon Udrigle.
Poolewe 10 miles. Gairloch 20 miles. Ullapool 44 miles.

1 double bedroom, shower room.
Dining / living area with TV & DVD.
Well equipped kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer,
dishwasher, washing machine, etc.
Electric central heating.

Prices from £250 per week.
Bed linen provided. Electricity by coin meter.
No smoking. No pets.
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Mrs Annabell MacIver
The Sheiling
Achgarve
Laide
Wester Ross IV22 2NS
Tel: +44 (0)1445 731487
Email: stay@thesheilingholidays.com

Near Poolewe
Caravan

Caravan with 2 bedrooms for 3 adults.
Full size bathroom connected to the mains.
Well equipped kitchen with an L.P.G. cooker,
electric fridge, microwave, kettle & toaster.
Living area has an electric heater, colour TV & DVD.
Inspected by the Scottish Tourist Board.

Panoramic views across open fields to Gruinard Bay and the hills beyond.
Adjacent to B&B.
1.5 miles from Laide village. Aultbea 4 miles.
Close to sandy beach at Mellon Udrigle.
Poolewe 10 miles. Gairloch 20 miles. Ullapool 44 miles.

Prices from £230 per week.
Electricity by coin meter.
No smoking. No pets.
Open March - November.
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Contact: Martin & Carol Roff
Rowan Glen
Culbokie
Dingwall IV7 8GY
Telephone: +44 (0)1349 877762
Email: martin@roff-rowanglen.co.uk

Loch Torridon
Caladh

Modern bungalow on Loch Torridon. Sleeps 5 - 6 people.
Unrestricted views south to the sea and mountains.
Adjacent 1 acre hillside plantation with rhododendrons,
eucalyptus, hardwoods and conifers, and also a 'retreat house'.
3 minutes walk by footpath to the beach.
Walkers & Cyclists Welcome.
Ideal for exploring Torridon, Applecross and Wester Ross.
16 miles from Kinlochewe.

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin and 1 smaller twin),
2 bathrooms and 3 WCs.
Lounge with open fire and satellite TV, large kitchen / diner.
Enclosed garden with seats and picnic table.
WiFi access.

Prices from £360 - £620 per week
2 additional bedrooms can be made available for 3 more people.
No smoking. No pets.
Online availability calendar.
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Frank & Dianne Buckley
An Caorann - Melvaig
Gairloch
Wester Ross IV21 2EA
Tel: +44 (0)1445 771 225
E-mail: highlandholiday@aol.com

Kinlochewe
Cairn Shiel

Modern bungalow with views of Slioch and Beinn Eighe.
Located by Kinlochewe near Loch Maree
in the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.
Torridon 10 miles. Gairloch 20 miles. Ullapool 55 miles.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
3 bedrooms: 2 twin & 1 family (1 king-sized double bed & 1 single bed)
Bathroom with shower over bath. Additional separate WC.
Lounge/dining area with TV.
Kitchen & utility room with dishwasher, cooker, microwave,
fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Rental tariff: £195 - £495 per week.
Pets by arrangement.
Web site includes 360 degree virtual tour.
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Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383
Cottages in Wester Ross

Wide choice of self catering properties ranging from 1 to 8 bedrooms.

Locations throughout Wester Ross
from Applecross to Ullapool

Web site with virtual tours and instant online booking.
Short breaks and late deals often available.
Search and book online

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For a wide selection of B&Bs, guest houses, and hotels, plus self-catering cottages and caravans,
visit the Accommodation Directories on the local web site for:
VISIT WESTER ROSS (Applecross, Lochcarron, Torridon, Kinlochewe, Gairloch, Poolewe, etc.)

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There are lots of guest houses and hotels in Ullapool, plus a youth hostel and campsite.
UllapoolLastMinute.com has details of local accommodation vacancies.

Miscellaneous accommodation listings:

  • The Argyll Hotel in the centre of Ullapool is a small hotel with a restaurant, lounge bar and public bar. Tel: 01854 612422.
  • Cruachan, on the outskirts of Ullapool, offers B&B in 3 rooms. Bikers welcome. Tel: 01854 612348.
  • Hazelbrae House B&B is located on the A835 in the village of Garve, between Inverness and Ullapool. 3 stars. 4 bedrooms. Self catering flat also available. Contact Bridget & Keith Frost. Tel: 01997 414382.
  • Ladysmith guest house and Tall Ship Restaurant, 24 Pultney Sreet, Ullapool. Situated 100 yards from the pier. Contact Pauline & Niv. Tel: 01854 613286.
  • Loch Dubh House at Strathkanaird, 8 miles north of Ullapool, offers B&B accommodation in 2 rooms (1 kingsize 4 poster bed and 1 twin/double). Contact: Alan & Chris Gibbins. Tel: 01854 666224
  • Riverview Bed & Breakfast at 2 Castle Terrace in Ullapool has 3 ensuite double bedrooms. Contact Nadine Farquhar. Tel: 01854 61 20 19.
  • The Sheiling Guest House overlooking Loch Broom is just 5 minutes from the ferry terminal in Ullapool has 6 ensuite bedrooms (4 double & 2 twin). Contact Iain and Lesley MacDonald. Tel: 01854 612947.
  • West House on West Argyle Street in Ullapool just 300 yards from the ferry terminal, offers 4 star B&B in 4 double/twin bedrooms. Contact Colleen and Richard Lindsay. Tel: 01854 613126.
  • Wingfold B&B ('Breakfast with a view') at 5 Castle Terrace in Ullapool has 1 single room en-suite. Facilities include wireless broadband. Contact Alice Keppel and James Stewart. Tel: 01854 612 461.
  • Woodlands is an excellent value B&B run by Ann and Ike Gibson at 1a Pulteney Street in the centre of Ullapool near the harbour. Discount for 3 nights or over. Tel/Fax: 01854 612701.

Self catering:

  • 3 Broom Cottages offers self catering in Ullapool with 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 single). Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
  • Ardmair House is a spacious property in Ullapool with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 10-12. Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
  • Ardmair Point (3 miles north of Ullapool) offers self catering chalets, and a 4-star caravan and camping park all with excellent facilities.
  • Aultbea Caravans
  • The Beach Hut at 5 Castle Terrace in Ullapool offers cosy self catering for 2 people (1 double bed). Private entrance, outside sitting area, wireless broadband. Contact Alice Keppel and James Stewart. Tel: 01854 612 461.
  • Camusaluinn is a fully modernised traditional Highland stone cottage with 2 bedrooms providing comfortable self catering holiday accommodation for up to 4 people. Situated on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon.
  • Crofton House is a tradional cottage offering self catering in Ullapool. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (3 double and 1 twin/superking). Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
  • Kilbrannan Holiday House (at Braes of Ullapool, 1 mile from centre of Ullapool) is a luxurious modern bungalow. Sleeps up to 6. STB 4 Stars.
  • Seagulls in Ullapool is only 3-5 minutes walk from the sea front and harbour. This new holiday home is newly furnished for the 2008 summer season. Graded 4 Stars by VisitScotland (Scottish Tourist Board). Sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin). Contact Brenda and Denis Underwood.
  • Suilven, in the village of Rhue, 3 miles north of Ullapool is a vegetarian B&B with 1 ensuite double room and 1 twin room. Loch and mountain views.
  • Tigh na Reultan at 2 Pulteney Street in Ullapool is available for self catering. Traditional stone built cottage, fully refurbished. (sleeps 5).
  • Waterfront Cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 double & 2 twin). Set in an elevated position above Loch Broom, 15 minutes walk from Ullapool town centre.

Camping:
Gairloch Holiday Park has a 6-bedroom self catering cottage, 2 static holiday caravans and an 80-pitch camping & caravan holiday park. Tel: 01445 712 373.

Hostel Accommodation:

  • The Ullapool SYHA hostel is situated in Shore Street. Telephone 01854 612 254. Open April - October. 57 beds. Details on Web site.
  • There's a simple SYHA youth hostel at Achinver, Achiltibuie (tel: 01854 622254) with 20 beds which is open mid May - end August. Approach via a rough track. Map Ref: O.S.15 (GR 042056). Details on Web site.
  • More hostel web sites....

For additional local accommodation listings,
see the Caithness/Sutherland page & Wester Ross page.

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Where to Eat

The hotels in Ullapool all serve good meals, plus there are a couple of fish and chip shops near the harbour.
For a list of shops & restaurants in the main street of Ullapool, visit www.high.st
The Frigate is a nice deli / cafe / bistro on Shore Street.
The Ceilidh Place in West Argyll Street has an excellent reputation for food (including vegetarian dishes) and live entertainment. It also has a bookshop.
The Arch Inn on Shore Street has a good reputation, and also serves bar meals.
The Seaforth Bar and Restaurant on Quay Street offers a variety of good food (including takeaways) and drink. Seafood Pub of the Year 2007. Live music.

Maggie's Tea Room and Craft Shop at Camusnagaul (28 miles south of Ullapool). Open from April to the end of September from 10am to 4.30pm (closed on Sundays). Evening meals can be arranged in advance.Tel: 01854 633326

Books - Maps - Videos

Skye and North West Highlands Walks - a very useful guide for less than 15 dollars. (Also available via Amazon.co.uk)

If you intend to go hiking, particularly in the hills, you will need the scale of maps provided by the Landranger series produced by the Ordnance Survey which is the official map agency of the UK: Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree - Raasay & Applecross, Loch Torridon & Plockton.

The Cape Wrath Trail
Full of gorgeous photos, this book is a guide to the long distance trail which stretches 200 miles through the remote and spectacular north-west Highlands. Perhaps more for the armchair traveller to enjoy since this is a difficult route to achieve in its entirety in real life. Published in April 2000 by David Paterson. In the same series as his book entitled A Long Walk on the Isle of Skye.
Order your copy from Amazon.co.uk

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Tourist Information Centres

Ullapool - Telephone: 01854 612486

Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board

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External Links

Ullapool Tourism and Business Association
UllapoolLastMinute.com
Ullapool Harbour Trust

Ullapool blog - local news and views
Angus Bruce Photography - landscape photos around Ullapool & Wester Ross

Ullapool, Dundonnell and Camusnagaul

Also tune in to 102.2 FM when near Ullapool to check out the local radio station Loch Broom FM.

Read Am Bratach the monthly news magazine for the NW Highlands

Camemora sells DVDs of scenic Scotland including Wester Ross

A Taste of Wester Ross - food and drink

Other links:
North-West Frontiers guided walking holidays
Rua Reidh Lighthouse Holidays

Wester Ross Self Catering: Cottages & Holiday Apartments

Ullapool B&Bs and Hotels