Ullapool is a village on Scotland’s Northwest Coast set on the fringe of the Atlantic. The village was founded at the height of the herring boom in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society, on the shores of Loch Broom. Ullapool is described by the Rough Guide as, ”A hugely appealing place and a good base for exploring the Northwest Highlands”.
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Sit by the harbour and watch the fishing boats and the Stornoway Ferry or watch the harbour seals or just enjoy the wonderfull setting of Loch Broom with the mountains of An Teallach, Beinn Ghobhlach, Sail Mhor in the distance. Cruise for the day on the new ferry Loch Seaforth and enjoy the fabulous scenery and look out for dolphins and porpoises. Ullapool is a noted centre for walkers wanting to enjoy the Munros and Corbets that surround it. . Or take a shorter local boat trip or cruise to The Summer Isles and see seals, a variety of seabirds and maybe a Minke Whale.
Ardmair Bay is just 4 miles from Seagulls and has a stunning backdrop of Ben Mohr Coigach and a popular beach. See unforgettable sunsets from Rhue, 4 miles away. Drive to Gairloch on the road described by the AA as, "Scenery which is good as it gets" and visit the world-famous Inverewe Tropical Gardens 57 miles away. Take half a day to drive the loop road to Lochinver and on to Drumbeg and enjoy one of the most stunning drives you are likely to experience.
Eat one of the award-winning pies in Lochinver. Visit the hydroponicum in Achiltibuie 32 miles by car and have tea or lunch or picnic whilst admiring the fabulous views of the Summer Isles. The Inverpolly Nature Reserve and Geopark are 20 minutes away by car.
There are many stunning beaches in the area all attainable by car but involving another stunningly attractive drive. The nearest is at Ardmair which is made up of stones of varying sizes in a magnificent location. Ardmair is a 5-10 minute drive away. Achnahaird beach is sandy and beautiful about 30-45 minutes away by car near Achiltibuie. Going north on the Drumbeg loop road you will find more fabulous sandy beaches like Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Clashnessie, there are more beaches further north. Durness and Balnakeil are at the top of Scotland. Getting there involves another stupendous drive of about 2 hours. Driving south to Gairloch you can turn off to one of the best beaches at Mellon Udrigle.
Near Gairloch the famous tropical gardens at Inverewe are well worth a visit. Inverewe is a National Trust of Scotland attraction. Corrieshalloch Gorge is twelve miles from Ullapool and should not be missed if you like spectacular waterfalls. Inverness is 56 miles away and has a full range of bigger shops, castle and of Course Loch Ness. The Loch Ness Visitor centre at Drumnadrochit is about an hour and a half scenic drive away.