Ullapool is a small town and can be easily viewed on foot.
The main attraction of Ullapool is the beautiful situation it is in beside the loch and surrounded by typical west Highland scenery. The town itself is pretty and can be wandered around in half an hour or so. Most people also end up walking over to the pretty but still functioning harbour, down to the loch or up the hill behind the town that, for very little effort, provides a wonderful view over the town and over to the Summer Isles.
- 1 Ullapool Museum, 7 & 8 West Argyle Street, IV26 2TY, ☎ . May - Sept Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Museum in a Thomas Telford church built in 1829, with temporary exhibitions.
- Ullapool is a great base for walkers and Munro-baggers - see Ullapool walks for details of many routes.
- There are cruises to the nearby Summer Isles in the boat 'The Summer Queen' and, for the more adventurous, on a speedboat (a RIB).
- Ullapool is remote enough that there is little skyglow and on a clear night the milky way is visible if one travels more than a few miles out of the village.
Festivals and events
Ullapool is one of the most 'happening' places in the highlands with frequent live concerts and events. Much of the best musical talents of the highlands make Ullapool a regular venue with concerts in the Ceilidh Place, Seaforth and Macphail Centre (a theatre attached to the newly built secondary school). There are also a number of annual festivals:
- Ullapool Book Festival. One of the best small book festivals around. In May.
- Loopalu. An increasingly popular rock music festival. End Sept/beginning Oct (2016).
- Ullapool Guitar Festival An acoustic guitar festival. In October (2016).
Ulapool has a number of shops and two banks (Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland).
For the essentials
- Tesco, Latheron Lane, IV26 2XB. M-Sa 7:00-22:00 Su 8:00-20:00. A reasonably well stocked medium sized supermarket
- Food for Thought, West Shore Street, IV26 2UR, ☎ . A local butchers and seafood restaurant next to the ferry terminal. Local quality produce including smoked fish and locally caught seafood. Recommended - shop small and local.
- The Frigate, Shore Street, IV26 2UJ, ☎ . A small deli attached to the coffee shop and restaurant.
- The Saturday craft and food market, Quay Street. Apr-Sep: Sat 09:00-17:00. In summer there is a weekly Saturday market selling crafts and local produce - organic vegetables, seafood, smoked cheese and fish, local bakery.
For the mind
Two great bookshops with a wide variety of books but specialising in Scottish books:
- The Ceilidh Place Bookshop. Attached to the hotel, cafe and restaurant (see Sleep).
- The Ullapool Bookshop, Quay Street, IV26 2UE (in the centre of town), ☎ .
For the spirit
There are a number of arts and crafts shops in Ullapool.
Two very good fish and chip shops are situated just over the road from the ferry terminal. They both claim to be award winning so take your pick. Most of the pubs serve food and there are a small number of restaurants, including an Indian.
- Essence Of India, West Lane, IV26 2UT, ☎ . An Indian restaurant with a difference. Nice and classical spicy Indian food available 7 days a week in an affordable price.
- 1 The Arch Inn, 10-11 West Shore Street, IV26 2UR (on the harbour front), ☎ . Offers a nice atmosphere and live bands.
- 1 Broomfield Holiday Park, West Lane, Ullapool, IV26 2UT, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a great camping and caravan site right on the shore of Loch Broom. You can pitch right by the water and watch the Stornoway ferry come in and out of port. Has a midge eating machine. from £14 for a tent, £18 for a caravan.
- 2 The Ceilidh Place, 14 West Argyle Street, IV26 2TY, ☎ . It's a Hotel 'cum Restaurant 'cum Bookshop 'cum Cafe 'cum Pub 'cum Art's Venue. This place is in all the best books about Scotland and for good reason, its somewhere to get away from it all and chill out. There is great food downstairs, solace upstairs in the guest lounge, the rooms are comfy and if you are lucky you will catch one of the passing musicians downstairs in by the fire. Its Scottish without being tacky, you will find no Jimmy Hats or dodgy tartan here.
- 3 Ullapool Youth Hostel, Shore Street, IV26 2UJ, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 16:30-22:30, check-out: 10:00. Great SYHA Hostel on the sea front, a few minutes walk from the ferry pier and the Citylink Bus Stop. Good kitchen and internet access. From £18 for an adult bed, £44 for a private room.
- 4 Riverview, 2 Castle Terrace, Ullapool, IV26 2XD, ☎ . Former Bed & Breakfast now let as a complete self-catering house. All rooms have en-suite shower rooms, flat screen TV/DVD players, tea/coffee making facilities. from £600 per week.