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Walks in & around Ullapool
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Exploring the area

Copyright Angus Bruce

Destination Ullapool

 

This beautiful, remote and exciting part of Scotland offers you many breathtaking places to visit. Enjoy a day out. Venture out through the gateway - north, south, east or west and sample the many delights.


Gardens

The Achiltibuie Garden.  Please note that we now have a new location within Achiltibuie. The old building which housed the Hydroponicum and its café is closed; our new growing house is situated nearby, whilst our office is in the township of Altandhu. The Achiltibuie Garden is now the only place in Achiltibuie where visitors can see hydroponic growing in use. We demonstrate the principles of hydroponics and the growing of indoor and outdoor plants on an environmentally sound basis. The visitor centre, opening in 2011, and gardens are open to the public. Opening times Easter to end September. Tue.Wed.Thur. 2pm-5pm

Inverewe Gardens. Follow the A832 to the south towards Poolewe to visit this outstanding garden impressively set on the shores of Loch Ewe.

Leckmelm Gardens. Just 4 miles east of Ullapool on the main A835 to Inverness, this arboretum, planted in the 1870s, is full of splendid and rare trees, specie rhododendrons, azaleas and shrubs. Seaview. Head south on the A832 to this delightful garden on the shores of Little Loch Broom, halfway between Ullapool & Gairloch.

Beaches

Beaches

Wester Ross boasts some of the most beautiful beaches. Enjoy a stroll along deserted golden sands or admire the beautiful stones:

Gruinard Bay - The journey from Ullapool south towards Gairloch boasts some of the most glorious beaches on the west coast. Take a look at some of them from the beautiful Gruinard Bay to the remote Mellon Udrigle shimmering sands. Carry on to Gairloch and the Big Sands.

A few miles north of Ullapool is the beautiful pebble beach at Ardmair overlooking Isle Martin.

A short trip further takes you to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Coigach peninsula – the most well known being Achnahaird.

Islands

Ullapool & Wester Ross is a land of islands. Escape to the islands.
From Ullapool, take a leisurely afternoon trip out to the Summer Isles aboard the
Summer Queen or enjoy a faster trip aboard the 12 seater rib “Centaur”. The Summer Isles can also be reached aboard the Hectoria from Badentarbert Pier at Achiltibuie.

Isle Martin lies some three miles north west of Ullapool opposite Ardmair Bay. A former RSPB bird sanctuary, the island is owned by the community and run by a Trust. In summer a voluntary ferry operates on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, weather permitting.

For Birdwatchers, Handa Island is a must. Handa is managed for its wildlife by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The island's magnificent Torridonian sandstone cliffs rise to over 100 meters in the North-west. Each summer they come alive, when nearly 200.000 seabirds gather here to breed. Guillemots, razorbills, and great skuas reach internationally important numbers. There are also kittiwakes, arctic skuas and some puffins. You will find attractive plant-life and archaeological remains of an old village which was inhabited until 1847.

For a longer trip, catch the ferry to the Western Isles. Caledonian Macbrayne operate summer day trips and all year round crossings.

Fishing

The Ullapool area offers access to some of the finest Loch Fishing in . A short journey northwards on the A835 towards Elphin are the famous limestone lochs of Assynt, these hold large numbers of wild brown trout, beautiful fish whose liking for the remote and scenic North Highlands only adds to their appeal. These are fish whose habits vary from loch to loch, providing challenge and variety for anglers of all abilities.

 

Traditional `loch style' top-of-the-water fishing is prevalent here, with teams of 2 to 4 wet flies employed on a fast retrieved floating line. Many local anglers use this method but there is also scope for dry fly angling on floating line with slower retrieve.

 

Come to our land of unsurpassed beauty and solitude, and enjoy an unforgettable angling holiday with fine fishing, fresh air and the freedom of the open hill and moor. As most of our angling visitors will confirm, this is an area which will capture your heart and make you want to come back time and time again.

Whether you're an expert angler or a beginner, you can easily escape from the crowds to enjoy superb angling backed up by easily-accessible advice and instruction, tackle and boats, and a range of accommodation to suit all needs and budgets.

Fishing permits available from Ullapool and Loch Inver Tourist Offices and advice and guidance Highland School of Fly-Fishing 01854 666334

 

Lighthouses

The Wester Ross & Sutherland coastline is the setting for some of the most dramatic and romantic lighthouses in Britain. From Cape Wrath in the north to Rua Reidh near Gairloch.
In between, there is Stoer Lighthouse with the famous Old Man just a walk away. Drive north from Lochinver on the B869 single-track road, past Clachtoll and Stoer, turning off just before Rienachait and heading for the lighthouse. There is a car park at the lighthouse and a rough track leading off over the moorland to view the old man.
Closer to home, Rhue Lighthouse and sea cliffs are situated at the end of the Rhue road which leaves the main road 3 miles north of Ullapool.

Mountains & Rock climbing

Ullapool & Wester Ross offer access to a mighty range of mountains and climbing routes.
Accessible too, are the imposing peaks of Assynt & Sutherland.
An Teallach and the vast mountains of the Fisherfield forest to the south compete with the draw to the north of Ben Hope, Ben Loyal & Ben More Assynt to name a few.

Not Munros, but a worthy day out to be had on – Stac Polaidh on the Inverpolly Nature reserve, Suilven, Ben More Coigach & Ben Gobhlach. For more information on hill walking in the Northern Highlands, take a look at the Walking in Scotland web site.

Geology

Ullapool is one of the gateway villages to Scotland’s first GeoparkThe North West Highland Geopark starts at The Summer Isles in Wester Ross and continues northwards through west Sutherland to the north coast. The Geopark extends to the east of Durness, beyond Loch Eriboll, and on to The Moine. The eastern boundary of the Geopark largely follows the Moine Thrust zone, a famous and important geological structure.  You will see Stoer Sandstone, Lewisian Gneiss, Durness Limestone, the Scourie Dykes, Inselbergs and multi-coloured rocks at Laxford Bridge.

Waterfalls & Gorges

On the main A835 2 miles west of Contin and about half way between Inverness to Ullapool, enjoy the walks and trails around Rogie Falls.

The spectacular Falls of Measach and the Corrieshalloch Gorge. are now accessible from a new car park and information site on the A832 Dundonnell road. Click on the link for more information.

The road to Gairloch leads you by the Ardessie Falls between Dundonnell and Badcaul.

Circa 40 miles north of Ullapool in the village of Kylesku take a boat trip to the dramatic Waters of Kylescue.
Circa 20 miles north of Ullapool, turn right at Ledmore Junction and head for Lairg. Circa 7 miles from Lairg is the
Falls of Shin centre where you can see wild salmon leaping , enjoy forest walks, gift shops and restaurant.

Low level walks, Forest walks & Nature

It is not only the hardy mountaineer looking to bag munros who comes to Ullapool & Wester Ross The area has a variety of low level and way marked trails to offer the walker, birdwatcher, photographer, painter or simple lover of nature.

The Ullapool Hill walks offer spectacular views over the village and Loch Broom with An Teallach appearing in the distance as you climb to the 300ft summit. The Tourist Information Office on Argyle Street (Tel: 01854 612135)  has leaflets for this walk or you can download a copy below. Alternatively, you can contact the Highland Ranger Service on 01854 633350 for details of walks.

Inverlael Forest offers access to the mighty peaks of Beinn Dearg and Seana Bhraigh but also has many miles of forest trails for walking, cycling & running.

The Highland Council Ranger Service offers many guided walks and is the source of much advice and information on walking in the area. Contact on Tel: 01854 633350.
Another source of information is the
Walking in Scotland web site.

Officially opened in May 2006, the Leitir Easidh All Abilities Path is located about 6 miles east of Lochinver on the A837. This new path has been constructed so that it is suitable for wheelchairs and people of limited mobility. There are regular resting places along the path which passes the shores of the lochs of Loch Leitir Easaidh and Loch na h-Innse Fraoich. There are composting loos and shelters at each of the lochs. Trout fishing available by permit with adaptable boats suitable for disabled anglers.The path is managed by local based charity Culag Community Woodland Trust

 

 

From Ullapool head east along the A835 to Braemore junction, stop a while in Leckmelm at the Arboretum. Enjoy a walk in the vast Inverlael forest, trails suitable for cycling, walking, running. Stop to wonder at the Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. Turn south on to the A832 on the Wester Ross Coastal Trail and drive past mighty An Teallach, stop for refreshments in Dundonnell, admire the spectacular Ardessie falls, play on the sandy beaches and stroll around the Inverewe Gardens. A drive from Ullapool to Gairloch will take around one hour by car.

From Ullapool, head north taking the A835 past the sweeping pebble beach at Ardmair looking over to Isle Martin with Ben More Coigach towering behind. Continue north through Strathkanaird, 7 miles North of Ullapool, in the ancient parish of Coigach. Stop a while at the Knockan Crag Visitor Centre and Nature Trails here it is a short drive where you can turn left through the Inverpolly Nature Reserve dominated by Stac Polaidh & Suilven beyond to Achiltibuie. Enjoy the beaches, the smokehouse, the Hydroponicum or take a boat trip to the summer isles.

Alternatively continue north through the district of Assynt. Take the Assynt coastal road to view the Falls of Kirkaig, stop a while in Lochinver.

Head even further north through Kylesku, take a boat trip to the spectacular falls. Feel the atmosphere of Sandwood Bay, the ruggedness of Cape Wrath and the sands of Durness and Balnakiel Bay (Ullapool to Durness is a 2 hour drive).

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Always remember that when you are in Ullapool, information is readily available from a number of sources:

Access the website using the Internet facilities available at:

  • Ullapool Book Shop
  • Ullapool Community Library, within Ullapool High School.

Listen to the local radio station Lochbroom FM on 102.2 FM & 96.8 FM mornings & evenings.

Buy the Ullapool News (Tel: 01854 613334) every Friday for up to date news & events

Call in at the Tourist Information Office  on Argyle Street.

Downloads

You may need an Acrobat reader to read some of the PDF files above, click here to download the reader from Adobe
Click for a map of Ullapool, Wester Ross, Scotland
Forthcoming Events

Ullapool Regatta

After the great Skiff Champioship last year, the Loch Broom leg of the St Ayles Skiff racing Calendar will take place over the extended Weekend of 11th to 13th July 2014.
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Ullapool acclaimed
Ullapool voted
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Ullapool has just been declared as one of the UK’s top 10 outdoor towns. The village was described as an “outdoor paradise” which has “Scandinavian twinkle in winter and Canadian-style adrenalin in summer” by Outdoor Fitness, a new multi-fitness lifestyle magazine.
Click here to read the article which appeared in the Press & Journal! ...

Weather

Changeable days! Whatever the weather, there is always something happening here so come and enjoy!

Ardmair weather station - a local weather point for up to date information on conditions in and around ullapool...To go to the site, click here

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