Although beautiful, rugged and remote are words often used to describe the area, we are also surprisingly accessible with good links from throughout the UK and Europe to Inverness and only an hours drive from there to Ullapool. Ullapool & Wester Ross stand at the gateway to and from all points North, South, East & West.
From Inverness, Ullapool lies approximately 55 miles or 100km west along the A835 through stunning scenery. An hour’s drive with many places of interest and rest stops along the way.
Gairloch lies circa 50 miles or 80km to the south along the scenic A832 passing by Loch Maree, Gruinard & Dundonnell lying at the feet of mighty An Teallach.
The road north leads to Achiltibuie and Coigach 20 miles away past the striking Stac Pollaidh and sweeping along the beautiful beaches of Ardmair and Achnahaird.
Drive further north to Lochinver and Assynt up to the world famous beaches of Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Oldshoremore and Sandwood Bay, passing through the North West GeoPark and the famous peaks such as Suilven, visiting Scourie, Kinlochbervie and Durness to reach the stunning north coast where you can visit Cape Wrath and John O'Groats.
Every effort is made to ensure that the details on public transport are correct and up to date, however details do change depending on weather, ferry requirements, time of year etc. Please check with the operator prior to traveling to ensure you have the correct information. A useful website for travel in Scotland is www.traveline.org.uk
Citylink Coaches operate a bus service from Inverness to Ullapool. This runs in conjunction with the ferry service so times should be checked and tickets booked in advance.
D & E coaches also operate a service from Inverness to Dingwall, through Strathpeffer to Ullapool and onwards north to Lochinver, Scourie and Durness.
Citylink operate from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Ullapool and onwards to Stornoway.
Megabus also operate links throughout the UK to Inverness and Stagecoach operates the Jet Bus Service to Inverness Airport with up to a 30 minute service between the City of Inverness and the Airport.
The Westerbus also operates from Inverness to Gairloch connecting with an Ullapool service at Braemore Junction on a Monday, Wednesday & Saturday. For more information contact 01854 612966.
Local Car/Coach Hire & Taxi services
Caledonian MacBraynes operate a ferry link between Ullapool and Stornoway. (please check sailing times as these change through the year). They also offer Island Hopping passes that mean you can drive and sail between the islands and tour the west coast. The beautiful 2 ½ hrs cruise across the Minch offer a great day out and chance to see the Summer Isles and maybe even whales and dolphins...
Many companies operate flights into Inverness (1 hour drive from Ullapool) & Stornoway (2 ½ hr ferry crossing from Ullapool). Check the web sites for details:
There are no rail links to Ullapool, the nearest station is at Garve and this is a sub-line between Inverness and Kyle. Inverness station is linked to most of the UK, and from Inverness you can use the links above to get to Ullapool or hire a car and drive. There is also a sleeper service between London and Inverness that not only means you arrive here refreshed but can save a day of your valuable holiday time by travelling over-night.
Many of the pivotal discoveries of the Victorian era that contributed to the development of the concept of plate tectonics were made in this area, and there are still regular international geological conferences.