Most communities whether big or small have traditionally enjoyed a winter light display, but for whatever reason the small North West Highland fishing village of Ullapool has missed out, until this year.
We are delighted to announce that funding from Awards For All (Scotland) and a generous donation from Ullapool Harbour Trust alongside the funds raised by the group within the local community has enabled us to put together the first ever Winter Lights display will illuminate Ullapool. The display is centred on a maritime theme with everything from yachts, dinghies and fishing boats lit around the harbour; a 24ft real Christmas tree towers over the harbour entrance. The crowning glory undoubtedly is the Creel tree standing at well over 16ft and constructed almost entirely of creels normally used for catching prawns or crabs.
To mark an occasion such as this, a celebrity was required for the switch on, and no one or nothing is more famous and recognised locally than CalMac’s MV Loch Seaforth ferry whose horns were ready for the task.
“We’re more than delighted to be asked to be part of Ullapool’s special lights switch-on,” said MV Loch Seaforth Master John Gillies. “We really feel part of Ullapool community – everyone was so supportive when we brought the Seaforth into service and have continued to play an important part – and we were absolutely honoured to be asked.”
“The organisers have put in a huge amount of work and we will be ready to play our part. I’m sure it will be a fantastic evening. Hooter at the ready!”
The lights will remain on throughout December and over the New Year, and we hope it will encourage visitors to the village at what is usually a quieter time of year. Collection boxes are placed around the village, and any donations received will enable us to fund the growth of the display each year.
The organising committee would like to extend a very special thank you to those individuals who have given up so much of their time to make this event happen.
‘The Harbour Trustees are committed to supporting the community and where delighted to lend their support to such a worthy cause’ Kevin Peach, Ullapool Harbourmaster
Photo Credit - Steven Gourlay Photography
On the east shore of Loch Broom, Ullapool was founded in 1788 as a herring port by the British Fisheries Society. It was designed by David Aitken who was advised by Thomas Telford.