Ullapool is the main ferry port linking mainland Scotland with the western isles and offers a regular service (weather permitting) to Stornoway and the Hebrides.
Up to date ferry information can be found at www.calmac.co.uk the official Caledonian MacBrayne website.
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Ullapool was developed as a fishing harbour during the late 18th century, but the area has been settled since neolithic times. Ullapool is a community in which tourism plays an important part, but by no means an overwhelming one. The village is the ideal base for those who wish to explore the real Highlands of Scotland. Ullapool is only a one hour drive north-west from Inverness, but is in the centre of an area described as one of the last wildernesses and unspoiled environments in Europe. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, unsurpassed anywhere in Britain.
The village is well placed for day trips to, for example, fabulous pure white sand beaches such as Achnahaird, Oldshoremore, Balnakeil and remote Sandwood Bay, or visit the magnificent gardens at Inverewe or, perhaps, make the short ferry crossing to see the thousands of nesting birds on Handa Island.
The village hall plays host to many concerts and events, and visiting music, dance and theatre companies perform at the Macphail Centre theatre and other venues. Most of the local bars and hotels regularly stage live music from traditional Scottish to contemporary. Every few weeks the Screen Machine, a travelling cinema, offers a regular screening of film releases.
The Ullapool News published every Friday, includes a comprehensive listing of walks, talks and entertainment throughout the area.
The Screen Machine mobile cinema is a unique feature in the United Kingdom. Consisting of an articulated unit of which the trailer expands and unfolds to provide a 101 seat self-contained cinema. The Screen Machine provides conventional up-to-date 35mm screenings of recent movies, with full digital surround sound, air conditioning, comfortable raked seating, and full disabled access. It can also provide video projection and conference facilities. Please see Hi-arts website for more details and showings.
The Ceilidh Place hosts lots of live music events throughout the year (tel: 01854 612103).
Every Thursday from mid June - mid September, you can enjoy a display of pipes, drums and Highland Dancing at the Pier Head car park.
Also during the summer, a market is held on Saturdays with stalls selling food, crafts, pictures, etc.
For more information see the Events Guide on this site..
The pier is geographically at the centre of the village: here, the local fleet's traditional fishing boats, and others from more distant ports, land their catches of prawns, lobsters and scallops as well as fish. Ferries sail daily to and from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. The crossing to Orkney takes about three hours; timings allow a day trip to the Outer Isles.
Ullapool has everything you could wish for. There is an excellent butcher/fishmonger, a smokehouse, two supermarkets, a home-made chocolates shop, banks, a post office, garages, a chemist, newsagent, bookshops, a computer store, library and a hardware store plus a number of gift, knitwear and outdoor clothing and sports gear shops.
Every Saturday the open air market sells fresh fruit, local vegetables and baking plus locally smoked and freshly caught fish as well as knitwear and various other craftworks.
For further Ullapool Shopping information visit www.virtualtourist.com/Ullapool.htm"
The village boasts a variety of lively cafes, restaurants and bars – many along the seafront – where menus include locally caught seafood, highland beef and venison and award-winning fish and chips.
For more information visit this Restaurant Guide for Ullapool www.restaurant-guide.com
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The area is of great geological interest and has recently been awarded Geo Park Status. Knockan Crag Visitor centre, at the southern end of the Northwest Geopark, tells the history of the rocks and is only a 20 minute drive away.
Ullapool has its very own weekly newspaper which comes out every Friday - The Ullapool News This is a very useful source of information as it comes with an event diary for the forthcoming year along with local restaurant menus, boat sailings and timetables and much else besides.
Ullapool Guitar Festival
The annual - Ullapool Guitar Festival is internationally acclaimed and offers both local and internationally renowned musicians. This event is usually held in October.
Ullapool Book Festival
The annual - Ullapool Book Festival is an intimate and welcoming literary festival on the shores of Loch Broom.
Ullapool Village Hall
Ullapool Village Hall is located at the centre of the town and is an ideal venue for Weddings & Receptions;
Drama & Performing Arts;
Conferences & Meetings;
Ceilidhs & Parties;
Music & Gigs.
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The Summer Queen
Sailing from Ullapool, the Summer Queen offers visitors the opportunity to visit the famous Summer Isles.
You have the choice of 2, 3 and 4 hour cruises to take in the beauty of Loch Broom and the Summer Isles, encounter local seabirds, seals and even land on Tanera Mor - the last inhabited islend of the Summer Isles.
Creag Ard Charters offers a 38 foot boat available for charter all year round, cruising at 18 knots it is licensed for 12 persons. Operating out of Camusnagaul, near Dundonnell it can also pick-up from Ullapool harbour. They specialise in scuba diving trips to the many famous wreck, underwater caves and fantastic wall dives that are found around the Summer Isles, Loch Broom and Gruinard area.