Ullapool is on the coast of the North West Highlands of Scotland. Settlements dating back to the Picts and Vikings surround the village, though the village as it is today was established as a fishing station in the 1700's and there is still a considerable influence from the sea, both the local fishing fleet and many visiting boats from the E.U. and as far a field as Africa and Russia. You can watch many of these boats unloading their catches at the pier..

Ullapool in the Highlands

Ullapool, the north west Highlands of Scotland

Ullapools' location offers visitors a fabulous base to tour the Highlands. We are 60 miles North of Inverness where there is rail and air links to all of the UK. The ferry terminal at Ullapool harbour runs a daily service to the Isle of Lewis (in the summer this can be 2 or 3 times a day). Routes south of Ullapool pass through Gairloch and Poolewe to Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to Skye. North takes travellers through Lochinver and offers a choice of routes to the Northern coast and John O' Groats through locations such as Kylesku and Dornoch.

Ullapool Harbour and boats

Ullapool, things to do and see

There is a choice of activities for all tastes in and around Ullapool. The surrounding countryside offers limitless walking and climbing and local companies can arrange climbs for those needing assistance. There is also a lot of fishing available, in fresh water lochs, some rivers and the sea. We can advise you where to get your permits if you wish to try this.

There is a choice of cruises running from Ullapool harbour that take trips to Lochbroom and the Summer Islands encountering seals, porpoise, dolphin, whales and sea eagles. The Summer Queen even lands on Tanera Mhor, where the last independent Post Office in the UK still makes its own stamps.

There are numerous local pubs and restaurants offering the chance to sample the local produce some of which is landed at the harbour the evening it is served! Many of the bars have live music in the evenings ranging from contemporary to traditional folk.

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Walk, climb, explore

We are surrounded by some of the least spoilt landscapes and nature in Europe. Driving along the coast and between the villages takes in stunning scenery and views.

Corrieshalloch, Scotland's 2nd highest waterfall is just south of us and north of us has been designated a International Geopark in recognition of the important geology of the land.

Be it a lesurely walk, strenuous climb, or simply stopping and appreciating the peace and silence, you will find it all around Ullapool and the area.


Travel Tips

  • EasyJet - flights from throughout the UK to Inverness
  • BA - flights from Gatwick to Inverness
  • Inverness Airport
  • National Rail - links from throughout the UK to Inverness
  • Hertz Car Hire, Inverness
  • AVIS Car Hire, Inverness
  • CityLink - bus links between Inverness and Ullapool
  • Stagecoach - Inverness to Ullapool
  • DE Coaches - Inverness to Durness (through Ullapool and take bikes in summer)
  • CalMac - ferry service to Lewis and the Hebrides

Local Attractions