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ULLAPOOL SCOTLAND…THE HIGHLANDS

The Village of Ullapool

Ullapool Scotland is our destination today! From the whitewashed cottages along the harbor to the special views of the loch and its flanking hills, Ullapool has a very distinctive appeal. It’s port #7 on the Emerald Isles cruise on Viking Sky.

Ullapool Scotland

What a treasure of a village! With around 1500 inhabitants, this hidden gem in the Scottish Highlands is the largest settlement for many miles around, an important port and a sweet tourist destination.

The North Atlantic Drift passes Ullapool, moderating the temperature. A few New Zealand cabbage trees are grown in the town and are often mistaken for palms. Founded in 1788, the port, which is at the edge of town, was originally intended for use as a herring port. A recent visitor describes it by saying “Ullapool looks like a drawing from a 50’s children’s book, lovely.”

Ullapool Scotland - An Talla Solais

An Talla Solais in Ullapool

Hub for Music and Arts

Ullapool has a strong reputation as a center for music, the arts and performance. The village has a small museum housed in a Telford Church, An Talla Solais, an arts center with frequently changing exhibitions and workshops, and several pubs and restaurants. It is a center for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts situated in a spectacular and remote part of the United Kingdom.

There is a great choice of varied walks in the area including mountains, rocky coasts and long inland footpaths with a good portion of the finest summits in the north west Highlands too. An Teallach is a massive mountain which dominates the area and consists of Torridonian sandstone, which is layered nearly horizontally. It is an easy climb but is several miles from the nearest road, so a long trek is needed before the climb begins. The walker will be rewarded with the breathtaking views of the surroundings, especially to the sea and the islands to the west, but also to the south, and the desolate Whitbread wilderness.

Ullapool and Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh

To the west of Ullapool is the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to pine martens, wildcats, buzzards and golden eagles as well as the unique shape of Stac Pollaidh, one of the most photographed hills in the area.

South from Ullapool are attractions such as Leckmelm Shrubbery and Arboretum, Lael Forest Garden, and the dizzying depths of Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. Along the Road to Poolewe are great views out to sea over golden beaches and green, rocky islands, and famous Inverewe Garden overlooking Loch Ewe.

Ullapool Scotland offers a row of whitewashed cottages arrayed along the harbor and special views of the loch and its flanking hills, the town has a very distinctive appeal. The harbor served as an emigration point during the Clearances, with thousands of Scots watching Ullapool recede behind as they began a journey to a new continent. Within the village, there are several shops and boutiques, cafes and pubs. The people of Ullapool are welcome and friendly. The shops offer a variety of local, hand-made items such as pottery and soaps.

For those wanting to know more about the area the excellent Ullapool Museum & Visitor Centre on West Argyle Street can be highly recommended. Within this old parish church you can learn the story of the people of Loch Broom and the history of Ullapool.

Enjoy the beauty of this port village.  If you’re cruising on Viking Sky with me come and share what cool places you found today!

Hasta la bye bye!

Q

Dee Serkin is a travel writer who specializes in destinations, culture, travel tips and advice. She is dedicated to inspiring travel in all and loves to share her adventures with others. Contact her at Deny[email protected] or visit her site at https://travelovers.us

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