For many people visiting the Scottish Highlands they will have visited Ullapool as this is the main town in the north west of Scotland, Ullapool is also the ferry port for several islands in the Outer Hebrides with ferries going from Ullapool to Stornoway. The town has a busy tourism season with the hotels, hostel, bed and breakfast and popular caravan and campsite very busy during June to September. During this time it is advisable to book in advance to make sure you get suitable accommodation.
The surrounding area has several small villages and hamlets (small groups of houses spread along the coastline) and you will find self-catering cottages that are pet friendly for longer stays, and holidays. Ullapool is an ideal location for self-catering holidays and exploring the Highlands of Scotland around Wester Ross and Sutherland to the north.
With outstanding views of the Summer Isles, Locholly Lodge has its own sauna, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Sleeping 8 persons this property us also pet friendly as up to 3 dogs are welcome at this self-catering cottage, under an hour’s drive from Ullapool. The area is know for wildlife, dolphins and whales can be seen nearby. The area is rich in birdlife.
Locholly Lodge is a luxurious, detached cottage offering an exceptional standard of accommodation in a superb setting. You are close to beautiful beaches and the wonderful Achmelvich beach is around an hours drive through beautiful scenery, while the sandy beach at Achnahaird is just a few minutes’ drive away. You can explore the far north highland villages including Lochinver while staying at the lodge. Achiltibuie is a lovely location where you can experience some of the best sunsets in Scotland. At night when conditions are correct you may see the Northern Lights and the Milky Way.
Windy Hill Cottage is a detached architect-designed cottage standing in its own delightful grounds, complete with a hot tub and enjoying superb views across to the Summer Isles. The main living area is situated on the first floor, with a feature wood burner in the lounge area, a large farmhouse-style dining table and a well-equipped family kitchen.
Sleeps up to 7 persons, 3 bedrooms, 3 dogs welcome.
Tigh Na Mara is a spacious, well-appointed family house sitting in a prime lochside location in the crofting township of Reiff where sheep roam freely and have the right of way. Set on the magnificent Coigach Peninsula in the north west Highlands of Scotland, on a Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve, this setting is ideal for nature lovers and is part of the North West Highlands Geopark.
Sleeps 8 persons, 4 bedrooms, 2 dogs welcome.
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Ullapool is also on the North Coast 500 route and many people stop off for a few hours to stock up for travelling around the far north of Scotland. Ullapool and the outstanding areas of natural scenery nearby are well worth spending longer to explore, to visit the beautiful beaches, explore and photograph the wilderness areas and to see the wildlife that thrive throughout this area.
In Ullapool during the summer months you will find people enjoying the highland flavour of many of the shops, the excellent restaurants, cafés and brilliant fish and chips (to eat out on the harbour area) as well as several ethnic restaurants. If you stay in the town you can also join in a Ceilidh that are often put on during the summer months.
Artists love Ullapool as the harbour always has a range of traditional fishing boats either busy unloading their catch or tied up waiting for the next period out fishing. The town is also very photogenic and will keep aspiring and professional artist busy for hours capturing the highland scenes.
Trips leave from Ullapool to explore the nearby Summer Islands and these trips are very popular, so booking is advisable. You may see dolphins, the occasional whale, and other wildlife. You will always experience an adventure and wonderful scenery on these trips.
Seascape Expeditions in Ullapool - website and e-mail address - www.sea-scape.co.uk
Ullapool is surrounded by many mountainous areas that are recognised for hillwalking in Scotland. You can easily spend several weeks bagging the munros within an easy drive from Ullapool. There is also many areas where you can hill walk without climbing a mountain, to enjoy the unspoilt natural scenery, to watch for Golden Eagles or just to get away from it all.
Sea fishing, loch and river fishing is in abundance around Ullapool and permits for trout and salmon can be found for most rivers and lochs. Just remember to bring your barbecue to cook all the fish you will catch.
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