Ullapool and Loch Broom from Braes
Shore Street, Ullapool

Ullapool is a small village on the shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands of Scotland, about an hour north of Inverness on the A835.

Get in

By bus

Buses from Inverness, operated by Citylink Return from Inverness costs about £12. They all arrive at and leave from the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal.

Stagecoach run a bus from Inverness once per day Mon-Fri and from Lochinver on school days only.

By ferry

Ullapool is served by two ferries most days from Stornoway on Lewis, taking about 2.5 hours.

Get around

Ullapool is a small town and can be easily viewed on foot.


The main attraction of Ullapool is the beautiful situation it is in beside the loch and surrounded by typical west Highland scenery. The town itself is pretty and can be wandered around in half and hour or so. Most people also end up walking over to the pretty but still functioning harbour, down to the loch or up the hill behind the town that, for very little effort, provides a wonderful view over the town and over to the Summer Isles.


Ullapool is a great base for walkers and Munro-baggers - see Ullapool walks for details of many routes.

There are cruises to the nearby Summer Isles in the boat 'The Summer Queen' and, for the more adventurous, on a speedboat (a RIB).

Festivals and events

Ullapool is one of the most 'happening' places in the highlands with frequent live concerts and events. Much of the best musical talents of the highlands make Ullapool a regular venue with concerts in the Ceilidh Place, Seaforth and Macphail Centre (a theatre attached to the newly built secondary school). There are also a number of annual festivals:


Ulapool has a number of shops and two banks (Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland).

For the essentials

For the mind

Two great bookshops with a wide variety of books but specialising in Scottish books:

For the spirit

There are a number of arts and crafts shops in Ullapool.


Two very good fish and chip shops are situated just over the road from the ferry terminal. They both claim to be award winning so take your pick. Most of the pubs serve food and there are a small number of restaurants, including an Indian.


The Arch Inn on the harbour front offers a nice atmosphere and live bands.


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