For such a small village Ullapool, with its population of around 1500, punches above its weight when it comes to culture. It has a strong reputation as a centre for music, the arts and performance. A few festivals are held throughout the year including the famous music festival, Loopallu in September. Others include various small feisean (traditional Gaelic arts and culture festivals) throughout the year, the Festival of Dance in Spring, Book Festival in May and in October both the Guitar Festival and the Beer Festival. The MacPhail Centre and Ceilidh Place regularly have performing acts and the Ullapool Museum gives a great account of the history of the area. There is also the An Talla Solais art centre with frequently changing exibitions and workshops.
Ullapool is also well renouned as a centre for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and is situated in a spectacular and remote part of the United Kingdom. It is described as the top geological hotspot in Scotland, and many of the pivotal discoveries of the Victorian era that contributed to the development of the concept of plate tectonics were made in this area, and there are still regular international geological conferences.
The ferry terminal in Ullapool acts as a gateway to the Outer Hebrides islands and along with the outstanding landscape and interest the area provides, this makes it a very popular destination for holidaymakers from all around the globe.
There are some great walks from Ullapool. The Ullapool hill is a small well tracked hill and commands terrific views and a great place to watch the sunset into the sea. Afterwards why not enjoy on of Ullapools famous fish’n’chips or highly recommended is the Seafood Shack (see eating out for more info).
Ullapool also has two great bookshops and a number of shops including a Tesco.
A quick 9 or 18 holes anybody?…
Opened in 1997 this picturesque course is situated on the shores of Loch Broom and offers a variety of parkland and coastal holes. Partially sighted on the grounds of an old private golf course dating from the early 1900s, it includes the signature second hole where an elevated tee leads to the site of the original 2nd green. The course has 9 holes with alternative tees for the second nine and offers a challenging and interesting par 70 for men and 72 for ladies.
The course is surrounded by spectacular scenery with stunning views over Loch Broom to the Summer Isles, with majestic views of surrounding hills and mountains. The busy and picturesque village of Ullapool is the port for the Stornoway ferry that sails across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. This can sometimes be seen from the lochside holes, with fishing vessels, cruise ships, yachts and other water crafts. A golfer with a keen eye may also see other local inhabitants of the loch such as otters, dolphins, and seals.
The course is open all year, the facility offers a practice area as well as club and trolley hire for visitors. Catering is provided only for open competitions, club events and by arrangement for group bookings. Fees can be paid at the clubhouse if open, or in the honesty box. Advanced booking is not normally necessary but is recommended at weekends.
Ullapool is a walk-on course, no pre-set tee times. Exceptions are during competitions and/or special functions. Group functions must be pre-booked.
See http://www.ullapoolgolfclub.co.uk/visitors for more details.
Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool
If the sea is just too cold…..
You will find Lochbroom Leisure Centre and Swimming pool in Ullapool.
The centre has great facilities with swimming pool, sauna, gym, games hall and now a new climbing wall.
More information can be found at Lochbroom leisure Centre