Ullapool has been a focal point for travellers ever since the founding of the village itself. The harbour is still used today for both fishing and as a daily ferry crossing point for Lewis and the Western Isles.
Although still relatively small, with only a population of a few thousand Ullapool is well equipped to offer the holiday maker a wide selection of activities.
Sight SeeingIn the summer there are several boat tours available where you can view the caves, inlets and islands that attract wildlife of all sorts. Boat tours can be had from the harbour in Ullapool or for the mora adventurous from Alchitibuie (17 miles away) and Summer Isles Sea Tours . As well as the common grey seals, the chance encounters with dolphins and the populous birdlife there is aways the chance to see whales, poropises and the Sea Eagles which are now fishing again in these waters. Handa island to the north is a world renowned location for migrants boat trips deperting every 15 minutes during the season.
ToursBus are also on offer for those who prefer to stay on dry land and you could be visiting the wild Flow country' of Sutherland where the National Geopark begins just a few miles to the north.
Leckmelm GardenThree miles along Loch Broom is an established arboretum and hosts many native and exotic trees from around the world.
Leisure CentreMaintain your fitness in the recently the fully equipped Ullapool Leisure Centre
FishingSea and loch fishing is available throughout the region, From mackerel fishing in the harbour, salmon fishing on Loch Assynt to the ubiquitous hill lochs with their wild brown trout. The more daring can hire a boat for the day with Creag Ard Charters.
Walking HolidaysThere are many walks, and places to explore on foot. There are numerous paths around and about Ullapool for a gentle afternoon stroll. Some offer spectacular views and the path that takes you up past Braes offers unrivalled views overlookingh the village, Loch Broom and The Summer Isles out to the West. For the more adventurous there are many nearby hills and mountains to climb. Amongst the most famous of these are Suilven, Stac Pollaidh (613m) and Cul Mhor, all just a brief car drive away.
If you enjoy art and crafts there a number of art and craft galleries in market street and they showcase a lot of local art work.
Art and CraftsArt and Craft courses and workshops are held throughout the Summer months and you could book your course online to tie in with your holiday. Two online calendars can be found at Bridge House Art (fine Art and Drawing) and Wild Tiles (mosaic, book making and textiles).
Eating OutIf you enjoy eating out Ullapool is the place for you. There are at least a dozen hotels as well as that number again of restaurants. Perhaps the most celebrated of them all is the The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, which is both a Hotel, a bar, a bookshop as well as an Arts Venue with live music in the evening.