Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U is for Ullapool

The A to Z challenge is nearing the end with only five letters to go after today - I think I'll sleep for two days straight when we finish the month of April. Today we have U and we visited the village of Ullapool on the northwest coast of the highlands.

Ullapool is 70 miles from us and is in the region of Scotland known as Wester Ross.

Ullapool is not a very big village but it does have a ferry port with sailings to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It also has fishing boats and a thriving tourist industry. In the middles of the village is this beautiful old clock that was giving to the village by Sir John Fowler in 1899. The beautiful mosaic of the fish is on a local pottery shop.

Looking along the village front from the wharf.

We visited this lovely antique shop called the White Rabbit - it had lots of really interesting things in it and we'll definitely have to visit again in the future. The yard next to that was one we passed during a walk around the town - it was the sort of yard that Ken would have love to have a rummage through.

 Ullapool sits on Lochbroom and as with so many Scottish Lochs it is simply stunning scenery.

Here's my beloved with a much younger Bramble Jelly in the Ceilidh Place which is a lovely pub/restaurant/bookshop/hotel. Dogs are allowed which is always wonderful, as we like to be able to take the little monster with us.

Ullapool has a lot of cultural events for such a small town. In early May there is a very popular book festival which is held over three days. At the end of September, over two days, is the music festival of Loopallu (that's Ullapool backwards), and in October they have a guitar festival.

There's a couple of places to buy ice cream and if it's a nice day it's a perfect place to sit and enjoy the peace of this village on the loch.

Christmas 2016 saw us returning to Ullapool to see their beautiful Christmas tree which was made out of lobster creels and had a crab on top rather than a star or an angel. It really was a fantastic site and we made sure we stayed until it got dark just so we could see it lit up.

So there you have it, the lovely village of Ullapool. Before you go, why don't you pop over to the A to Z blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with - Click Here to visit.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take time to do something for yourself this week.

Pamela & Ken


  1. It looks like a lovely little town! Very quaint but I think that adds to the atmosphere.

  2. Hi Pam - Ullapool has always called me - and now you've confirmed it ... I love seaside villages or towns - being a near-Cornish person. Loved the pottery front with its mosaic of fish, the Christmas tree - no wonder you went back to see that ... and I'd love to take the ferry sometime ... another day - cheers Hilary


  3. LOVE the Christmas Tree! Very creative!
    What happened to Ken's beard?