Ullapool is a quaint and picture perfect fishing town that is located along the rocky shoreline of Lochbroom. If you want to visit the Scottish Highlands for some quality family time, or to walk along the mountain gorges and to try a spot of fishing, then Ullapool really is the perfect place in which to relax. Below we share places to go with the family, interesting walking routes and perfect fishing trips that you will enjoy.
Ullapool is a haven for those who love to go fishing. The area is one of the least spoilt in the Scottish Highlands and you have many different locations in which to fish. The area is famed for its salmon and trout fishing, and you will have the opportunity to go fly fishing or bait fishing. There are many boat and fishing tours that are available, that provide both bait and equipment, as well as professional fishing advice. You are also able to fish in many of the local Lochs, but you will need to obtain a local permit. The River Ullapool Salmon Fishing website has information on where to buy a permit.
Boat trips are available across Ullapool during the summer season. This is a fantastic way in which to view the stunning, local wildlife and to see the beauty of Ullapool from a different viewpoint. The Summer Queen is a boat that departs from the popular Ullapool pier, with boat rides available from April through to October. Trips on average last from 2 to 4 hours. More information can be found on their website.
Walking paths and routes
Ullapool has so many walking opportunities, in both the winter and summer months. You can choose to walk along the rocky shores or to investigate the many walks that wind through the various mountains in the area. Walking holidays are incredibly popular in this area of Scotland. There are also many walks located on the inland for you to enjoy. Popular areas to walk include those of Beinn Dearg, An Teallach, and Am Faochagoch.
Ullapool Hill Path
This is the most popular walk in Ullapool and the start of the path is located in the middle of the town. This short walk offers stunning views of Loch Broom and the nearby mountains. You have views of the Meall Mor which is best viewed in the autumn months because of the flowering, purple heather. The walk is well signposted just off the A835 by the school, with the sign ‘Ullapool hill path’. If you need to buy any walking gear or clothes during your stay in Ullapool, then North West Outdoors situated on West Argyle Street is a good place to shop.
Places to visit on a day out
If you are holidaying as a family, then there are plenty of natural attractions for you to visit.
The Leckmelm Shrubbery and Arboretum
This is located 3 miles from Ullapool, so is only a short drive away. The garden was first established in 1873 and today features many exotic plants due to the heavy rainfall. The gardens are open from April through to the end of October. It is free to enter, although a donation is required of £3 towards the Scottish Gardens Scheme.
Lael Forest Garden
This beautiful garden dates back to the early 19th century and is home to specialist and very rare tree collections. This exotic garden is located in breathtaking woodland with good walking opportunities. There are also many picnic areas for you to enjoy. Lael Forest Garden is located along the A835 road, about 10 miles from Ullapool. Two large car parks are located on site. The Forestry Commission Scotland website has a map of the gardens so that you can plan your visit.
Inverpolly National Nature Reserve
If you have children they will love this nature reserve. Here you can see wildcats, pine martens, buzzards and even golden eagles. You also get great views of the most famous hills in the Highlands, that of Stac Pollaidh.
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