When you want a family holiday in the UK, Scotland is an ideal choice. With plenty of attractions, activities and outdoor adventures, it’s not surprising that Scotland is one of the most popular summer holiday staycations. Even if you’re on a budget, this is a holiday that won’t disappoint. One of the most enchanting places to visit with the family in Scotland is Ullapool. You’ll find plenty of places to stay with self-catering options so you aren’t tied down to a schedule and they’re even pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home. Here are six activities you and your family can enjoy in Ullapool.
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve
This is a hike you don’t want to miss out on. Take your time walking around the nature reserve to experience all it has to offer. The views are breathtaking and you’ll get them from every angle. The visitor’s centre is very informative, so it’s worth stopping by before heading off on your journey to get the most up-to-date information. However, you should be aware that parts of the reserve are very steep and difficult to walk through for young children or elderly visitors.
This isn’t for the faint of heart. The gorge and forest walk is one of the most beautiful in the area. Green trees, fresh air and flowing water all around. But, the drop into the gorge is significantly high so it isn’t a place for anyone afraid of heights. If you don’t mind looking down at a beautiful view, this is an afternoon well spent. The forest trail is an excellent walk if you have your furry companions with you and you may even find some great spots for a picnic if you’re out during the spring and summer months.
The Bone Caves
As intriguing as the name suggests, this walk offers everything a family needs to entertain themselves for an afternoon. You’ll find easy parking if you want to drive to the attraction and the walk comes around a complete circle to get you back to where you started. First, you’ll come across a beautiful waterfall – you can even take a dip depending on the time of year you visit and the water levels. Second, you’ll come to the wonderful bone caves, full of mystery and perfect for young one’s imaginations. It’s a fairly easy walk for younger families, but be sure to wear suitable footwear with plenty of grip.
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
What a beautiful view! Whether you’re looking at the mountain from a distance or you’re sat on top of it looking out at the views surrounding, you’re bound to be mesmerised. This is a hikers dream because it provides the perfect combination of intermediate walks, crisp and fresh air and it’s safe for pets to come along too. There’s easy access to the footpaths of the mountain and it doesn’t take too long to get to the top.
Ullapool offers a fantastic opportunity to see some stunning wildlife while you’re on holiday. From the porpoise and seals in the sea to the birds in the air, you’ll always be pleasantly surprised by what you find. No matter what time of year you decide to attend, cruising along in these boats will always mean you get to take the perfect family pictures as a souvenir of your trip. It’s always best to book in early on these cruises, just in case you miss out because of peak times. Take a look at more info and how to book here.
When visiting Ullapool, you can’t miss out on the Ullapool Museum. If you want to find out more about the area and its history, this is the best place to go. You’ll find that the staff are very helpful and can answer any of your questions about the local area. One of the best features of the Museum is the film that can be shown to families on the first floor. It’s perfect for younger children, who may get bored by some of the other aspects inside.
Whatever you choose to do, you can be sure you won’t run out of ideas when visiting Ullapool!