the stonehouses Ullapool. boutique self catering holidays homes in the Higlands of Scotland

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THE STONEHOUSES - DO AS MUCH, OR AS LITTLE AS YOU PLEASE

The Ullapool and North Highland area is scenically and culturally rich. There are a variety of things to do and see and while some are seasonal there is still much to relish during the non-peak months, and famously, despite its small size, Ullapool has much to offer visitors:

 

MUSIC

Seldom a week goes by when there is not live music in the pubs and arts centres in Ullapool. Renowned Scottish musicians and up and coming national (and even international) talent make Ullapool a stop on Scottish tours. In summer season, Christmas and New Year there will be numerous live bands to enjoy every week. The Macphail Centre is a venue for annual visits by Scottish Ballet, Chamber Orchestras and theatre companies.

 

ARTS

Regular exhibitions are shown at the Ullapool Arts Centre, An Talla Solais, and Ceilidh Place and there are numerous small artist run studios to discover when out and about.

 

SHOPS

Ullapool benefits from a range of high quality shops. Necessities are catered for with a high quality butcher, local fish merchant,  a newly opened and high quality deli and a small supermarket (Tescos). A Saturday market during summer showcases local food delicacies and crafts. Two high quality bookshops and a variety of gift shops are available to browse.

 

BEACHES

Secluded and scenic, golden sand beaches within easy striking distance of Ullapool  - Gruinard Bay, Achnahaird, Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Clashnessie and many others.

 

WALKING

There are innumerable walks to be savoured around Ullapool and even from the doorstep of the Stonehouses on the Ullapool Hill Path network. Maps and guides for local walks are available for your use and reference.

 

WILDLIFE

Seals and otters are frequently sighted along the coast and more occasionally dolphins and whales. Sea, moor and forest birdlife and numerous deer are to be seen around Ullapool.

 

MOUNTAIN WALKING & CLIMBING

Adventurous walks, climbs and ascents can be enjoyed among the numerous mountain areas surrounding Ullapool. The North West Highlands is a renowned mountain area with some of the most spectacular mountains and mountain ranges on the British mainland. There are numerous Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) within easy striking distance of Ullapool but don’t miss the spectacular beauty of the lower Assynt and Coigach mountains.

 

GUIDED MOUNTAIN WALKING & CLIMBING

Qualified and experienced local guides can be pre-booked for climbing, mountaineering and walking trips: Go Further Scotland

 

SEA KAYAKING

Kayaking tours and tuition are available locally including day and half day trips:  North West Sea Kayaking

 

FISHING

Permits can be purchased for fishing on local rivers and lochs.

 

ISLAND AND BOAT EXCURSIONS (summer only)

Wildlife and scenery can be explored by taking one of a number of island tours from Ullapool (Isle Martin and Summer Isles) and  Achiltibuie (Summer Isles). The Wildlife Trust  and sea bird sanctuary Handa Island can be visited on a day trip from Ullapool.

 

TOURING AND SIGHTSEEING

Within easy reach there are various sites of specific interest, including Corrieshalloch Gorge, a suspension bridge across a deep chasm and waterfall,  Knockan Crag and the North West Highlands Geopark where you can explore the phenomenal geology of the Northwest Highlands)

 

WHISKY SAMPLING AND MAKING

The Ullapool Ceilidh Place specialises in whisky. For a more direct experience with whisky, visit Loch Ewe Distillery the smallest distillery in the UK where you can undertake a short one day master class in distilling and visit the whisky bar with over 300 different whiskies.

 

THE EAST COAST & FURTHER AFIELD

Of course our passion is for the spectacular NW Highlands,
but it should be noted that Ullapool is also convenient for exploring parts of the North East Coast and Loch Ness. Inverness is within an easy 70 minutes drive with various visitor attractions including Culloden Battle Field site and Boat trips down Loch Ness.

 

PUBLIC GARDEN

The Gulf stream keeps the North West Highlands surprisingly mild and as a result exotic plants thrive in a number of renowned gardens:

Inverewe Gardens: renowned National Trust managed gardens at Poolewe.

Lechmelm Gardens and Arboretum outside Ullapool – a smaller version of Inverewe described as a ‘hidden gem’ in guidebooks.

 

HISTORIC HIGHLANDS

Explore the history of this remote part of the world:

• Ullapool Museum and Genealogy Centre

• Gairloch Folk Museum

• Ardvreck Castle - an impressive ruin

• Iron age Hill Forts and Brochs at Dun Canna, Dun Legaidh,
  and  Clachtoll Broch

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

The North West Highlands is a paradise for the amateur and professional photographer particularly in spring, winter and autumn when the light and weather conditions create unparalleled depth and drama. Local photographers’ work can be viewed at the Ullapool Gallery Cafe.

Guided photography excursions can be organised with a local photographer Angus Bruce and photography excursions and training workshops at the Image Studio in Aultbea

 

ULLAPOOL GOLF CLUB

Ullapool has a 9 hole golf course.

 

HORSE & PONY TREKKING

Training and short and longer excursions in the North West Highlands for adults and children are available in neighbouring Gairloch. gairlochtrekkingcentre.co.uk

 

ANNUAL FESTIVALS & WORKSHOPS

Local festivals to look out for:

Ullapool Book Festival - May: An annual book festival which is growing from strength to strength

Ullapool Guitar Festival - October: An annual acoustic guitar festival

Loopalu Music Festival -  Late September: A remarkably successful music festival that has attracted major national acts such as Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons and Franz Ferdinand

Feis Ros: Traditional music and gaelic language workshops and performances at least twice a year

• Changing Scotland: A thrice a year event organised by the Ullapool Ceilidh Place which brings national and even international speakers together to present and discuss current affairs, arts and history.

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