Ullapool, Scotland

Introduction to Ullapool, Scotland

Founded by the British Fisheries Society in 1788, Ullapool sits on the edge of Lochbroom and is perfectly placed for trips into Ross-shire and the Scottish Highlands.

It has become an important holiday centre in recent years, with fishing in the sea and the loch, as well as deer stalking, golf and boat hire all on offer. The award-winning Ullapool Museum is in a former church, a Grade A building designed by Thomas Telford. It was built in 1829 following a parliamentary initiative to provide places of worship throughout the Highlands: hence it was called a “Parliamentary Church” before it closed.

The town clock is claimed to be the most photographed in Scotland: cast iron, each four pediment faces decorated with crowns and an urn on top carrying a weathervane. Just outside Ullapool is Rhue, a four-acre Bronze-Age settlement, with the remains of round houses and barns.
 

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BRITAIN'S HIGHEST WATERFALL - GLENCOUL BOAT TRIP - TOUR D

  • Admire the breathtaking Scottish scenery from a different perspective
  • Discover Britain’s highest waterfall – Eas a’ Chual Aluinn
Boat Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Travel through the stunning landscape of Scotland’s first Geopark, before joining a small boat at Kylesku and cruising along the breathtaking shores to Britain’s highest waterfall!

Leaving the port, you travel through some of the most spectacular landscapes Scotland has to offer, including the 2000 km2 area of North West Sutherland and Wester Ross which was awarded European Geopark status in October 2004 for containing some of the finest mountain and coastal landscapes in Britain, as well as a wealth of geological interest.

En route enjoy views of the stunning peaks of the Torridon range, the oldest sedimentary rocks in the British Isles, with their distinct character and imposing presence.

Next, drive along the shores of Loch Assynt, home to the haunting ruins of Ardvreck Castle. At Kylesku, you will board a small fishing boat for a journey along the picturesque Loch Glencoul. Sail past beautiful little islands with colonies of seals basking on the shores before journeying into the slightly smaller Loch Beag. From here you will have fantastic views of Britain’s highest waterfall Eas a’Chual Aluinn, with an impressive height of 650 metres. Throughout the cruise you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of local wildlife, including Red and Roe deer and many bird species.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that whilst this tour involves minimal walking, guests must be able to board the small fishing boat independently. Unfortunately the boat is unable to accommodate wheelchairs. We suggest guests dress according to the weather conditions on the day. We cannot guarantee what wildlife may be sighted.


Gruinard Bay, Scotland

GRUINARD BAY & MEASACH FALLS - TOUR B

  • Admire Measach Falls – one of Scotland’s finest waterfalls!
  • Appreciate the typical North West Highland Landscapes from the comfort of your coach
  • Enjoy time at leisure on the unspoilt beaches of Gruinard Bay
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Highlands and, admire the dramatic waterfall at Corrieshalloch Gorge and the beach of Gruinard Bay.

The indented coastline of this part of Wester Ross was carved out under extreme pressure by the glaciers, up to a kilometre thick, which flowed from the inland mountains around 10,000 years ago. The resulting intense combination of towering mountains, jagged cliffs, and stunning sea views are marvellous to behold (and photograph!).

Leaving the pretty town of Ullapool, with its white washed houses, travel by coach to the Measach Falls in the Corrieshalloch Gorge. A National Nature Reserve, the gorge offers a great chance to view one of Scotland’s finest waterfalls. Formed about 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, the mile long gorge ends with the Falls of Measach which plunge almost 200 feet down into a dark chasm.  A steep 30 minute walk takes you to the stunning waterfalls, which you can view from a viewing platform or – if you dare – from a small Victorian suspension bridge soaring high above the bottom of the gorge.

Next continue onwards through Dundonnell Forest passing typical North West Highland scenery. The landscape can often appear harsh and unforgiving, so it is perhaps surprising how many traces there are here of earlier civilisations. People lived along the coast more than 3,000 years ago when the mountains were covered with a dense forest that was home to bears, wolves and wild boar. 

Your tour skirts Little Loch Broom and on to the unspoilt beaches of Gruinard Bay, where you will have a short stop. Leaving Gruinard Bay, continue to the Dundonnell Hotel for a light refreshment stop before returning to Ullapool along the scenic coastal road.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is predominantly a scenic coach tour, with some optional walking at the Gorge and Beach. For those guests wishing to walk at the Gorge and visit the Falls, there is approximately one and a quarter miles of walking over steep, gravelled and muddy paths. Guests can stay on the coach, but only part of the Gorge will be seen and the Falls will not be visible from the coach park. Walking at Gruinard Bay is during time at leisure so the amount of walking undertaken is at the guests’ own discretion. The sites visited are not suitable for wheelchair users, but guests may remain on the coach at stops if they prefer. All participants should be able to board and disembark the coach unaided. Please note that there are no toilet facilities at the sites visited. 


Inverewe Gardens, Scotland

INVEREWE GARDENS & COLLIESHALLOCH GORGE - TOUR A

  • Admire the inspiring views as you travel through the dramatic Scottish landscape
  • Discover the beautiful Inverewe Gardens; a haven for plant lovers
  • Make a photo stop at the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge
Gardening Tour
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Travel around some of Scotland’s most rugged and unspoilt landscapes as you enjoy visits to one of the most impressive and enchanting gardens in Europe.

Leaving the pretty town of Ullapool, travel south to to Inverewe Gardens, stopping en route for a photo opportunity at the Corrieshalloch Gorge, a spectacular mile-long gorge and one of the finest examples in Britain of a box canyon.

Next you arrive at Poolewe, a little village on the sheltered south side of Loch Ewe and the setting for the well known Inverewe Gardens. This mecca for garden lovers is a haven for plants, thanks to the special temperate climate supplied by the Gulf Stream. The climate can accommodate a vast array of flora from all over the world. The verdant oasis of colourful flower collections form a vivid contrast to the wild, heathery crags of the adjoining coast. The gardens were the brainchild of Osgood Mackenzie, who inherited the surrounding 12,000 acre estate from his grandfather. Palm trees and other subtropical plants flourish in the mild climate. After a guided walking tour, you will have time at leisure to wander and enjoy the gardens at your own pace.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility due to the amount of walking undertaken, which will be over some steep and uneven paths. 70 per cent of the gardens are wheelchair accessible, however we request that guests are accompanied by as the guide cannot take responsibility for them during the tour. Please take care as there are also tree roots across some paths. You will spend approximately one and a half hours at the garden. There will be toilet facilities at the Garden. There is a gift shop and restaurant. Please be aware that flowers may not be in bloom during your visit. 


Knockan Crag, Scotland

KNOCKAN CRAG - TOUR C

  • Marvel at the impressive Knockan Cliffs
  • Discover the astounding views of Cansip, Stac Pollaidh and Suilven; three mountains that rise majestically from the surrounding coastlands
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Journey into the heart of Assynt - an area of the Scottish Highlands famous for its soaring mountains and stunning scenery.

Departing Ullapool, you travel north across the undulating coastal scenery so typical of the area. Quickly you loose yourselves in stunning Scottish Highland scenery as you descend down to the peninsula itself. Ahead looms the impressive bulk of Stac Pollaidh - one of Scotland’s most distinctive mountains, standing aloof and proud over the surrounding coastal lowlands. At Knockan, stop at the Visitor Centre before embarking on a short circular walk along Knockan Crag accompanied by an expert in the area’s geology. Recently renewed with a large range of interpretation explaining the geology and landscape of the area, the views from the cliff top path northward over the Coigach peninsula and its mountains are absolutely stunning. For the less energetic, the “Quarry Trail” allows a return before a short climb that rises to the thrust. There will also be plenty of time for independent exploration on any of the trails found here.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users – due to the amount of walking undertaken, some of which will be over some steep and uneven paths and rocky steps will be encountered. You will be walking for approximately one hour and will cover approximately one mile. The walking is not suitable for children under five years of age. The top of the Crag is exposed - please wear layers which can be added to or removed as required, and bring a waterproof jacket. 


Ben More Assynt, Scotland

TOUR E - SCENIC ASSYNT

  • Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery
  • Admire the looming Ben More Assynt during a photo opportunities
  • Enjoy some time at leisure in the charming fishing village of Lochinver

 

Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Take a scenic drive north from Ullapool through the dramatic and beautiful mountain scenery of the North West of Scotland Geopark. You can see the imposing Mountain Ben More Assynt and the ancient ruins of Ardvreck Castle, where you have a short photo opportunity. The three storey tower was built by the MacLeods of Assynt in two phases around 1500 and 1590. In 1650, James Graham, Marquis of Montrose was imprisoned in the Castle after his defeat at the Battle of Carbisdale. He was handed over to the Covenanters who took him to Edinburgh where he was hanged.

Set amongst the spectacular scenery of Assynt, you reach Lochinver, a busy little fishing port with an active fish market. The Visitor Centre houses a display on the history, geology and wildlife of the area. There is a pottery barn with a craft shop and a range of other local retailers. After a stop to the Visitor Centre and some time at leisure to explore Lochinver you return to Ullapool through the beautiful countryside.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is predominantly a scenic coach tour, with the amount of walking undertaken in Lovhinver at the guests own discretion. All guest should be able to board and disembark the coach unaided.


TOUR ULL/EXC - CASTLE LEOD

  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of Castle Leod by The Earl of Cromartie
  • Learn about a traditional Scottish Clan

 

Price£150.00-£160.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Castle Leod is the home to the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, the Earl of Cromartie, whose family have lived there for 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland still to be occupied by the original family and today remains very much a family home.

Occupying a magnificent setting below Ben Wyvis and just outside the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer, Castle Leod's parkland boasts some of the finest trees in Scotland, the star attractions being the largest tree in the UK, a Wellingtonia, and a Spanish chestnut which was planted on behalf of Mary of Guise in 1550, the earliest known planting date of any tree in Britain.

The Earl of Cromartie himself will personally welcome you to his ancestral home and conduct your private tour today. Enjoy the lived-in atmosphere and the fascinating history of the castle as well as the collection of fine portraits, maps, furniture and the Mackenzie Room situated in the old kitchen. On your tour enjoy a dram of a delicious 12 year old Dalmore Malt Whisky or a soft drink of your choice.

The principal part of Castle Leod, the 17th century castle itself, retains the distinct, homely charm and historical ambience that one would expect of the seat of such an important Scottish clan. The rooms, some wood-panelled, boast many Mackenzie portraits from past centuries as well as antique furnishings and some fascinating, large-scale antique maps; other antique artefacts and many original fittings are to be found around the castle.

After this fascinating visit, re-join your coach for your return journey back to Ullapool.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved on this tour with many flights of stairs to encounter at the castle. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited walking or in wheelchair users. The tour of the castle will last approximately two hours. Please note that photography is not permitted inside the Castle.

 


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