Ullapool, Local Area & Activities
Where do you start with so much to explore in such a beautiful part of the world?
We provide each cottage with a guide book, which tells you were to visit locally and how to get there.
There’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re into walking, cycling, mountaineering, driving, fishing, cruises, bird spotting, nature servers and visiting historical buildings, architecture and museum visits. There’s even a leisure centre nearby.
The town of Ullapool is a prime tourist destination and only 7 miles away from Inverlael Farm. Ullapool hosts many events, music bars, restaurants and shops.
Tesco supermarket is open until 10pm with click and collection available. There’s a post office and pharmacy in town too.
If you like shopping, you’ll find hardware stores, fishing and climbing gear as well as outdoor boots and clothes.
Dining in Ullapool is plentiful, offering everything from casual fish and chips, to a number of restaurants, seafood restaurants and bistros at a range of price levels, to tea shops and delicatessens.
Need a taxi? There’s a couple of taxi firms for the short drive back to Inverlael.
Fans of Outlander will be delighted to learn that we plan to offer historical tours of the Loch in our privately owned speed boat. Tours will include a commentary of the rather ancient and colourful history of the Loch and are a real treat and learning curve for many.
Shearwater Cruises sail from Ullapool Harbour just 5 miles from Inverlael Farm. Regular cruises run from April to September over to Summer Isles where porpoises, sea eagles and seals are often spotted during the sail.
A short steep walk takes you down to Corrieshalloch Gorge which is a mile-long canyon and waterfall. At the bottom of the trail you will reach a Victorian suspension bridge which takes you across the gorge to the viewing platform where the water surges many meters below. The woodland walk has good paths and great views out towards Loch Broom. The suspension bridge was built by John Fowler, the pioneering engineer responsible for the world’s first underground railway and joint chief engineer on the iconic Forth Railway Bridge. Due to its extraordinary natural features, Corrieshalloch Gorge is a National Nature Reserve.
A favourite walking trail within the North West Highlands Geopark. It’s often described as the Jewel in the crown of the Geopark. The visitor’s center has extensive information boards on out how the mountains were formed and Geologists travel from all over the world to visit. The trail has some wonderful stone sculptures and many great spots to have a picnic where you can relax and breath in the fresh air while admiring the wonderful views.
Just 45 minutes north of Loch Broom is Achmelvic Bay, one of the most beautiful secluded beaches in Scotland.
The bay offers opportunities for great walks with abundant wildlife to see and some fantastic places nearby to eat or take a picnic! The last 3 miles of the road is single track but parking is available.
One not to miss.
Achmelvic Bay photo credit to Maggie Harrison
Scotland has some of the best Scotch to offer and there are no shortage of distilleries near Inverness.
Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet, and Glenmorangie may be the most famous, but Glen Ord is one of the oldest in Scotland and can be reached 40 minutes to sample their perfect Singleton Scotch. This 5 star visitor attraction is open all year round and their unique fermentation boxes are made entirely of wood and pressed together creating a perfect seal without any nails or bolts. Now that’s something you don’t see very often ! Visit maltwhiskytrail.com
North Coast 500 Route (NC500)
Scotland’s most popular and scenic coastal drive around the Highlands of Scotland.
If you’re travelling the 500 mile long route, starting at Inverness Castle, head up the north west coastline towards Ullapool and stop by Inverlael Farm Cottages for a restful stay, before continuing your journey towards Durness and across the rugged coastline to John Groats and Dornoch before returning back down to Inverness.