Ullapool and Gairloch
From Tongue, we travelled down the west coast to Gairloch via Ullapool. We’d stayed in the latter several times before both at the Ceilidh Place (above left) and the Ferry Boat Inn (above right). The town was founded by the British Fisheries Society at the height of the herring boom in 1788. It’s still an important fishing centre, as well as being the port for the ferry to Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis.
This time, we just stopped long enough for lunch and a wander before carrying on to Gairloch where we spent the final two nights of our holiday. We really liked the Myrtle Bank Inn, which was right on the shore. Continuing through the village, the road terminates at the crofting hamlet of Melvaig – the last picture in the gallery below. The road hugged the edge rather too much for my liking – I can’t imagine living in a place where that was the only route home.
The day after we arrived we spent at the beautiful Inverewe Gardens, which I’ll write about in my next post. The day after that we left for home, via beautiful Loch Maree, having had a wonderful holiday.