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.



    • I didn’t make the connection! I have now. We took some pictures looking out to sea towards Skye but they were too hazy to include. So is it beyond Melvaig on the access road to the lighthouse? We walked about a mile or so along there, kept thinking we would see the lighthouse over the next rise and then turn but we never did and had to turn back for want of time.

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      • It had been a stormy day but it began to clear by the time I started the painting. In the evening, Walter and I made the walk to the lighthouse, and back again of course, but it did feel endless. We also visited the remains of the lookout shelters, and we discovered in one of them that some locals had installed a sofa !


  1. I stopped in Ullapool during the tour of Scotland I mentioned on your post about Tongue (you obviously travelled in the opposite direction to us, since we went from Ullapool to Tongue). Ours was an unplanned stop because we got a flat tyre and needed to get it changed.

    I’d love to go back there some time, it still looks beautiful.


    • We did it once the other way and stayed in Ullapool on the way to Tongue. Passing through has made me want to go back – but we chose Gairloch because we hadn’t stayed there before at all. I’d go back there too!


  2. These tiny villages are so welcoming to me right now:) I love the look and that clock is neat:) I am not sure I could live there but to visit just looks so lovely and I also love history which this trip of yours has in spades


  3. Ullapool is the furthest north I have been to, must have been around 1995! I’d love to go across to Lewis and spend a few weeks in the Outer Hebrides. I have been watching the programme on BBC2 about the Scottish islands. Fascinating stuff. I shall look forward to your post on the gardens 🙂

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  4. Your series of posts on Scotland certainly brings back lots of good memories. We went to Ullapool and the surrounding areas in 1990 on our first trip to Scotland. We totally enjoyed it and it is nice to see your nice pictures. (Suzanne)


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