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Inverness - Ullapool
Between Inverness and Ullapool
Between Inverness and Ullapool
Driving and Detours:
Approximate distance: 64 miles or 102 km
The A835 is the road to take to Ullapool; you can either go directly onto it at Tore a few miles north of Inverness on the A9, or you can go via Beauly on the A862.
Beauly is at the mouth of the River Beauly, one of the most famous Salmon rivers in Scotland. There's a ruined 13th century Priory (admission free) in the town.
The landscape on the way to Ullapool is mountainous and wooded (mostly commercial plantations).
Places to stop at are:
The Falls of Rogie, just north of Contin.
Falls of Measach,
At the junction of the A832 is this spectacular waterfall, one of the most grand, and accessible, in the Highlands of Scotland. There's a suspension bridge and a viewpoint to view the falls plunging 150 feet into 200 foot deep Corrieshalloch Gorge.
From here the road skirts the north edge of Loch Broom to Ullapool.
Ullapool was designed and built on a grid plan having been founded by the British Fishery Society in 1788. Small and compact, its has many bed and breakfasts all within walking distance. If you have not already booked accommodation you can visit the Tourism Information Center (open April to November. Tel: 01854 612135) and get them to make enquiries on your behalf and book accommodation for a small fee (one or two pounds).
The Ceilidh Place
The Ceilidh Place (West Argyll Street) is worth visiting. Its a series of old houses connected and made into a pub/cafe/restaurant/gallery/music venue. A great place to hear traditional Scottish music in an informal atmosphere.
The harbour is the hub of Ullapool, both fishing boats and ferries to the Outer Hebrides use it. (Ullapool to Stornoway)
There's a modern museum, but my favourite is the old museum in an original building of the herring curing factory, close to the harbour.
Here you will find such things as:
- A fragment of sail from Nelson's ship HMS Victory.
- A cannon ball found on the field of Culloden.
- Bronze Age sickle found locally.
- 1821 Whisky bottle.
- A scented pastille lozenge found in the coat worn by Charles I after his execution 1649.
- A fragment of 14th century chain mail.
- And many other extraordinary bits and pieces collected over the years.
Detours to the North West of Scotland... some of the most inspiring landscapes in Europe. I hope to have the time to write about these one day...
Accommodation en route or round about:
Bed & Breakfast accommodation:
Craigiewood. The Black Isle near Inverness. A family home surrounded by natural woodland, with great views to distant hills.
Further north is Linsidecroy overlooking the Kyle of Sutherland which has four salmon rivers flowing into it, and there are sweeping views over to the mountains of the west
Right up on the north west coast on Loch Assynt is Ruddyglow Park which has a small romantic cabin as well as bed and breakfast in the main house. Amazing views.
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