"Keeweechic's Ullapool" Ullapool by keeweechic

Ullapool Travel Guide: 84 reviews and 292 photos

The village of Ullapool was founded in 1788 by Thomas Telford and the British Fisheries Society as a fishing port. The main goal was to exploit a boom in herring fishing around that time. While this was a success, overfishing resulted in a decline from the 1830's and by 1900 the venture was designed as a failure. This left a town which was nicely laid out and well planned with little economic future. It took another 20 years or so for the fishing fleets from eastern Scotland to return and discover the benefits of Ullapools safe anchorage on the western shores. Fishing has remained the heart of the economy of the town. Factory ships sailing from Russian and Eastern Europe have brought about a small cosmopolitan flavour to the town. Cruise ships also anchor just off shore.

Ullapool and the surrounding area is popular for hill walking - the landscape around here is spectacular. Leisure sailors are also an attraction and there are several summer boat trips available to view the local wildlife such as seals, otters and dolphins. The old parish church covers a variety of topics which includes crofting, fishing, emigration and the history of Ullapool and the surrounding area.

Ullapool is a good base for exploring the north west of Scotland as we did. All that I have included as 'off the beaten path' was either done on the way to Ullapool or from there. Unfortunately I don't have much on Ullapool itself.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.
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  • Apr 19, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    The people of Strathnaver suffered a tragic history; they were evicted from their homes during the "Highland Clearences" particularly in 1814 and 1819.

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    Oct 18, 2005 at 7:35 AM

    Beautiful pics and descriptions of the amazing rugged beauty around Ullapool ! Thanks for this small tour of Scotland, a spot that I have always wanted visit, but preferably in the 'warm' weather like you had!

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2005 at 3:02 PM

    Thinking of visting later this year -- thanks for all the information.

  • blackmamba's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2005 at 2:40 PM

    Hello. I love your page about Ullapool, so want to go... lucky you..

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 11:57 AM

    Aaaah, wonderful Scotland! I love this place! Never seen it summer, only in winter though. The ruggedness and yet the beauty of the Highlands is so breathtaking! Beautiful photos!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 8:46 AM

    The end of the road has many beautiful stops shown by your fine pages!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2004 at 4:44 AM

    Seems like a wonderful place, and I like the name Ullapool, they have swiming pool, and pool LOL

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2003 at 1:33 AM

    Very nice photos, I had never been, and it is since a long time in my wish list...

  • jcots's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2003 at 11:27 PM

    The best part of Scotland. The road from Durness to Ullapool is maybe to nicest I've ever seen. It's awesome!!!! Lovely page.

  • vaticanus's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2003 at 1:50 PM

    Rare to see Scotland's bonnie blue skies- no wonder you passed on fresh kippers for breakfast with all the sunshine! Entertaining pages one and all!


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