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Activities around Sealoch House

ULLAPOOL & OTHER LOCAL EVENTS 2017

Ullapool Dance Festival 1st April

Ullapool Adult Feis -  29th April - 1st May

Ullapool Book Festival - 5th-7th May

Elphin Music Festival - 25th June

Ullapool Skiff Rowing Regatta - 8th-9th July

Gairloch Highland Gathering - 1st July

Inverness Highland Games- 15th July

Belladrum Music Festival Inverness -4th-6th August

Assynt Highland Gathering (Lochinver) - 11th August

Thunder in the Glens( Harley Davidson Rally) Aviemore-26th-29th August

Loopallu Music Festival - 29th September- 30th September

Ullapool Guitar Festival - 6th - 8th October

Please look on Ullapool.com for updated information and purchase the Ullapool News when arriving to find out complete news on all activities

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Ullapool spoils vistors with the abundance of live music on offer.

Locations such as the Ceilidh Place ( named in the top 100 places in Scotland to visit), The Arch, The Argyl Arms, The Ferry Boat Inn and the Seaforth all host live music. The Village Hall also hosts live music events.During the summer season there are also regular Saturday night discos at The Seaforth.

The Ullapool Pipe band march through the village to the harbour each thursday evening for a performance at 7.30 from June-end August.

The Macphail Centre has many high quality visiting comedians, plays, dance and live events throughtout the year.

Ullapools famous for the Loopallu Music Festival held each September and this sells out very quickly.For 2017 it has a new venue on the harbour front.

Ullapool also hosts the Feis Ros, the traditional music festival where musicians come to listen but also attend master classes from the very best musicians in thier field.

In October Ullapool hosts the Guitar Festival.

Ullapool News is the best place to find out what is playing when you visit.

 

WALKING, CLIMBING & SKIING

This is a wonderful location for walkers with Loch Broom sitting in the centre of the Fannichs with its range of 9 Munroes. Beinn Dearg and the magnificent  An Teallach, perhaps the most magnificent mountain in Scotland, providing everything that the walker and lover of beautiful scenery could want. To the north of Ullapool are the beautiful areas of Assynt and Coigach.  The walking is perfect for those who simply love to amble through the countryside, to the much more challenging for seasoned hikers who may want to climb the Munroes. Most can be tackled in a day but the more remote areas would mean camping out for several nights.

The forests of Lail and Leckmelm are close by and offer a completely different outdoor experience.

Ullapool has enjoyable path walks that run above the town and offer fantastic views of Ullapool and the Summer Isles.

The sandstone cliffs at Reiff, in non-tidal waters, offer some of the best rock climbing in Scotland,

Westlea House is only about a 2 hour drive from Aviemore, Scotlands Ski Resort. The ski season can extend from November to April.

Walkhighlands provides details of many walks, providing difficulty grades, lengths and timings.

Munro Magic provides useful information for Munro and Corbett baggers.

DESERTED SANDY BEACHES

Beach lovers wil be spoiled for choice with the wide expanses of sandy beaches, washed by clear blue seas. Beaches to be found nearby include Gruinard Bay, Achmelvich, Clactol, Achnahaird and Mellon Udrigle. Further afield, you can explore the beaches of Oldshoremore, Balnakeil, Dornoch or travel to the remote and beautiful Sandwood Bay. Have a picnic or bbq whilst enjoying the space, freedom and emptiness of these beaches, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Such a combination would be difficult to find anywhere else in the UK.

TOURING/CYCLING

Car enthusiasts, motorcyclists or cyclists have the opportunity to explore many different routes to experience the stunning roads and scenery around this region. It is easy to understand why the press regularly votes these roads as some of the best in the world to explore. Mountain bikers are not forgotten and there are a multitude of trails and ridges to enjoy.

We are pefectly located at the end of the Bonar Bridge to Ullapool bike trail, should you wish to cross from the East to West of Scotland

You can choose Ullapool to follow the new NorthCoast 500 route to enjoy the very best roads around the Scottish coastline.

BOAT TRIPS

From Ullapool harbour, local boats make trips out to the Summer Isles to see the wonderful scenery and the wide variety of wildlife. You may see seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales and very many breeds of birds. There are 3 boats to choose from with trips lasting between 45 mins to 4 hours. Visit Summer Queen Boat trips

Further north, there are boat trips to see the stalactites and stalagmites at the Smoo Caves at Durness.

You can also visit the Wildlife Trust reserve at Handa Island, a ten minute ferry crossing which operates during the summer from Tarbert.  The trip takes about an hour from Ullapool and lands on one of the glorious sandy beaches of this wildlife haven. 

You can also charter a boat from Ullapool for scuba diving, sea fishing and scenic days out. Visit Creagard-Charters

 

GOLF

Scotland is, of course, the home of golf and golfers will not be disappointed with experiences on offer in this area.  Ullapool  has a pretty nine hole course that welcomes visitors and there are also good nine hole courses at Gairloch and Durness.

There are 18 hole courses at Golspie, Invergordon and Strathpeffer.

The 18 hole course at Royal Dornoch is a more challenging but it will please keen golfers.

ART

Ullapool and the Highlands attract many artists who love to come at different times of the year to be inspired by colours, moods and seasons. Westlea House provides a wonderful location for artists or groups who want to use the region for their inspiration or to join some of the many art courses available in Ullapool. 

There are also numerous galleries, exhibitions and many artist's houses that you can visit such as An Talla Solais , Ceard and Harbour Gallery

Shirley, one of the owners, is an artist and former art teacher so will be happy to help groups or other artists.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

This is an amazing destination for photographers, with the beautiful and varied scenery delivering different opportunities and challenges as the seasons change. The work of local photographer Angus Bruce is on sale at the Gallery Cafe in the centre of Ullapool and we would highly recommend his work. Angus also runs courses and organises day trips for photographers to locations that he knows will deliver great results.

Visit his web site at Angus Bruce Photography

AROUND WESTLEA HOUSE

The area around Westlea House has so much to offer and you do not even have to get in your car to enjoy the surroundings.

Walk out of the front door and amble up Ullapool hill, cycle the many off road routes or enjoy the roads, head down to the harbour to explore the shoreline, watch the boats or swim in the loch if you are brave enough! A pod of dolphins was filmed recently in the waters around Ullapool and you may spot otters, sea eagles and plenty of other wildlife. You may also see the fighter jets flying along the loch during their training sessions.

Across the loch you can explore the iron age fort ruins of Dun Lagaidh, built around 700-500BC, where it is believed that Robert Bruce signed a charter in 1309 during a seaborne campaign. A walk to Dun an Raigh on the hillside above Rhiroy takes you to where the earliest constructions were believed to have taken place in the 2nd or 3rd century BC.

We are centrally located in the village allowing you to stroll to the shops, pubs, restaurants, live music and activities

HARBOUR

Whilst on your holiday, why not take one of the daily ferry crossings from Ullapool harbour over to Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis? Spend some time exploring the Outer Hebrides, islands included in Trip Advisor's top ten islands in the world, or just visit Ullapool when the ferry is docking to watch a busy harbour in action.

 For timetable of ferries visit Stornaway Ferry.

Watch the many fishing ships regularly using the harbour, the large cruise ships now visiting Ullapool, the regular tall ships visit and look out for the many other events taking place during the year.

WHISKY & BEER SAMPLING AND MAKING

Scotland would not be Scotland without its whisky. The Ullapool Ceilidh Place specialises in whiskies from all over the country. For a more direct experience with whisky, visit Loch Ewe Distillerythe smallest distillery in the UK, where you can undertake a one day master class in distilling and visit the whisky bar with its choice of over 300 different whiskies! Another larger, well known producer is Glenmorangie at Tain.

Beer drinkers can visit the Black Isle Brewery  at Inverness

Gin drinkers will be pleased to know that bars such as the Ceilidh Place are now stocking many differnt varieties of Scottish gin, you must try some!

FISHING

'Gone fishing' may well be your holiday message, as you can fish for trout in many of the hill lochs. It is possible to purchase permits to fish on several local rivers or you can also fish for mackerel from the harbour and Loch Broom or hire a boat for some sea fishing.

Salmon fishing is very much part of Scotlands heritage and you can fish in season at rivers in the Ullapool region.

BIRD WATCHING

This area is home to more than one hundred breeds of birds. Handa Island is a nature reserve and, from mid May until August, the sky here is full of arctic and great skuas.  Until late July, hundreds of delightful puffins nest on the rocks and raise their young and also until mid-July up to one hundred and fifty thousand guillemots also inhabit the island.

However, you do not need to travel this far, just looking out of the windows of Sealoch House you will see many breeds of birds.

GEOLOGY

Some four hundred and thirty million years ago, England and Scotland were joined together geologically and Ullapool is on this fault line. The geology of the region is really interesting and the area north of Ullapool has National Geo Park status.  The Knockan Crag Visitor Centre at North West Highlands Geopark tells the story of the region and the history of the many different rock forms found in the landscape. 

The Corrieshalloch Gorge and Nature Reserve is close to Ullapool and magnificent views of the gorge can be seen from the swing bridge.

MUSEUM

The wonderful UllapoolMuseum run by local volunteers provides a fascinating insight into the history of the town. Originally settled by Danish Vikings, the town as we know it was developed by Thomas Telford, the world famous engineer to serve the herring industry.

 

LEISURE CENTRE

Ullapool has a fully equipped Leisure Centre, including a swimming pool and sauna,climbing wall, indoor and outdoor courts and a fitness room. This is an excellent facility for those rainy or cooler days.

 

RELAXING

Worn out by all the activities on offer?  Then why not take the opportunity to just enjoy the wonderful environment of Westlea House.  Give yourself a well-deserved chance to rest and recharge those batteries by simply spending time to read, write, play games, chat, play music or drink.

Whatever you choose to do or not to do, we are sure you will go home refreshed, reinvigorated and looking forward to your next visit!