Ullapool and Durness Coast Guide
Ullapool is the northernmost town, of any size, on the west coast of Scotland. It is only around 40 miles to the top of the UK at the dramatically named - Cape Wrath. Situated on the banks of Loch Broom, Ullapool was a herring fishing port but is now a tourist centre and point of departure for Lewis, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.
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Ullapool is also a popular centre for sailing and many yachts can be seen intermingled with the local fishing fleet in the small harbour. There are boat trips to the enticing sounding Summer Isles, which are around ten miles off shore.
The journey from Ullapool south towards Gairloch boasts some of the most glorious beaches on the west coast. Take a look at some of them from the beautiful Gruinard Bay to the remote Mellon Udrigle with its shimmering sands, - carry on to Gairloch and the Big Sands. A few miles north of Ullapool is the beautiful pebble beach at Ardmair overlooking Isle Martin.
The Isle of Lewis is the largest island within the Outer Hebrides and has the capital of the islands - Stornoway at its heart. Lewis is mostly flat with peat moors covering much of the inner part of the island. The coast is convoluted with many small bays and inlets but the main economic activity is crofting rather than fishing. Peat is the main source of fuel in the winter in the islands.
Forty miles to the north of Ullapool is Durness which is about as far north as you can go on the mainland. From this tiny fishing village, which is accessed by single track road, you can catch a ferry and bus to visit the light house at Cape Wrath which was built by Robert Stevenson (and others) around 1827. Clo Mor just to the south is Britain's highest mainland cliff, towering 281 meters or nearly 1000 feet, above the pounding Atlantic waves. Also at Durness is Smoo Cave which has a river running through it after heavy rain - the cave is large enough to walk into at low tide.
Places to visit around Ullapool
Summer Queen Cruises - Ullapool Pier , 1 Royal Park, Ullapool Telephone: 01854 612472
Ullapool Museum and Visitor Centre - 7 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Ross-Shire IV26 2TY Phone: +44 (0)1854 612987
Durness - one of the most northerly villages in the UK http://www.durness.org/
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