Ullapool is the main ferry port linking mainland Scotland with Lewis and Stornoway and offers a regular service (weather permitting) to the Western Isles and the Hebrides.
Accurate ferry information can be found at www.calmac.co.uk the official Caledonian MacBrayne website.
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Ullapool was developed as a fishing harbour during the late 18th century, but the area has been settled since neolithic times. Ullapool is a community in which tourism plays an important part, but by no means an overwhelming one. The village is the ideal base for those who wish to explore the real Highlands of Scotland. Ullapool is only a one hour drive north-west from Inverness, but is in the centre of an area described as one of the last wildernesses and unspoiled environments in Europe. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, unsurpassed anywhere in Britain.
Ullapool village is well placed for day trips to, for example, fabulous pure white sand beaches such as Achnahaird, Oldshoremore, Balnakeil and remote Sandwood Bay, or visit the magnificent gardens at Inverewe or, perhaps, make the short ferry crossing to see the thousands of nesting birds on Handa Island.
For an up-to-date list of timetables and events in Ullapool visit the Tourist Information site at The Internet Guide to Ullapool. Dates to look out for every year are the Ullapool Book Festival in May, the Loopallu Music Festival in September and the Ullapool Guitar Festival in October.
The Ceilidh Place hosts lots of live music events throughout the year (tel: 01854 612103).
Every Thursday from mid June - mid September, you can enjoy a display of pipes, drums and Highland Dancing at the Pier Head car park.
Also during the summer, a market is held on Saturdays with stalls selling food, crafts, pictures, etc.
More local events are listed on the Ullapool Tourism & Business Association web site.
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The village hall plays host to many concerts and events, and visiting music, dance and theatre companies perform at the Macphail Centre theatre and other venues. Most of the local bars and hotels regularly stage live music from traditional Scottish to contemporary. Every few weeks the Screen Machine, a travelling cinema, offers a regular screening of film releases.
The Ullapool News published every Friday, includes a comprehensive listing of walks, talks and entertainment throughout the area.
The Screen Machine mobile cinema is a concept unique in the British Isles. It consists of an articulated unit, the trailer of which expands and unfolds to provide a 101 seat self-contained cinema. The Screen Machine provides conventional up-to-date 35mm screenings of recent movies, with full digital surround sound, air conditioning, comfortable raked seating, and full disabled access. It can also provide video projection and conference facilities. Please see Hi-arts website for more details and showings.