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Ullapool is a happening place. Lively restaurants, cafes and bars serve great craic as well as great food. During summer months, there's live music practically every weekend with legendary rock gigs at the Seaforth Inn and traditional folk or classical music at other venues, including the popular Ceilidh Place.
Ullapool was established in 1778 to take advantage of the herring boom. The town still has the air of an important fishing port. Ullapool is also a main ferry terminal for the Hebrides. Sail on to Stornoway or take one of the many independent boat trips. The M.V. Summer Queen cruises from Ullapool pier across Loch Broom to the Isle of Martin and the Summer Isles which has rich wildlife and stunning wild scenery.
As the main town serving Wester Ross, Ullapool offers great shopping with independent craft boutiques, bookshops and gift shops which celebrate the unusual and unique.
The Captain's Cabin on Quay Street is practically an institution in the area.
Constance Mitford opened the Captain's Cabin gift shop in 1946. Today her granddaughter Katrina Thomson is the third generation in the family to stand at the helm. The emphasis is on Scottish-made goods and there's a huge range of gifts with character including fine china, jewellery, pottery and knitwear. The family also own Lochbroom Hardware downstairs and the independent Ullapool Bookshop next door.
Take part in the Ullapool Book Festival held round the 7-9 of May each year. Scottish authors usually feature in a programme of talks, readings and workshops with events held at the Ullapool Bookshop, the MacPhail Centre and the clubhouse at the Ceilidh Place.
There's all-year round culture at the Ullapool Museum, within the A-listed former Telford Parliamentary Church in West Argyle Street.
The museum's main exhibition, ‘The people of the Loch’, interweaves the natural and social history of the area. The award-winning audiovisual presentation explores the links between local people and the environment - past, present and future.
There's no shortage of activities in Ullapool with both loch and sea fishing, wildlife watching and cycling. Ullapool Golf Course is a fine challenge for golfers of every level, while many local outdoor companies specialise in climbing and walking tours.
With so much to do, it's worth staying a while.