Ullapool is an ideal base for hiking throughout Sutherland and taking wildlife and nature cruises, especially to the Summer Isles. By the shores of salty Loch Broom, the town was founded in 1788 as a fishing station to exploit the local herring stocks. There's still a smattering of fishing vessels, as well as visiting yachts and foreign ships. When their crews fill the pubs, Ullapool has a cosmopolitan feel. The harbor area comes to life when the Lewis ferry arrives and departs.
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Experience the beauty and history of the Scottish Highlands in a unique new way during this picturesque, half-day caving excursion.
Allt nan Uamh and Scottish Highlands
Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to the starting point of your guided walking tour. Upon arrival, take a guided trek on a path alongside the Allt nan Uamh, or 'Burn of the Caves', a beautiful limestone valley featuring stunning views of the Scottish landscape. The trail leads you to a beautiful waterfall before gradually ascending as it follows the river upstream.
Eventually the valley narrows, and your route passes by a huge spring, typical of areas with large amounts of limestone. As you continue further, come across a second spring before catching sight of the caves, now in the dry riverside but once hidden by the flowing waters. Your walk continues on toward the path leading to the caves. When first excavated in 1889, the caves produced a wide array of animals that once roamed the Scottish Highlands, and were thought to house humans who hunted these animals for their fur and meat.
Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour inside the caves, which can be slippery and wet at times. Following your cave exploration, re-join the path and continue back to the starting point, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 2.8 miles (about 4.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, slippery and wet surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia or a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Guests must be at least 16 years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is dependent on weather and cave conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the stunning topography of the northwest Highlands during this panoramic, half-day excursion to the Corrieshalloch Gorge.
Loch Broom and Northwest Highlands
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive along the shores of Loch Broom to Correshalloch Gorge. En route, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the rich scenery offered by the diverse landscapes of the northwest Highlands. The gorge is a wonderful example of a slot gorge, or 'box canyon', cut by glacial meltwater between 2.6 and 11.5 million years ago.
Corrieshalloch Gorge, Droma River and Falls of Measach
Corrieshalloch Gorge lies within a steep-sided ravine, exceeds one mile (about 1.6 kilometres) in length and is approximately 200 feet (about 61 metres) deep. It is here that the Droma River plunges approximately 150 feet (about 46 metres) over the Falls of Measach. The area including the gorge and the surrounding woodland was designated a National Nature Reserve in 1967, and is now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
Corrieshalloch Gorge Visit
A descending gravel pathway brings you to your first views of the gorge and to the suspension foot bridge. For those who wish to proceed further, you may walk across the bridge and continue along another woodland path to a viewing platform.
Back in the coach; drive onward through Dundonnell Forest and typical North West Highland scenery. The landscape can appear harsh and unforgiving, so it is perhaps surprising how many traces there are here of earlier people. People lived along the coast more than 3,000 years ago when the mountains were covered with a dense forest that was home to bears, wolves and wild boar.
Gruinard Bay and Aultbea Hotel
The tour skirts scenic Little Loch Broom and passes through crofting villages. From the hilltops enjoy outstanding views over the Summer Isles just off the coast. Stop again at the unspoiled and picturesque beach of Gruinard Bay, where time allowing, take a stroll on the beach and savour the views of this spectacular landscape.
A brief comfort stop will be made at the Aultbea Hotel for light refreshments.Finally, return to Ullapool along the scenic coastal road for approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes drive.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven and gravel surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and steep steps at the gorge. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Operation of this tour is dependent on weather conditions.
Embrace the scenic splendour of the Highland countryside at your leisure during this half-day, self-guided excursion to the Inverewe Gardens.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 80-minute drive through the barren and beautiful Highland countryside en route to the Inverewe Gardens. Idyllically situated on the shores of Loch Ewe, Inverewe Gardens was started by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862 and continued after his death by his daughter, Mairi. Before she died in 1953, Mairi transferred the garden to the National Trust for Scotland, so that the garden might be maintained in perpetuity.
Osgood Mackenzie succeeded in transforming a windswept and barren promontory into a large and wonderful garden featuring temperate plants from the northern and southern hemispheres. Protected by shelter belts and walls, the garden flourishes due to the proximity of the Gulfstream, despite being situated at a latitude of 57.8 (further north than Moscow).
During your leisurely, self-guided visit, explore areas of the garden that include the Woodland and Azalea walks, Pond Garden, Japanese Garden, and Rock Gardens. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 80-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over paved and unpaved surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at Inverewe Gardens is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not suitable for guests with hay fever and/or allergies, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Operation of this tour is dependent on weather conditions.
Explore the unique natural beauty and history of Lochninver and its environs during this half-day sightseeing excursion.
Inverpolly National Nature Reserve
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Lochinver. En route, traverse the rugged scenery of the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, a remote and lonely stretch of moorland dotted with lochs, burns and great sandstone peaks.
Ardvreck Caslte, Loch Assynt and Lochinver
A photo stop is made at the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, situated on a desolate promontory on the edge of Loch Assynt. Afterward, your picturesque drive continues along the shores of the Loch to the small town of Lochinver. Upon arrival, ample free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over paved and unpaved surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at Lochinver is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not suitable for guests with motion sickness and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and raingear from the ship. Operation of this tour is dependent on weather conditions.