Places of Interest
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The Summer Isles
Tanera Mòr, the largest of the Summer Isles, lies 1½ miles offshore from Achiltibuie in the mouth of Loch Broom. The only inhabited island in the group, it is full of history, natural beauty and diverse wildlife, including otters, seals and many bird species, as well as picturesque cottages and even its own unique Post Office.
is a must for birdwatchers and is home to one of Europe’s largest seabird colonies. A keen eye might also spot kittiwakes, arctic skuas and maybe some puffins. Boat trips depart from Ullapool.
which is named after a Dutchman – Jan de Groot who started the first ferry service to Orkney – is synonymous with ‘end to enders’ and many charity walks and bike rides have either started or finished here. At the Last House and Museum, visitors can learn about the area’s history and view artefacts from a bygone age. The nearby Castle of Mey, which was purchased and restored by the late Queen Mother is also worth a visit.
is the most northerly town in mainland Scotland and also home to the country’s most northerly railway station. Other points of interest include the ruined castle, which was founded by the Norse Earls in the early 12th century and the museum which depicts life in the town in times past.
to the north of Ullapool, is a busy port which plays host to vessels from all over the world. The village is dominated by the magnificent Suilven, which at 2389ft is visible from every part of town.
is Scotland’s ‘Highland City’, which offers a rich variety of things to see and do. Set on the banks of the River Ness, the city boasts numerous historic buildings, including the 11th century castle overlooking the river which featured in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Inverness Museum offers an engaging insight into the history of the Highlands and there is excellent shopping in both the Old Town and the nearby retail park.
is a delightful small seaside resort which lies on the Moray Firth. It boasts two championship golf courses, a beautiful beach and attractive harbour which plays host to numerous pleasure craft. The Moray Firth is also home to one of only two colonies of bottle-nosed dolphins in the UK, which can often be spotted on a boat trip from the harbour.
The Western Isles
are accessible by ferry from Ullapool and make for an interesting and absorbing day trip. Of the seven main islands, Lewis is the largest and most populated and is bursting with world famous archaeological sites, including the Neolithic ‘Callanish Stones,’ (which predate the Egyptian Pyramids), the Pictish Carloway Broch (roundhouse), the Norse mill house and many more.
has been a popular holiday resort since Victorian times. The area provides a wealth of activities, as well as spectacular scenery, with unforgettable sunsets across the Minch to the Western Isles and the dramatic backdrop of the Torridon mountains. Visitors can enjoy clean sandy beaches, a superb golf course, opportunities for fishing and pony trekking and some of the best and most varied walking in Scotland.