If you are not here to do an art course with Jan Kilpatrick / Wildtiles or Eleanor White / Bridge House Art, or one of the many festivals as Feis Rois, Loopallu, the Book Festival or the Guitar festival . . .
... then this could be your week at the Beach Hut:
Arriving and having a nice cup of tea, settling in, explorer walk around the village, supermarket to get food supplies for the week, and ending the day with the obligatory fish and chips from Delicasea, or a Chinese takeaway from Jade House, eating at Ullapool harbour and getting used in the splendid views!
For your first outing we recommend a trip to the Coigach peninsula including the hamlet of Achiltibuie with its famous Summer Isle Hotel and the Piping School Cafe
From here you can enjoy beautiful view across to the Summer Isles.
On return to Ullapool, how about a lovely Sunday Roast dinner at the Arch Inn on Shore Street?
A lovely trip south along the coast including a picnic with our traditional picnic hamper at award winning Gruinard Beach, amazing Inverewe Gardens and a trip to Gairloch is well worth a visit ! We would also recommend a little detour towards much photographed Mellon Udrigle beach ! Monday evenings there are live music sessions with locals (you are welcome to join in) at the Argyll Hotel.
Another lovely day out with superb views is a trip north, stopping at the geology exhibition at "Knock An Crag" the North-West-Highland geopark, in Elphin at Jans art and craft Open Studio (if you're lucky you can also buy some yummy veggies from their fantastic garden), further on towards Unapool, visiting the Maryck Memories Of Childhood Museum and Café, turn left onto the B869, having lunch at lovely Drumbegs Little Tea Garden (with The Little Soap & Candle Company), passing beautiful landscape belonging to the Assynt Foundation (following a big community land buy-out in 2005), Stoer Lighthouse, wonderful sandy beaches at Clashnessie, Clachtoll and world famous Achmelvich Beach, coming into Lochinver, eating the world's best pie at Lochinver Larder/Pie Shop, on the way home passing the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shore of Loch Assynt. You might like some fresh seafood tonight at the Seaforth or the Morefield Motel & Mariners Restaurant?
Fancy a bit less driving today ? Start the day relaxing with a nice cup of tea and lovely company at the pink door Café "Dal Na Mara - Tea by the sea", visiting the world famous Highland Stoneware Pottery, followed by a 2 mile drive to visit "Leckmelm Gardens and Arboretum", back to Ullapool for lunch and looking at the photographic gallery in the Gallery Café. In the afternoon off for a bit of walking and fresh Highland air to Corrieshalloch Gorge, where the River Droma forges through an ice age gorge, dramatically dropping 100 metres through a series of waterfalls, including the thunderous 45m high Falls of Measach. Weather not so nice ? The award winning Ullapool Museum, a restored Thomas Telford Parliamentary Church, originally built in 1829, is open 6 days a week The Frigate, a colourful bistro with much more to offer than only great pizzas and salads or Essence of India - The Indian Restaurant might be your fancy for dinner tonight ?
Over to the east coast and further north you will find Dunrobin Castle, a fairytale castle, which is the seat of the Countess of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. Absolute magnificent gardens and a well worth seeing falconry show. All together a great day out. On the way you might want to watch wild salmon leaping up waterfalls at The Falls of Shin with its 4-star visitor centre. For today's dinner we suggest, what's called The FBI by the locals ... the Ferry Boat Inn where there is a sing along music session with locals most Thursdays. Or check if there is an event going on at the local MacPhail Centre / theatre.
On your last day you might want some exercise and take a walk up Stac Pollaidh, a mountain with a relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb. In the afternoon take a refreshing sea cruise around Loch Broom and the Summer Isles with the Summer Queen or if you like it more adventures, the Seascape. To celebrate your last night, the Ceilidh Place would be a very good choice for dinner and drinks !
Note you may also want to wine and dine for yourself in the Beach Hut, where there is a small oven, hobs and microwave oven.
There are many more things to do in the area, just ask Alice and James, and we will point them out to you.