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Walking in Ullapool and surroundings

In this blog “Walking in Ullapool and surroundings” we describe 5 shorter walks. Each of them is a maximum of 20 minutes drive or starts within the village.

Along the River Broom

A delightful river walk, starting from the T-junction and bridge towards Loggie. You can make this walk as long or as short as you like.

A great time to do this walk is in the springtime when the bluebells begin to bloom, but any other time of year offers a serene and relaxing setting.

Inverbroom estate has done a fantastic job with bridges, stairs and signs for the various pools within the river. There are so many choices for a lovely dip into the refreshing (cold) water.

Short walks in Ullapool
Corrie waiting patiently
Ben in deep thoughts in a very tranquil scenery

The beauty of walking Ullapool Hill or Meall Mòr

This short but relatively strenuous walk from Ullapool gives great views over the village and across Loch Broom in one direction, and in the other direction, towards the surrounding hills and high mountains which offers a totally different experience.

Although short, it is rocky and muddy underfoot in places boots are highly recommended.

There are plenty of benches to stop at and enjoy the view out to sea and towards the Summer Isles on the paths towards and up and down Meall Mòr.

View towards the Golf course and Morefield.
Activites in Ullapool
Loch Broom as it best.

Lael Forest Circuit

If you are just looking to go for a stroll with some gorgeous views over Beinn Dearg in the far distance, this walk has it all in just under two hours.

You start at the Walkers car park for Beinn Dearg and make use of the forest tracks and two old connection tracks (now a path) to do a loop within the woods.

View over to Beinn Dearg
Ullapool Community Trust, locally organised Lael Forest Walk Group

Walking through the history of Geology at Knockan Crags

This trail brings the geology of the Moine Thrust to life as the path climbs past the exposed rocks and up onto the top of the Knockan Crag.

From here there are spectacular views over Assynt towards Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Ben More Coigach. The trail includes sculptures and poetry and places to sit and enjoy the views.

A fairly easy trail to follow, if you go clockwise there is a steep but short ascent to the top of Knockan Crags. From there on the path is meandering nicely above the Crags all the way back to the car park.

Horne and Peach discussing their findings.
Rosie walking along the top of Knockan Crags

Dùn Canna Fort and Camas Mòr/Camas Beag beach

A delightful coastal walk to Dun Canna, a large Iron Age fort situated on a promontory at the foot of Ben More Coigach. There are beautiful views west to the Summer Isles and east along Strath Canaird.

The cliffs protecting the fort and overlooking two pebble beaches are stunning and a great place to explore for a family walk. This can be a day’s outing – enjoying the walk, inspecting the fort, picnicking, bathing and beachcombing.

The path, which follows the River Canaird, is easy to follow but can be sometimes a bit more hands-on and muddy in places. Depending on how much rain has been the days before.

Nevertheless, it is a great fun outing with only 1.5 miles (maximum 1h) to walk each way.

Walking in Ullapool
Walking in Ullapool

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Northwest Highlands

Wonders of Assynt

Shapely mountains, sparkling lochans, geological wonders and stunning coastlines make a visit to Assynt in the north west of Scotland a must do for anyone who appreciates remarkable scenery that’s unlike any other landscape you are likely to come across in the country.

The ascent of mountains such as Suilven, Stac Pollaidh and Cul Mor whilst not the largest in Scotland offer a challenge in their ruggedness and with views so immense and mouth dropping, ensure that the memories will stay with you for a lifetime.

Suilven is one of Scotland’s best known mountains, and although only standing at 723 metres high it’s bulk and position as it rises from the lunar like surrounding landscape of moors and lochans, gives the impression of a much larger hill. Indeed, the steep sided ridge at 2km long has three summits, Caisteal Liath, Meall Mheadhonach and Meall Beag.

Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh from a distance is a remarkable vision with it’s ridge line of pinnacles and gullies that fool you into thinking there is no possible walkers route up this popular hill! The ascent is reached via a path that sneaks gradually around the back off the mountain and climbs via steep but easy rocky steps to the eastern ridge and summit.

A lesser known peak in the area is Cul Mor, a twin summited mountain which is the highest in Northern Wester Ross at 849 meters.

It undoubtedly has some of the best 360 degrees views anywhere in Assynt, with the archipelago of the summer isles pushing into the Atlantic ocean, and the outline of mountains such as Stac Pollaidh, Suilven and Coigach to name but a few, as well as endless tiny lochans dotting the moorland. Simply spectacular!

Knockan Crags Trail

A short distance from Cul Mor lies Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, part of the North West Highlands Geopark. It’s home to an interpretation centre that offers a great insight into the unique and fascinating geology of the area.

As well as being hugely informative and interesting for adults, it’s a great place to introduce kids to geological history with it being interactive, clearly explained and user friendly.

There are also three delightful way – marked trails at the Nature reserve, with sculptures and points of interest that bring the geological history to life.

From its Geology to it’s beaches, Assynt never fails to impress and Achmelvich beach and Clachtoll beach are regarded as two of the most unspoilt in the area with their pristine soft white sands and tempting turquoise sea. From these delightful beaches, you can enjoy some lovely walking routes offering snippets of interesting history of ancient brochs and even a hermits castle!

Clachtoll Beach

All in all, the wonders of Assynt are truly inspiring. I’ve named just a few! There is so much more to explore and discover that will make you want to come back again and again.

You will find yourself immersed into its diversity and uniqueness and come away with wonderful memories of this beautiful corner of Scotland.