About The Area
Ardmair is a beautiful location worthy of a visit in its own right but also a
great location to base your holiday and explore this wonderful part of Scotland.
Surrounded by great walks and climbs, fishing, hunting, boating, diving and some great
villages with plenty to see and do. See below for
more information on things to do and Links for some of
the places and businesses that will make these activities possible.
Set amid a panorama of mountains, sea and islands, Ullapool is justifiably known
as the “Jewel of Wester Ross”. A thriving village on the fringe of the Atlantic
and one of Scotland’s main fishing ports, Ullapool, for many years a leading
tourist centre has now even more facilities for the visitor.
Good hotels, restaurants, tea rooms, shops, grocers, swimming pool and leisure
centre and a spectacular loch-side golf course. The opportunities for leisure
activities in the area are numerous and it goes without saying that this part of
the world is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, hill walkers, climbers, runners,
open water swimmers, diving and sea farers of all persuasion.
Ullapool was recently described as an “outdoor paradise” which has
“Scandinavian twinkle in winter and Canadian-style adrenalin in summer” by
Fitness, a new multi-fitness lifestyle magazine
Ullapool is the mainland port for the drive on drive off ferry to Stornoway in
the Hebrides. The fascinating group of the Summer Isles provide Loch Broom and
Ullapool with shelter from the big seas of the Atlantic.
Things to do and see
- Summer Isles: The Summer Isles can be seen from Ardmair Bay
Cottages and also visited from boat trips running from Ullapool and Achiltibuie.
- Hebribes: The ferry link to Lewis runs from Ullapool to
Stornoway. In the summer, a service of 3 sailings a day offers visitors a chance
to visit and tour the Island in a day.
- Isle Martin: Ardmair Bay is sheltered by Isle Martin. The
island itself is now owned by a community trust and it is possible to visit and
tour the island.
- Hill Climbing/Walking/Running/Cycling: Ben Mhor Coigach is literally on our
doorstep, as is the postmans track to Achiltibuie, and Dun Canna - a pictish
fort dating back 3,000 years. Within short driving distance are spectacular
walks and climbs such as Staic Pollaidh, Coul Mhor, Coul Beag, Suilven and
Quinnag. There's also lots of forestry tracks and hiking routes around the
coast, glens and hills around us. Off road biking and running is also popular in
- Food and Drink: Ullapool and the area on the whole has a lot of
great restaurants and bars, many offering the beautiful shellfish and produce
from the Highlands.
- Music: Many of the bars have regular music nights and Ullapool
also plays host to the Loopallu Festival and Ullapool Guitar Festival - both of
which have great reviews and regular visitors.
- Art and Literature: Ullapool Book Festival is a great wee
literary affair and Ullapool also has a few resident artists who have their own
studios as well as An Talla Solais that puts on regular shows and exhibitions.
- Fishing/Hunting: There are a number of well stocked lochs
around us and also some good salmon rivers. Ardmair beach is a great place for
sea trout and Rhue point (a couple of miles from the cottages) is popular with
sea anglers. There are estates nearby offering deer stalking.
- Geological Features: The geology around Ardmair is some
of the finest in the world - we are on the border of the National Geo Park and
some of the features you see round about us are famous and breathtaking. As well
as numerous glacier valleys and features linked to the Moine Thrust, we are also
a short drive from Corrieshalloch Falls and The Bone Caves.
- Nature: We are situated in some of the last great
wilderness of western Europe and it is impossible not to see the continually
changing and impressive natural features around us, be it waterfalls, forests,
mountains, islands, glens and rivers. We are also close to Leckmelm Gardens and
Lochewe Gardens - both popular destinations for plant lovers.
- Wildlife: We have resident and visiting wildlife
throughout the area and waters around the coast. There are Sea Eagles and Golden
Eagles breeding around the coast and Isle Martin is a favourite nesting ground
for Gulls, Fulmars, Geese and Peregrine Falcon. When the fish move through the
loch, it is not uncommon to see porpoise, dolphin and even whales coming in to
hunt and feed. There are also deer in the area, and of course being a working
croft, there are often sheep, cows and hens around the houses!
- Boating/Diving: There are plenty opportunities for boat
owners, kayakers and divers in the area. We have spectacular beaches, coastline
and islands right on our doorstep. It is possible to arrange for boats to be
launched at the jetty in Ullapool and the beach at Ardmair. Air fills and dive
site information can also be provided, please ask and we will try to help.
Take a look at our links for finding the sites of
some of the local activities and attractions. If you have any queries regarding
any of the activities available in the area, please ask
and we will try to answer or find advice from others who may know.