Ullapool is the main town in the Northwest Highlands, an attractive settlement planned by Thomas Telford, which seemingly floats on the surface of lovely Loch Broom. It is a wonderful centre for walkers, being at the centre of a fascinating part of the Highlands. The lush scenery immediately around Loch Broom contrasts with the impressive mountain ranges just to the south. The Fannichs are a range of nine Munros arranged along a fine ridge, crowned by shapely Sgurr Mor. On the opposite side of the main road is the Beinn Dearg range, a craggier, steeper group of peaks with fine views.
West of Loch Broom, reached via the Destitution Road, is the peaceful haven of Dundonnell. This area has a great variety of scenery, from the beautiful woodlands of Corrie Hallie to the lonely coastline of the Scoraig Peninsula and the great wilderness of the Fisherfield peaks. Towering over all is An Teallach, perhaps the most magnificent mountain in all Scotland.
|Rhue Lighthouse, near Ullapool||1.2km||20 minutes|
|Lael Forest Garden and forest walk||1.75km||1 hour|
|Corrieshalloch Gorge||2km||30 minutes - 1 hour|
|Ardessie Falls||2.5km||30 minutes|
|Ullapool hill and the Braes, Ullapool||7.5km||1.5 - 2.5 hours|
|Ullapool and Loch Achall, Ullapool||12km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Scoraig from Badrallach||16.5km||4 - 5 hours|
|Beinn Liath Mhòr a'Ghiubhais Li, Loch Glascarnoch||8.5km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Toll an Lochain||10km||4 - 5 hours|
|Beinn Enaiglair, Braemore Junction||15.5km||5 - 6 hours|
|Shenavall circuit||18.5km||4.5 - 6 hours|
|Beinn Ghobhlach||11.5km||5 - 6 hours|
|Sail Mhor, from Ardessie||12km||5.5 - 6 hours|
|Am Faochagach||14km||5 - 6 hours|
|Sgùrr Breac and A' Chailleach: The Western Fannichs||16km||6 - 8 hours|
|Creag Rainich, via Loch a'Bhraoin||17.5km||6 - 7 hours|
|Sgùrr nan Clach Geala, near Braemore||18km||7 - 8 hours|
|Beinn a' Chaisteil, via Strath Vaich||24km||7 - 8 hours|
|Sgùrr Mòr and the eastern Fannichs||24.75km||9 - 11 hours|
|Seana Bhràigh||27km||9 - 10 hours|
|Beinn Dearg - the Four Munros circuit||27km||9 - 11 hours|
|Càrn Ban via Strath Vaich||43km||12 - 13 hours|
|An Teallach, Dundonnell||20km||9 - 10 hours|
|Fisherfield 6, from Shenavall||29km||12 - 18 hours|
|Beinn Dearg Mòr and Beinn Dearg Bheag, from Gruinard||35.25km||13 - 15 hours|
|Cape Wrath Trail||376km||2-3 weeks|
|Scottish National Trail||864km||6 weeks|
Fiona Russell provides an introduction to the charms of Ullapool.
"Sitting on a low wall edging the shoreline of beautiful Loch Broom in the Ross-shire town of Ullapool, a takeaway container of delicious crab cakes and salad on my knee and a day of mountain walking in my legs, I indulge in a little people watching."