Outdoor adventurers will find plenty of thrills in this pretty Highland port.
A gateway to the northwest Highlands and the Western Isles, the port village of Ullapool sits on the shores of Loch Broom on the west coast of Scotland and is a wonderful destination in itself. Ullapool is surrounded by natural beauty and offers opportunities for scenic walks along the rocky coast. More serious walkers and climbers can tackle the peaks of Stac Pollaidh, Cùl Mòr, Cùl Beag, and Suilven. The town lies along the popular North Coast 500 long-distance driving route but is well worth staying a while. Campers can choose from a well-appointed caravan park in town to pitching a tent on the shores of the Atlantic.
Campers overnighting in Ullapool can enjoy the feel of a rural getaway while having easy access to the town’s shops, pubs, and restaurants. Set on the shores of Loch Broom with views toward the Summer Isles and Hebrides, Broomfield Holiday Park is the only private campsite in town. On 12 acres of level grass, it has hookups for tourers and non-electric pitches for tent campers.
Three and a half miles north of Ullapool, Ardmair is home to a pebble beach with Highland and island views. It’s also within walking distance to Rhue Lighthouse, where the sunset and views of Beinn Ghobhlach are famed. Behind the beach, on a peninsula and surrounded by the Atlantic on three sides, Ardmair Point Camping and Caravan Park has a tranquil setting looking out to Loch Kanaird and the Ben Mhòr Coigach mountain ridge. Camping areas include sheltered grassy places for tents and a hardstanding area for larger campervans.
Although it lies just over Loch Broom from Ullapool, Badrallach Campsite, Bothy and Holiday Cottage is about a 40-minute drive away. But it’s well worth the effort to get to this remote and picturesque site. Pitches for tents and small caravans or motorhomes are set alongside Little Loch Broom with views of the nearby Munros and Corbetts. The site also has bothy-style accommodation for groups in a converted stone barn.
For enjoying long, sunny days outdoors, June through August is the best time to visit, despite the area getting busy with tourists driving the North Coast 500 route in the summer months. September is a good alternative for fewer crowds, while winter visitors will contend with cold conditions while enjoying crisp landscapes.