Location

Visit our beautiful Islands & lighthouses

Islands

Ullapool & Wester Ross is a land of islands. 

From Ullapool, take a leisurely afternoon trip out to the Summer Isles aboard the Summer Queen  or enjoy a faster trip aboard the 12 seater rib “Centaur ”.  The Summer Isles can also be reached aboard the Hectoria from Badentarbert Pier at Achiltibuie.

Isle Martin  lies some three miles north west of Ullapool opposite Ardmair Bay. A former RSPB bird sanctuary, the island is owned by the community and run by a Trust. In summer a voluntary ferry operates on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, weather permitting.

For Birdwatchers, Handa Island is a must. Handa is managed for its wildlife by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The island's magnificent Torridonian sandstone cliffs rise to over 100 meters in the North-west. Each summer they come alive, when nearly 200.000 seabirds gather here to breed. Guillemots, razorbills, and great skuas reach internationally important numbers. There are also kittiwakes, arctic skuas and some puffins. You will find attractive plant-life and archaeological remains of an old village which was inhabited until 1847.

For a longer trip, catch the ferry to the Western Isles. Caledonian Macbrayne  operate summer day trips and all year round crossings.

Lighthouses

The Wester Ross & Sutherland coastline is the setting for some of the most dramatic and romantic lighthouses in Britain. From Cape Wrath  in the north to Rua Reidh  near Gairloch. 

In between, there is Stoer Lighthouse with the famous Old Man just a walk away. Drive north from Lochinver on the B869 single-track road, past Clachtoll and Stoer, turning off just before Rienachait and heading for the lighthouse. 

There is a car park at the lighthouse and a rough track leading off over the moorland to view the old man. 

Closer to home, Rhue Lighthouse and sea cliffs are situated at the end of the Rhue road which leaves the main road 3 miles north of Ullapool.