Historic walking tours Ullapool

The 1 hour tour is a relaxed stroll through Ullapool. The entertaining walking tour leads you through the historic parts of the village. We cover various topics such as Ullapool’s fishing heritage, geology, pre-history, emigration and Vikings. Our local friendly guides have a wealth of knowledge about local history, geology and archaeology and a passion for great customer service.

The longer tour lasts approx. 2 hours giving you an in-depth experience and time to really get to know our village. The Ullapool Explorer includes a scenic stretch along a coastal path and the river and offers even more insights, great stories, subjects, stunning views and time to ask us anything you want to know.

Price 1 hour historic tour:

Group of 1-5 people £ 35, groups 6+: £ 7 per participant.

Price 2 hour Ullapool Explorer tour:

Group of 1-5 people £ 70, groups 6+: £ 14 per participant.

VILLAGE tour highlights

Slight changes due to roadworks in Shore Street

Characters and stories tour

Our favourite local tales of the past

Listen to the best stories of local characters and events on this entertaining walking tour through the village. Immerse yourself in times gone by and wonder, laugh, shake your head in disbelief, and admire our featured characters for their courage and feistiness. Walk through the oldest streets of Ullapool and enjoy 75 minutes of history presented in a charming and amusing way by our knowledgeable guides.

Price: Group of 1-5 people £ 45. Groups 6+: £ 9 per participant.

The tour lasts for 1.25 h with plenty of stops.

Contact us below to fix a date and time.

meeting point

for village tours

PLEASE NOTE: Due to roadworks in Shore Street, we will temporarily meet at Am Pollan Park (opposite the petrol station).

We meet in Shore Street at the seafront opposite Tenterden B&B/Guesthouse, roughly halfway between the harbour and the petrol station. You will spot our two signs where the stone steps lead down to the pebble beach.

Please park in the public Latheron Lane Car Park in Ullapool next to Tesco (Tesco supermarket has its own car park). The car park is signposted from North Road. From the car park, walk down to the harbour and turn left into Shore Street. Continue along the seafront until you reach the signs/meeting point.

Info & Frequently asked questions Village tours

PLEASE NOTE: There are currently building works in Shore Street. While they are going on, we will meet in Am Pollan Park, opposite the Petrol Station.

For all village tours we meet in Shore Street opposite Tenterden B&B/Guesthouse, about halfway between the harbour and the petrol station. You can find our two signs next to the stone stairs leading down to the pebble beach. We also have a yellow sign close to the harbour which is NOT the meeting point for the tours. Please see map above for further details.

The standard private village tour lasts approx. 1 hour. The private in-depth Explorer lasts approx. 2 hours. Please arrive in time for the start of the tour.

We only accept cash payment. ATMs/Cash machines can be found at Tesco, Bank of Scotland (West Argyle St) and Royal Bank of Scotland (Ladysmith St). Please note that we unfortunately can’t accept £ 50 notes.

Tips go directly to your tour guide.

Of course! We love to engage with our customers and are happy to answer all the questions you have as best as we can.

  • Please park in the public Latheron Lane car park in Ullapool next to Tesco (Tesco supermarket has its own car park). The post code is IV26 2XB. The car park is sign-posted from both directions in North Road.

  • Coming from the south, turn right after the petrol station into North Road, then turn left into Market Street. At the end of the road turn right at the junction into Quay Street, then immediately left into Latheron Lane. The car park is behind Tesco.

  • Coming from the north, stay on the main road (North Road) until you see the car park sign. Turn right into Market Street, then follow the description above.

Bad weather alternative for the 1 hour tour: 15 min outside to visit the oldest buildings in Ullapool, 45 min in the Ullapool Museum where we conduct the rest of the tour and show you around (additional entry charges apply for the museum: £ 4.50 per adult, under 16s go free. You can explore the museum further after the tour).​

Extend your 1 hour or 2 hour walking tour through Ullapool by a half hour guided tour through the museum. Additional costs are £ 20 for your group plus the entry charges for Ullapool Museum, see above.​

For people with limited mobility: We are happy to conduct a historic tour inside the museum. The exhibits in the museum plus our own maps, pictures and photographs make Ullapool’s history come alive even if you are unable to visit the historic sites in the village. For entry charges for Ullapool Museum see above.

PLEASE NOTE: Ullapool Museum is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. On all other days it is open 11 am – 4 pm. Ullapool Museum closes for the season 31/10/2022. For larger groups we might be able to arrange an exclusive visit to the museum in winter as well.​

Yes, we are open all year round for private village tours except for a few weeks of holidays.

  • To give you the best possible experience we keep group sizes small.

  • We take 14 participants max. per tour.

  • A private standard Historic Village Tour (1 h) is £ 35 for a group of 1 – 5 people. Groups 6+: £ 7 per participant.

  • A private In-Depth Explorer Tour (2 h) is £ 70 for a group of 1 – 5 people. Groups 6+: £ 14 per participant.

  • A private Local Characters and Stories Tour  (1.25 h) is £ 45 for a group of 1 – 5 people. Groups 6+: £ 9 per participant.

 

  • Tips go directly to your tour guide.

Yes, we do! When you go on a village tour with us, we offer a £ 10 discount for booking a car tour. There is no overlap in content between the village tour and the car tours, nor between the car tours themselves.  

Ullapool’s Public Toilets are situated in West Argyle Street and are open during the day.

Please contact us to arrange a day and time of your choosing for your private village tour and we will get back to you as soon as possible. To secure a specific day, please give us two or three days’ notice as we are very busy during the summer. We will do our best to accommodate bookings on very short notice, if possible. All exclusive tours can be tailored to your wishes. For longer tours, please contact us for prices. Payment is in cash only.

Yes! As the tours are outside, the infection risk is close to zero. If you pay in cash with the exact amount no direct contact is involved. Should you require change, we encourage you to use your own hand sanitizer afterwards. We also carry a hand sanitizer in case you don’t have one. Please note that due to Covid all our photographs and maps can only be touched by us. Don’t worry, the pictures are big enough for you to see and we will go round to ensure everyone can have a look at them. Anything else we might hand out to you, we will always sanitize our hands first.

Our tour guides are fully vaccinated (including the booster jab).

No, unfortunately not. We only accept cash payment. ATMs/Cash machines can be found at Tesco, Bank of Scotland (West Argyle St), and Royal Bank of Scotland (Ladysmith St). Please help us by providing the exact amount of cash, if possible. We do have limited change available. Please note that we unfortunately can’t accept £ 50 notes.

Some children will enjoy our tour, others might not. In our opinion the tour is not suitable for most younger children unless they have a very keen interest in history. We feel you as the parents or the caretakers will be the best judge of that. Babies in prams go for free.

Well behaved dogs are welcome. Please keep your dog on a lead during the tour as Ullapool is busy and we are crossing several roads. Please understand that you can only bring dogs that get along well with other people and other dogs, and do not have a problem with traffic.

We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing according to the weather. Ullapool’s weather changes quickly, but as you made it all the way up here we are sure you have noticed already!

The state of the pavement in Ullapool, some steeper sections up and down, and crossing of roads will unfortunately pose difficulties to most wheelchair users and to some people with restricted mobility on the standard tour. If you feel you can tackle the route, you are more than welcome to join us and we will try our best to assist you if needed.

We are an inclusive company, and also offer a private village tour which we can adapt to your needs. We also offer guided tours in Ullapool Museum: we can either spend a short time outside to visit Ullapool’s oldest buildings and then tell you most of the history inside the museum, or you can book us for the whole hour inside the museum. Please contact us if you need further information.

Yes, we offer walking tours and car tours to the North and South of Ullapool. Pease check the respective sections on this website for details. Please contact us for any bespoke tours. We are available for all different kinds of tours, on foot, by car etc. in Ullapool, Lochbroom, the Highlands and Scotland, depending on availability.

Yes, you can purchase our guidebook with lots of information at the reduced price of £5 directly from us after a tour. The book is also available for £ 6.99 at Ullapool Bookshop, Ceilidh Place Bookshop, and the Visit Scotland iCentre (Tourist Information).

The distance we cover is approx. 1 km (0.65 mile) for the standard village tour and ca. 3 km (1.9 miles) for the 2 hour tour, with plenty of stops along the way. On the shorter tour we walk on flat surfaces, mainly on pavement, with a few short sections of about 10-20 metres on pavement with an incline/decline. The 2 hour tour includes a stretch along a coastal path (grass).

Yes, please contact us to arrange a private tour which we can adapt to your needs. We could walk only a short distance, or even do the tour at a static point. Please contact us if you need further information.

The meeting point for the village tour is only a few minutes from the village centre. Lots of shops, cafés and restaurants are nearby for food and drink.

Yes, we can offer you private tours in German. Please contact us for further information.

Ullapool Tours can cancel a village, walking or car tour at any time. Of course, we will cancel tours only when absolutely necessary due to abysmal weather, illness, etc., or circumstances not in our control.

Ullapool Tours can alter tours at any time if necessary for safety reasons or other unforeseen circumstances.

Ullapool Tours accepts no liability for personal injury, any loss of property or damage to your car during the duration of the tour.

If you require special assistance, please make sure to contact us in advance.

We advise appropriate footwear/clothing according to the weather and terrain (and maybe a walking pole for Knockan Crag, see above).

All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please keep younger children under close supervision for safety reasons.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times during a tour when outside.

Abusive behaviour to staff will not be tolerated.

We advise to be at the meeting point 5 minutes prior to the tour. Unless notified otherwise, the guide will leave the meeting point 15 minutes after the starting time if you don’t show up.

No photos, videos or audios taken on the tour permitted for commercial use.

Payment is in cash only. No £ 50 notes accepted. No cheques accepted.