57°53’.38N 005°09’.33W
Ullapool has had a 230 year relationship with the sea and relishes the opportunity to welcome The Tall Ships fleet in 2011
Contact Name Kevin Peach
Telephone +44 (0) 1854 612 724 / (0) 7734 004 843
Email kevin@ullapool-harbour.co.uk

Having navigated the long sheltered sea loch of Loch Broom, surrounded by the majestic mountains and island views, the busy fishing port of Ullapool will come into view. Developed as a herring port in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society, Ullapool is steeped in local history. The harbour offers excellent protection from open waters, and has been recognised as a seafarer's haven for centuries. The modern pier has been upgraded and enlarged several times in 230 year history, and offers first class facilities to both visiting vesse and the public.

Located within a short distance of the harbour, the town has many delights to offer visiting mariners of all ages, such as craft and gift shops, award winning cafes and restaurants, swimming pool, leisure centre, tennis courts, golf course, museum, walled arboretum, local pottery and magnificent hill walks looking over the town.

The pace of life, as with any harbour town on the west of Scotland is relaxed and friendly with locals and tourists enjoying the wonder scenery.

Every effort will be made to provide an unforgettable experience for young and old with attractions and events provided to cater for all. Turn right at the entrance to Loch Broom beneath the towering peak of Ben More Coigach and head for Ullapool Harbour,you won't regret it!

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth 3.5-7m
Pilot Available No
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 280 Lerwick 240

Harbour Conditions

  • 4 quays totalling 240m; Depths 7-11m
  • Vast sheltered bay within 200m of the pier
  • Whilst the harbour will make every effort to berth as manyships as possible, anchorages are available on good holding ground within 200m of the pier. There will be plenty of local crafts on hand to ferry sailors ashore as required free of charge.

Further Port Information

Ullapool - a warm welcome and a unique taste of the Highlands

The beautiful village of Ullapool, located on Scotland's stunning west coast, is gearing up for a spectacular Tall Ships welcome from 15 - 17 July, which coincides with their Open Air Centenary Celebration Street Party to mark 100 years of the Harbour Trust.

This Highland village, which is located in a sheltered harbour on the shores of Loch Broom, is steeped in history and is the ideal place in which to soak up the festival atmosphere, surrounded by dramatic mountains and stunning views.

The area always promises visitors an unforgettable experience, but for these three days, the village will be buzzing. When else will you get the chance to look out over the magnificent Tall Ships, have the chance to go onboard and meet the international crews, whilst also indulging in some fantastic Highland hospitality?

As the Tall Ships arrive, the crews will be welcomed ashore by the wonderful sounds of a pipe band. From here, the festival party will really kick-off. Open to the public, it promises to be a fantastic few days for people of all ages…

Day events

  • A street market will run the length of the seafront. There will be an eclectic range of stalls featuring local crafts and some of the finest Highland foods. Take the opportunity to savour the delicious local seafood, black pudding, roast venison and haggis. Surf 'n' turf anyone?
  • Traditional music will fill the air and add to the vibrant party spirit
  • Street entertainers and buskers will create a fun-filled atmosphere, and there will be plenty for the kids to do
  • Day sails onboard the Wylde Swan: a wonderful opportunity to climb aboard the world's largest topsail schooner from the Netherlands and experience the stunning waters and be part of the team spirit. Be sure to buy your ticket now for the Saturday morning or afternoon sails.
  • Watch the skiff races along the seafront as locals and Tall Ships' crews battle it out on the Saturday afternoon. Get into the friendly competitive spirit whilst admiring the craftsmanship of these four traditional-style rowing skiffs, which have been beautifully built by the local community as part of the coastal rowing project.
  • Inter ship tug of war - cheer on the crews as they heave ho on the pier on Saturday afternoon
  • Open air workshops - join the Ceilidh Trail, which is part of Feis Rois. Here members of the public can join in with the fun and friendly music and dance workshops whilst learning more about the Gaelic language and culture. The musicians will play within the street market, the music marquee and the ferry terminal on the Friday evening, as passengers head off to the Hebridean Celtic Music Festival in Stornoway.
  • Street party 'Strip the Willow' - will run the length of the seafront, lead by Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail musicians on Saturday afternoon.
  • Day trips - take advantage of Ullapool's wonderful location and enjoy one of the many local day trips available, such as a visit to the Victorian Arboretum; award-winning museum; local pottery; Corrieshalloch Gorge; Knockan Crag visitor centre or perhaps a round of golf. You can also arrange to go island hopping, fishing or scuba diving.

Evening event

  • Music and licensed marquee on the pier on both the Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. These are ticketed events and will feature live traditional and rock bands. The line up for the Friday is 'The Vatersay Boys' from Barra, supported by Tiree boy band 'Skerryvore'. Saturday night promises to be just as lively with world renowned Irish rock group the 'Saw Doctors' performing with support to be confirmed. All ticket information is available at www.ullapooltallships.co.uk and Ullapool Official Merchandise is available from http://www.blueapplemusic.co.uk/ships.html
  • For further information on events, please contact:

Kevin Peach
E: kevin@ullapool-harbour.co.uk
T: +44 (0) 1854 612 724

Available For Crews


  • Tall Ships Festival Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2011
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to sail onboard the Wylde Swan (NB the evening onboard the Christian Radich has Sold Out!)
  • Live Music on Friday and Saturday evening in the Pier’s Music Marquee
  • A wide variety of stalls across the front length of the village
  • Live traditional music throughout the day
  • Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail, traditional music  open air workshops
  • Skiff Racing
  • Tug of War
  • Street entertainers
  • Pipe band
  • Fair ground rides
  • Fine foods

Sports Facilities

  • Swimming Pool, sauna & fitness gym
  • All weather football pitch
  • Tennis courts
  • 9 hole Golf Course

General Facilities

  • Fresh water on all berths
  • Fuel available by tanker
  • Tender service
  • Live weather and tide updates at Ullapool Harbour's website
  • Public toilets
  • Various takeaway outlets
  • Internet bookshop
  • Taxi and local bus service
  • A wide range of high quality cafes and fresh seafood restaurants