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Visit Ullapool and Durness on your cottage holiday.
The neat, whitewashed fishing village of Ullapool is the main base from which to explore the north-western Highlands of Scotland. There are supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and all the other facilities required on a cottage holiday in this remote region, together with the ferry crossing point for visits to Stornoway on Lewis, the largest settlement in the Western Isles. The Ullapool Museum is a testament to the hardy nature of the people that conquered this harsh region of Scotland over the centuries, and tells their story and that of the wider Loch Broom region. Discover this area for yourself, with a short pleasure cruise out to the Summer Isles on Loch Broom from Ullapool’s harbour. Also worth a visit from Ullapool is the spectacularly steep-sided Corrieshalloch Gorge, which can be viewed from a suspension bridge, set twelve miles south of the village.
Just short of seventy miles north of Ullapool, Durness is the collective name for a series of scattered coastal hamlets, peppered with a series of lovely beaches, blessed with expansive panoramic views and some excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Puffin colonies can be observed in early summer at Faraid Head, a short walk from the village, whilst the seas around the village hold treasure for scuba divers, including wrecks to explore and large marine life such as seals, dolphins and whales. Local rangers can provide information on the many and varied walks in the area; a good place to begin is the tiny information centre in the village. Pick up information here on sea and trout fishing, walking, from gentle strolls to tackling Ben Hope, Scotland’s most northerly Munro, as well as the unique geology and flora and fauna of the region. Nearby, visit the vast chambers and blow holes of Smoo Cave, in summer and in good weather take a passenger ferry across the Kyle of Durness to Cape Wrath and the highest sea cliffs in the UK, or enjoy a round of golf on mainland Britain’s most northerly course.
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