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Scottish Gaelic Ulapul
Coordinates 57 ° 54 ′  N , 5 ° 10 ′  W Coordinates: 57 ° 54 ′  N , 5 ° 10 ′  W
Ullapool (Scotland)
Residents 1541 2011 census
Post town ULLAPOOL
ZIP code section IV26
prefix 01854
Part of the country Scotland
Lieutenancy Area Ross and Cromarty
Council area Highland
Civil Parish Lochbroom
British Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

Ullapool ( Scottish Gaelic Ulapul ) is a coastal village in the county ( Council Area ) Highland in Scotland on Loch Broom . With its 1541 inhabitants, Ullapool is the largest settlement in the very sparsely populated northwestern Highlands .

Ullapool was founded in 1788 as a port for fishing for herring. The harbor is still the center of the town and serves as a point of contact for fishing boats and yachts as well as for the Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to Stornoway on Lewis , the main island of the Outer Hebrides . Ullapool has a small museum, an exhibition hall, a swimming pool and numerous pubs. The small town on the A835 is just as much a central point of contact for hikers and tourists as it is for visitors to the Outer Hebrides. Backpackers have the opportunity to camp on a campsite right by the fjord or to stay in a backpackers ' hostel . A popular hiking destination is Stac Pollaidh, about ten kilometers to the north . To the south of Ullapool, various Munros such as An Teallach or Sgùrr Mòr are destinations for mountaineers and Munro excavators .

Towards the end of the Second World War , the painter and graphic artist Oskar Kokoschka stayed here with his wife Olda for several summer months and drew with colored pencil (a technique he only developed for himself in Scotland) and watercolors of many landscape views from the area.

The Loopallu music festival has been held in September since 2005. It attracts a large number of visitors from the region and from outside.

The UK's smallest radio station, Lochbroom FM, broadcasts in Ullapool .

Impact structure

The largest known meteorite impact on the British Isles occurred around 1.2 billion years ago near Ullapool . Ejecta from the resulting impact crater can be found within a radius of up to 50 kilometers around the place. However, the crater itself is no longer visible on the surface of the earth today.


  • Robert Urquhart (1921–1995), actor, born in Ullapool
  • Tom Patey (1932–1970), mountaineer, worked as a doctor in Ullapool
  • John Kirkbride (* 1946), singer, guitarist and entertainer, was born in Ullapool

Web links

Commons : Ullapool  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Ullapool  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Information from the Scottish Parliament
  2. 2011 census
  3. Richard Calvocoressi : Kokoschka's Highland Journey in The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 129 (1987), pp. 220-225
  4. ^ Universities of Aberdeen and Oxford: Britain's biggest meteorite impact found Media Release: March 26, 2008