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Walks around Ullapool by Lindsay Boyd 

Ullapool being just over an hours drive north from Inverness is an ideal base for a few days hill walking. It has a mixture of accommodation from hotels, bed and breakfast establishments to a youth hostel. It also has a variety of restaurants, fish and chip shops and a supermarket, so all tastes can be catered for.

The first piece of advice I will give here is that the west coast of Scotland is normally wetter than the east coast so do come prepared with the appropriate waterproof and walking gear. In saying that if the weather is fine there is no where better to be than in the north-west of Scotland or one of the many Islands off the west coast. If it is hot and sunny, and that does really happen, make sure you have some sunscreen with you as the glens of Scotland can become very hot.

Having spoken about the weather and given you some advice on what to carry I will now suggest some hill walks in and around Ullapool. The views from most of these hills are spectacular in particular those that are close to the sea.

Ullapool Mountains, picture by Lindsay Boyd

To the north of the town is a group of hills in an area known as ‘Coigach’. The highest of these hills at 743 metres is Ben Mor Coigach with its lower neighbours Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Beinn an Eoin. The first two can be combined together for an interesting ridge walk.

Slightly further north on the road to Achiltibuie is Stac Pollaidh with its sandstone pinnacles. A path, recently improved, leads to below the summit, but a short easy scramble is required to reach the highest point.

To the east of Stac Pollaidh is Cul Beag, a very rocky hill which can be linked with its higher cousin Cul Mor. However the area between the two hills is a wilderness with no paths. Only tackle these two mountains together if you have the knowledge and the experience. If not climb them separately using the paths that lead part way up both hills.

Beinn a'Chlaidheimh (Fisherfield Munro) picture by Lindsay Boyd

South-east of Ullapool are a group five Munros, mountains over 3,000 feet. One, Seana Bhraigh, is very remote, although stalker’s paths take you to within a couple of kilometres of the start of the climb. However it is very remote and remember you have to walk back. The remaining four Munros, known locally as the Beinn Dearg group, can be climbed together on a single trip using the path up Gleann na Sguaib. This is also a long day with some significant height to climb to summit all four mountains in one day.

Beinn Dearg

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

South of Ullapool is the famous An Teallach range with its pinnacle ridge including Lord Berkley’s Seat, a leaning pinnacle. This walk isn’t for the faint hearted nor for the inexperienced.

Further to the south is an area known as the Fisherfield Forest. This is a real wilderness area with a few paths but no bridges to ford the rivers which are often swollen after heavy rain. In this area you must be self-sufficient and carry in your own food, cooking and sleeping equipment. There are six Munros in this wilderness area and three Corbetts, mountains between 2,500 and 3,000 feet to climb. There is a bothy where shelter can be obtained but it is locked on weekdays during the main stag stalking season.

Sgurr Ban

Sgurr Ban (Fisherfield) from Corbett Creag Rainich, photograph by Lindsay Boyd

An Teallach

An Teallach and Fisherfield - picture by Lindsay Boyd

Fisherfield and An Teallach

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I hope this gives you an insight into the challenging mountains that surround the town of Ullapool and if you venture out into any of these hills stay safe and enjoy yourself.

Fisherfield, photo by Richard Fisher

Beinn Dearg

Beinn Dearg taken from Beinn Enaiglair (Corbett), photograph by Lindsay Boyd


Lindsay Boyd operates a Scottish hill walking and small group tour guide business. You can find out more about this service on his website "Caledonia Hilltrecks" along with more information on the mountains and walks in Scotland and in the Wester Ross area including Fisherfield and An Teallach, the Fannaichs and Ullapool Hills. You can also keep up-to-date with his hill walking and trekking in Scotland on his "blog".  

We have included a few more of Lindsay's photos below, there are a lot more on his website.

If you are passionate about Scotland and feel you would like to tell the world about it, then please contact us and see if we are able to publish it for free - you are welcome to promote your Scottish tourism business in the article as long as people will enjoy and learn from it.

An Teallach ridge taken from ridge of Beinn Dearg Mor

An Teallach ridge taken from ridge of Beinn Dearg Mor

An Tellach from Beinn Mor Dearg (Corbett) ridge.

A'Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor from Beinn Dearg Mor

Carnmore, Fionn Loch and Corbett Beinn a'Chaisgein Mor from Corbett Beinn Lair.

Sail Mhor and north-east end of An Teallach ridge from Beinn Dearg Mor

BEINN DEARGS FISHERFIELD

BEINN DEARGS FISHERFIELD

 

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