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Tranquil Trails: Easy Walks In and Around Ullapool

Less than a 40-minute drive from the Lodge, Ullapool is a picturesque port village located on the shores of Loch Broom

A popular stop-off on the NC500, Ullapool is known for its stunning natural beauty and offers a variety of activities for locals and visitors alike, including a charming harbour, a thriving arts and crafts scene, and more watersports and boat trips than you can shake a stick at! But before you dive into those, let’s explore four local laid back, family-friendly walks in and around Ullapool, and a little further afield.

1. Ullapool Hill Circuit

  • A classic choice with well-maintained paths.
  • Provides panoramic views of Loch Broom and the Summer Isles.
  • Suitable for all fitness levels.

The Ullapool Hill Circuit is a 2.25-mile long trail that’s suitable for all fitness levels. As you ascend the hill, the shimmering waters of Loch Broom and pretty Ullapool come into view. This easy walk promises a breath of fresh Highland air and a real feast for the eyes. There are plenty of benches spotted about so you can sit down and take it all in.

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2. Rhidorroch Estate Trails

  • Several trails varying in length.
  • Passes through woodlands and along the river.
  • Great for a leisurely stroll.

For those desiring a tranquil walk through woodlands and along the riverbank, the Rhidorroch Estate Trails at Rhidorroch Highland Estate offer a melodic blend of lush countryside, red and sika deer, Highland cows, and sheep. With multiple trails of varying lengths, it's easy to tailor the walk to your pace. Take your time exploring the greenery and relishing the peaceful vibe. These trails are a harmonious escape into the untouched beauty of our gorgeous wee corner of the world.


3. Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve

A twenty-minute drive from Ullapool, Knockan Crag is renowned for its unique geological formations, including the famed Moine Thrust. Visitors can explore the area and learn about the fascinating rock layers that tell the story of ancient Earth.

The Knockan Crag Visitor Centre offers informative exhibits and displays about the geology and history of the region. It's a great starting point to understand the significance of the landscape. The reserve often hosts educational programs and guided tours, providing in-depth insights into the geological processes and the unique ecosystem of the area.

There are well-marked walking trails catering to various levels of fitness. The Knockan Crag Trail, for instance, is a moderate walk that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Ideal for little legs!

The nature enthusiasts among you will appreciate the diverse flora and fauna in the reserve. Keep an eye out for native bird species, and you might even spot some elusive wildlife.

There are designated picnic areas where visitors can take a breather and enjoy the serene surroundings.

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4. Laide Wood Circular Walk

  • An easy 1.4 mile walk through Laide Wood.
  • Features diverse flora and fauna.
  • Perfect for a relaxed nature walk.
Step into enchanting Laide & Aultbea Community Woodland for a circular walk that unfolds like a canvas of diverse flora and fauna. This easy-going trail is a haven for nature lovers, offering glimpses of woodland wildlife and vibrant native plants. Whether you're an avid birder or simply seeking a peaceful walk surrounded by nature's palette, the Laide Wood Circular Walk caters to all. It’s a little further from Ullapool and Inchnadamph, at 1 hour and 1.5 hours respectively, but well worth the drive for some stunningly well-maintained woodland.

Lace Up Your Boots And Get Stuck In! 

Whether you're a solo adventurer, a group of friends hitting the NC500, or a family seeking fun outdoor activities, these trails offer a delightful blend of natural beauty and accessibility. Lace up your boots, breathe in the crisp Highland air, and get stuck in! Then return to the Lodge for a great night’s sleep: book your stay now and start making lifelong memories. 

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