in Ullapool and the Highlands

fresh local seafood, poultry and game – the best Scotland has to offer

Eating Out Locally

There are many and varied opportunities to eat out in the area and below we have a selection that we feel able to recommend, starting with Ullapool. A wider selection can be view by visiting the official Ullapool website:

The Seafood Shack

A real favourite with all our guests is the Seafood Shack which has won many awards and developed an international reputation for delivering interesting and exquisitely fresh seafood dishes in an al fresco setting. No need to book – just turn up and wait your turn. You will soon see how it all works. A real must and can easily be visited during one of Nigel’s boat trips across the loch.

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The Frigate

Found on the front just down from Boots. Convivial atmosphere somewhat ‘bistro’ is character. Great coffee shop and the food is excellent. Some of the ‘sweets’ for after are outrageous.

Good for a lunch with a cheeky bottle of wine.

The Royal Hotel

One of the oldest hotel in the area, the Royal has recently undergone a major renovation and the restaurant is rapidly gaining a very good reputation for fine dining with a distinctly Italian flavour.

The Ferry Boat Inn

Locally known as the ‘FBI’. Great seafood. Another favourite with our guests and a good meal can be assured. Essentially a pub with restaurant, the FBI boasts fabulous views across the harbour and up the loch to the mountains beyond.

A great place for a boozy lunch before coming back to Coorie in the afternoon:

Margot’s Café

Wonderful café with excellent food including vegan dishes. Found upstairs from the North West Outdoors shop. Across the road they also have an ice-cream shop doing amazing ‘Gelato’ creations.

The Arch inn

The Arch is a fine pub / restaurant on the waterfront just along from the ferry terminal. Wonderful atmosphere and perhaps the most favoured by locals. Either restaurant dining or pub meals are just as good as the other.


The Applecross Inn

One of the best known pubs in Scotland. They have won more best pub of the year awards than you can count. The food is stunning and this place is well worth a visit despite the road trip that is just over two hours from Coorie.

However, you will get to traverse the Bealach Na Baa Pass, one the highest mountain roads in the UK. An experience worth the trip alone. The road is often closed with snow in the winter so a check on the forecast is advised. When you do get there, the seafood is extraordinary. No one comes away disappointed.

High season the pass can get busy so best to avoid the peak times.

The Summer Isles Hotel

Found at Achiltibuie The Summer Isles Hotel is renowned as an oasis of civilisation tucked away in the ruggedly beautiful, wild and untouched landscape of the Western Scottish Highlands.

The hotel is a favourite destination for food lovers, outdoor adventurers and for those looking for peace, tranquility and fresh air. Guests come here to embrace the beautiful wilderness of the surrounding islands and mountains.

We have the Gulf Stream at the foot of the croft, but the weather can be anything from Arctic to Aegean inside a week.

The Old Inn – Gairloch

Beautiful old and traditional coaching inn with restaurant. Discover top quality seafood and Highland hospitality at one Scotland’s classic Inns. Overlooking Gairloch harbour on the west coast of Scotland.

The Old Inn is well known in Scotland and beyond for its friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere whether guests are enjoying the accommodation, the outstanding seafood or the real ales that have won The Old Inn “pub of the year” awards. Always a good choice if you are venturing south of Coorie.

Less than an hour to get there and well worth a visit if you are going to the Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe.

The Kylesku Hotel

This hotel / restaurant has improved radically over recent years and is well worth a trip to the north of Ullapool – about an hour and a half. Lou and I had breakfast here in 1976 on a camping holiday.

In those days the only way across the loch was a small car ferry and we had to wait for the first sailing – so what better to do than have breakfast after an awful night in a tent!

The hotel is much larger now and the restaurant is rapidly gaining a wide reputation for the quality of the food and the amazing views from all of the tables out across the loch.

Well worth the trip.

The Pie shop – Lochinver

This is a ‘gem’ if you want the most filling lunch around. Voted one of the best bistro style eateries in the Highlands. The pies here have become internationally famous and they continue to mail order pies all over the UK and abroad. Make sure you are hungry before settling on this choice. I can guarantee that you will discover pies that you have never heard of.