History & Culture

Castles, Parks & Gardens

World famous Historic Sites and Monuments dating back centuries

History & Culture

Castles and Ancient Monuments

Some say that Scotland is ‘swimming in’ castles and ancient monuments and this is in part quite true. The best way to find the ones that interest you is to visit the Visit Scotland web site where a comprehensive list can be found.

www.visitscotland.com

Ullapool Museum

For a small village in the remote Highlands Ullapool has a surprisingly accomplished and well thought of museum. If you have an interest in discovering more about Ullapool and the surrounding area this is the place to visit.

ullapoolmuseam.co.uk

“Visit us to learn about the social history of Lochbroom through displays on crofting, fishing, the “klondykers” and more”.

Gardens & Parks

Geo Parks

There a number of Geo Parks in the North West Highlands and the one at Elphin, just a few miles north of Ullapool, is spectacular and educational at the same time.

Well worth a visit to discover the distant history of events that founded this great region of geological interest.

www.nwhgeopark.com

Inverewe Gardens

To the south of Coorie on the road to Gairloch you will find the Inverewe Gardens an excellent National Trust for Scotland property at Poolewe on the shores of Loch Ewe. Well worth a visit even if gardens are not your usual fair.

The collection of trees and subtropical plants from all over the world is extraordinary and only possible due to the efforts made by the Victorian plant collector, Oswald MacKenzie.

Plants grow here that really should not be viable in these latitudes due to the beneficial effect of the Gulf Stream that impacts on the whole area as the warm current meets the coast of the North West Highlands. There is also a good restaurant and gift shop.

www.nts.org.uk/inverewe

Attadale Gardens

On the way to Applecross or Skye the road passes the Attadale Gardens on the shores of Loch Carron. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours and the Victorian fern garden is for me the highlight. A good place to stop off on your way to places further south.

www.attadalegardens.com

Lechmelm Gardens, Ullapool

Found on the A835 road into Ullapool, this garden has a magnificent collection of trees and is well worth a visit. Some of the trees are recognised as the best specimens in the UK.