The Ceilidh Place

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‘Highly recommended’ by a guest this year, Jean Urquhart’s ‘unique’ hotel/bar/bookshop is close to the harbour of this fishing village. It began life in 1970 when Jean Urquhart’s actor husband, the late Robert Urquhart, opened a café in a boatshed where musicians could sing for their supper. From there it grew into adjacent cottages, creating a warren of public rooms. The ‘enormous’ beamed lounge has an honesty bar and a pantry for tea or coffee. Simple, country-style bedrooms are supplied with thoughtfully chosen books, a radio but no TV, and no hospitality tray because ‘we don’t like UHT milk and instant coffee’. In the buzzy dining room, chef Scott Morrison serves ‘eclectic Scottish’ fare ‘with spice’, using mainly local, organic produce. Comments have been mixed: ‘Friendly service from European staff,’ says a reader who enjoyed an ‘excellent dinner’. A returning visitor in 2015 was less impressed and thought the staff ‘needed more training’. The menu might have local fish and shellfish – smoked haddock chowder, mussels in cream sauce, spiced crab, for instance; perhaps braised ox cheek, beef and ale casserole.
  • Our room was smallish, comfortable,and it faced Loch Broom. There is a relaxing lounge upstairs with a balcony, a kitchenette and an honesty bar. The food is bistro style, and we enjoyed delicacies such as John Dory, spicy crab, and chowder. Non-residents queued for the very popular restaurant. THe local Scottish staff were friendly.

    G C, 20/06/2016

  • A lovely, welcoming hotel. Our bedroom was large and comfortable, in tasteful rustic country house style. A bonus was the gorgeous, rambling, enormous guests’ lounge and the little kitchen where you can help yourself to tea and coffee. In the lively main dining room, cooking was good rather than brilliant, rustic and flavourful. Very good Scottish breakfast. Service was friendly, informal and very efficient.

    S.M., 14/05/2013

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Local attractions

Ullapool
A picturesque fishing village.
Stornoway
Ferry trips to the island.
Ullapool Golf Club
A 9-hole course on the edge of Loch Broom.

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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

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    These entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

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  • Book vouchers

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Contact Details

The Ceilidh Place

12–14 West Argyle Street ULLAPOOL Highland Scotland IV26 2TY

Telephone

01854 612103

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

13. 10 with facilities en suite, plus 11 in Bunkhouse across road.

Open

all year except 7–21 Jan.

Facilities

bar, parlour, café/bistro, restaurant, bookshop, conference/function/wedding facilities, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden, only public areas suitable for disabled.

Background music

'eclectic' in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

welcomed, not in breakfast room.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

Per person B&B £62–£84 (rooms in bunkhouse from £23). À la carte £27.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates