The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool, Highland

Whether you want a ceilidh, a hooley or a quiet read, a drink or bistro meal, a bed or bunk, the Urquhart family’s hotel, in a fishing village set amid rugged mountains on the east shore of Loch Broom, can accommodate you. More

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Whether you want a ceilidh, a hooley or a quiet read, a drink or bistro meal, a bed or bunk, the Urquhart family’s hotel, in a fishing village set amid rugged mountains on the east shore of Loch Broom, can accommodate you. It is more than 50 years since actor Robert Urquhart opened a café in a boatshed and invited musicians to play in exchange for a meal. This lively social hub is still a place for music gigs, but now with gallery space, bookshop, restaurant and bar, having spread itself across adjoining whitewashed cottages. Bedrooms have a pleasing simplicity, no TV but a retro radio, and an eclectic mix of books chosen by customers. There is a first-floor guest lounge with a balcony, pantry, tea and coffee facilities, and an honesty bar if you don’t want to scrum down with the punters on a busy night. For 16 years chef Scott Morrison has been serving up dishes such as Loch Broom langoustine, venison burger, steak pie with rumblethumps (bubble and squeak), and veggie options. If you’re on a shoestring, you can sleep in the Clubhouse. Breakfast brings kippers, smoked haddock, a full Scottish or vegan.

Hotel details

Address

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

Telephone

01854 612103

Bedrooms

13. 10 with facilities en suite, 3 sharing bathroom and shower room, plus 11 in Clubhouse (max. 
32 guests).

Open

all year except from 5 Jan for 3 weeks.

Facilities

bar, lounge, café/restaurant, bookshop, conference/function facilities, wedding facilities, 2-acre garden, parking, public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-5s free, £30 a night for 5–10s.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£12 per dog per stay, not unattended) and throughout.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £132, singles from £100 (bunk-beds in Clubhouse £24–£32 per person). À la carte £30.