The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool, Highland

With bookshop and bar, coffee shop, restaurant and events space, the Urquhart family’s hotel in a fishing village on Loch Broom hums with activity. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

With bookshop and bar, coffee shop, restaurant and events space, the Urquhart family’s hotel in a fishing village on Loch Broom hums with activity. Opened in 1970 by the late actor Robert Urquhart, it began as a café in a boatshed, where musicians could sing for their supper. Subsuming surrounding cottages, it grew and diversified, and now has characterful bedrooms, each with a Roberts radio, well-thumbed paperbacks, no TV. Readers on a third visit had ‘a large, modern twin room at the back, with lots of clunky wood but a rooftop view’. Those on a budget bunk down in the Clubhouse across the car park. ‘There’s free tea and coffee to be made in the upstairs lounge’, with library, pantry and piano. ‘We used the honesty bar to save queuing downstairs.’ Scott Morrison’s eclectic menus are ‘bistro style, which suits us fine’. Typical choices include wild venison pie, chickpea, spinach and sweet potato tagine, and Loch Broom langoustine. At breakfast there is porridge, kippers, a full Scottish or full veggie. The bar has been refurbished since last year – not that anyone was complaining. (C and PB)

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 3 Jan for 3 weeks.

Facilities

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

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, no charge for under-5s, £30 a night for 5–10s.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £132–£180 (rooms in Clubhouse £24–£32 per person). À la carte £30.