The Ceilidh Place

Ullapool, Highland

‘As ever, very enjoyable, and three minutes from the ferry terminal. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘As ever, very enjoyable, and three minutes from the ferry terminal.’ The Urquhart family’s ‘busy, buzzy’ café/bar, bookshop, hotel and cultural hub hits all the right notes. It began in 1970 when the late character actor Robert Urquhart opened a café in a boatshed in this fishing village, invited musicians to play, and fed them. In time it expanded into adjoining cottages, to create a ‘warren of rooms’ that somehow feels ‘open and spacious’. Music events and art exhibitions are a staple, yet it is ‘a haven of peace’. Simple, pretty bedrooms have a Roberts radio, well-chosen books. Guests can take tea and coffee in the beamed first-floor parlour with its armchairs, library, honesty bar, pantry and piano. If you’re on a tight budget, take a bunk in the Clubhouse. ‘A lovely log-burner’ blazes in the restaurant which looks on to the garden. Scott Morrison cooks fine bistro fare. ‘We enjoyed smoked haddock chowder; grilled mackerel with apple coleslaw; beef and boar olives, spinach, grain mustard mash.’ Breakfast brings porridge, a kipper, a full Scottish or full veggie. Jock Urquhart is manager; ‘bantering’ with staff, ‘doing everything with a smile’. (Christine and Philip Bright, GC)

Hotel details


12–14 West Argyle Street
IV26 2TY


01854 612103


13. 10 with facilities 
en suite, plus 11 in Clubhouse across car park.


all year except from 3 Jan for three weeks.


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

Background music

‘eclectic’ in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B £132–£180 (rooms in Bunkhouse £24–£32 per person). À la carte £26.