Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom is one of the main tourist spots in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a popular haunt for hill walkers as the area close by is largely mountainous with some inspiring views. The town is also at the mouth of the river Ullapool with sizeable stocks of sea trout and salmon. In a season, the river can yield between 60 and 70 salmon, and although you will need a permit, the best source is near Moss Bridge on its lower reaches.
Ullapool itself is renowned as a fishing centre. Not far from the town, at Elphin, you’ll find the Highland School of Fly Fishing. No matter your skill or experience, they’ll supply the right type of instruction for you in some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. If you’ve ever thought of combining tuition with a vacation, the school provides private guided fly fishing trips and courses. No need to break the bank either as your fishing tackle and tuition is included in one convenient package. For full details call 01854-666-334.
Take a short trip north from Ullapool and you’ll find Assynt and its famous – and countless – limestone lochs. This part of the Highlands is magical with stunning scenery and plenty of choice areas for landing that prized catch. Salmon and trout, some weighing up to six pounds are often caught, but be prepared, these guys don’t give up easily.
The biggest loch in the region is Loch Assynt – six miles long and more than 260 feet deep. It’s also known to get quite blustery, but as its shore and bays yield the best catches, a windy day shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Although fishing on the loch is not permitted on a Sunday, the remainder of the week should be sufficient as both salmon and sea trout are plentiful. The smallest, and possibly the most scenic, is Loch Awe. If you like the idea of combining your fly fishing trip with some island hopping, this loch is ideal. Despite its size – just one mile long – yields are good.
Another large loch in this scattered group is Veyatie. It’s four miles in length and steep-sided. The distinctive peaks of Cul Mor and Suilven are an awesome sight. Head for the north shore if you want the best results. Brown trout of varying sizes are quite common if you can take your eyes off the spectacular scenery.
Fly fishing and scenery aside, Ullapool has no shortage of accommodation. The Blacksmith’s Cottage is close to all the town’s attractions and offers B&B or self catering. Its quaint and traditional white wash and warm welcome makes the cottage, like Ullapool, an ideal spot for a short family break. For booking details call 01854-613-049.