This walk can be done fairly easily in 1.5 to 2.5 hours, with the total distance coming in at around 5 miles.
The walk is a mixture of town pavements and off-road paths which are in good condition, however they can get fairly muddy after a downpour. The maximum ascent is about 280m which walkers of average fitness should have no problem with.
About Ullapool Hill and the Braes Walk
The beautiful town of Ullapool is the starting point for this walk where you will begin at the harbour, which is a perfect place to take photos of Loch Broom. The harbour is also a great place to get a refreshment from one of several cafes at both the beginning and end of your journey.
The nature reserves around Ullapool are the home to a wide variety of Scotland’s wildlife, and walkers can delight in looking out for pine martens, wildcats, buzzards and golden eagles, amongst others. The surrounding hills draw in thousands of tourists every year who delight in hiking through the thick purple heather in the summertime, but this walk is well worth doing at any time of year.
As you follow the walking trail you will head into the Braes which are a popular hiking area for tourists throughout the year, with the highest point on the rocky outcrop of Meall Mor offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Don’t forget to take your camera either because the meandering Ullapool River flows into Loch Achall in the distance, which is a magnificent photo opportunity.
From the harbour follow Shore Street to the junction of Mill Street and head north up the A835 through the town centre. At the junction of Broom Park road turn off the A835 and head west until you reach the sign for Ullapool Hills. From here you will pass through a wooden gate and begin the climb up into the hills.
The path here is well worn so just follow it until you reach a red and white marker post which is a great place to stop and admire the view over the town. Continue following the main path until you reach a metal indicator which details the view of the surrounding hills and lochs, and keep left at the next path junction.
When you reach the next fork in the path, follow the red markers and climb up to the summit of Meall Mor for some amazing views across Loch Broom and Loch Achall before retracing your steps back to the path fork. Continue following the white markers on the left until you reach the gate that leads into the forest, head through the plantation, and pass through another gate near a mobile phone tower.
At this point you will be back on man-made roads which will lead you near a housing estate and towards the A835. Turn right at the first T-junction, then right again at the second, and continue down to the pavement onto the A835. Follow this road all the way back to Ullapool harbour and admire the views at the side of Loch Broom as you walk alongside it.
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.