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Friday 18 October 2019   Issue No 2358


Applications open for six mid-market rental homes in Ullapool

Applications are now open for six new mid-market rental homes in Ullapool, delivered by Highland Housing Alliance.

The homes at Glenfield Park, four two-bedroom cottage flats and two three-bedroom villas, will be available to rent from 12 December 2019, with construction nearing completion.

Constructed to a high quality and modern design, the homes are suitable for individuals, couples or families, at a rental cost of between £480 and £550 per calendar month. These properties form part of a wider 49-home mixed development at the former Glenfield Hotel site, with six available for rent from Highland Housing Alliance, eight affordable homes from Cairn Housing Association and a further 20 affordable homes available from The Highland Council. A further 15 properties on this development are for sale from Compass Building & Construction Services.

The application deadline for the six Highland Housing Alliance homes is 31 October 2019.

Highland Housing Alliance chief executive, Gail Matheson, said: “We’re pleased to be inviting applications for our Glenfield Park properties. This is the first mid-market rental development that we have done in Ullapool and we would encourage anyone interested in the homes to get in touch.

“Our homes will come complete with carpets, blinds, oven, hob and extractor unit. The design and finish of the homes looks great and we have some fantastic images on our web site.”

For further information about the development and to apply, visit:  Highland Housing Alliance is a registered Scottish Letting Agent, registration number LARN1808004. 


Expansion for CalMac’s Community Fund  

Demand from west coast youth groups for CalMac’s new Community Fund has been so strong the company are expanding it.  The ferry and harbour operator is looking for a further round of applications from non-profit organisations looking for support for a project or activity that will benefit young people aged 26 and under. Organisations based in a mainland port or island the company serves can apply for £500 to £2000.  

Organisations who have applied unsuccessfully are welcome to submit a new application, but successful applicants cannot apply again.  Application form and full terms and conditions at



Weather Report for Tuesday 8th October - Monday 14th October

max temp 13.8C = 57F min temp 5.2C = 41F

Not stunning temperatures but it could have been worse. We only had 33mm of rain and that was mostly early on in the week. There were good periods of sunshine on offer from time to time. Can we yet have an Indian summer? Let's hope so!  SB


Friday 11 October 2019   Issue No 2357


Update on Local Lad’s Rugby Progress with WRU

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Benjamin Lewis-Ing has been selected into the Welsh Rugby Unions U16 Exiles program.

This is the WRU's "5th regional Academy"  and for Welsh qualified players who live outside of Wales.

This will mean travelling down to South Wales every couple of months for training camps and matches. His last trip was down to Monmouth at the end of September for a Camp and Match.


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Many thanks to all the people who joined the party to celebrate 25 years since the launch of the Fairtrade Mark. The Coffee Morning on Saturday 5 October at the Church of Scotland hall was a cheerful, sociable occasion with some delicious Fairtrade baking (THANK YOU to all our bakers) and there were even, as promised, some Fairtrade party games!

The winner of the final prize of Pass the Parcel (a Fairtrade mug) was Henrietta Macdonald, though there were some small Fairtrade goodies at each unwrapping! The closest guess for the number of Fairtrade raisins in the jar was 777, made by Candace Guite who gets to keep the jar of raisins!

The Quiz, from the Fairtrade Foundation, was generally reckoned to be quite tricky but generated some useful discussion about Fairtrade! It was won jointly by Irene Duthie and Jane Adrian, who each had the most correct answers. They will both be receiving a large block of Fairtrade chocolate!

The Fairtrade Pop-Up Shop did some brisk trade. The next chance to buy from it will be on Friday 1 November between 11am and 1pm at the Church of Scotland hall though it is also available whenever the church is open.

Thanks to Heidi Hercus and the Church of Scotland for the use of the lovely venue and to the Macphail Centre & Ullapool Youth Work for the loan of display boards. Also to Ullapool High School pupils for designing the posters. And thank you Alex for fetching and carrying!

The sum of £124.76 from donations has been sent to the Fairtrade Foundation. The need for Fairtrade and the fair deal this small but powerful Mark represents, is as acute as ever. The Fairtrade Minimum Price protects against unfair and volatile prices, while the Fairtrade Premium supports people to bring about real change in their communities. That means children going to school, whole villages drinking clean water, farmers being able to grow their businesses and women raising their voices - the list goes on.   Shoppers, communities, schools, places of worship, progressive businesses - and, of course, farmers and workers themselves - have all played a role in making these changes possible.

If you would like to join Ullapool Fairtrade Group to help in this process, why not come along to our next meeting which is on Wednesday 6 November at 7.30pm in Ullapool village hall committee room. New members are always welcome! We need washers-up, bakers, display makers, people with ideas, social media whizz kids - in fact everyone has something to offer.

For info on Fairtrade, go to the Fairtrade Foundation website: or the Scottish Fair Trade Forum www.

Ullapool Fairtrade Group

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Friday 4 October 2019   Issue No 2356



"Here Comes the Sun” is the latest video directed by Ullapool-born Alasdair Brotherston and his creative partner Jock Mooney. It is a new visual interpretation of the George Harrison song and it marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ classic Abbey Road album.

Alasdair and Jock have made films for The Beatles, David Gilmour, Channel 4 and Coldplay and brands such as Land Rover, Bacardi and Coca Cola. Their award winning work has been screened at festivals world-wide, projected onto Buckingham Palace and blogged about by Kanye.

They live in London, love cats and are represented by Trunk, a BAFTA award winning animation studio.

In the new film, we see the sun rise above the band’s instruments, to the gentle acoustic guitar accompaniment of the song’s introduction. Animated footage inspired by the famous zebra-crossing cover of the 1969 album is also seen, along with Apple Corps archive photography and images and footage that were created by Linda McCartney and supplied by Paul McCartney.

Alasdair commented to the Ullapool News "It was very nerve-wracking making a video for a song that people love so much".

You can watch the video on, where it has already received, at time of going to press, over 5 million views since it was premiered on 26 September 2019! To see Alasdair and Jock’s other projects go their website:  



Loopallu bowed out on a high after 15 fantastic years, with tears and joy in equal amounts.

The festival finished with a rousing set by local favourites Hunter and the Bear, who have developed in parallel with Loopallu.

The weather was benign over the weekend, without any of the heavy rain or gale force winds of previous years, although the high tide did make it look like the festival was floating on the loch.  Festival goers have been attending from all over the country, and this year was no different, a mixture of locals and those from further afield made up the audience, some for their first time, but many returning to their favourite little event.  Between music sets fans moved from the large blue tent on the small stage in the outdoor area, with entertaining sets from stalwarts of the Loch Broom scene, including Ruairidh Maclean and The Little Mammoths. The Gin and Prosecco and Bar tents fuelled the craic, and the merchandise tent was always busy. There was activity throughout the village, with fringe gigs in pubs after the main line-up finished.

The weekend started as usual with the Ullapool Pipe Band marching down from the Village Hall and setting the local tone. On this, the final year, most of the bands were from Scotland or had strong local connections. Quite fitting, given the setting and the intimate nature of Loopallu.  There were too many bands to list here, but on Friday afternoon Davy Cowan gave an early lively set, and later Bombskare got the audience moving with their high energy Ska. On Saturday HYYTS upped the dynamism before The Rezillos played a set with newer numbers amongst their classic songs. As Loop neared the end, Peat and Diesel and The Vatersay boys provided a raucous local vigour, setting up the final act, Hunter and The Bear, and then an emotional thank you to the Loopallu team.

Changes to tourism in the region and the village have meant that it is quite difficult to provide the accommodation for enough festival goers. After midnight I saw groups walking up Morefield hill to get back to Ardmair campsite, and most will have noticed camper vans parked up in the Latheron car park and on the streets. The village has changed and the tourist season has extended, in many respects Loopallu has achieved its aim of helping put Ullapool on the map, but in the process made it difficult for the festival to continue.

Loopallu was an extraordinary little festival punching above its weight in a village that itself punches above its weight. The weekend may not have appealed to everyone, and may even have upset a few, but overall it has magnificently added to the lure and lore of Ullapool.  
  None of this would have been possible without the knowledge, contacts, effort and commitment of        Robert Hicks, the two venues,  and a huge group of volunteers too numerous to mention.

It may be over now, but it happened and it was  extraordinary.

Thank you all!



& other News from the Pringles

On the train heading back from London after an amazing couple of days. Finlay, through the staff he met at the A Focus On Nature conference, was invited behind the scenes of the Natural History Museum to view their extensive shark collection. He spent a very happy hour chatting with the head curator of fish about their shared passion for sharks. Reason enough for the Ullapool Shark Ambassador to head to London you would think, but the main reason for the trip was to attend the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards. Finlay had been nominated in the Young Animal Hero category for all his wildlife and climate campaigning.  It was a very posh do and we had a lovely meal with Gillian Burke (Springwatch) and Chris Packham CBE on our table of 8! 

The awards started and thankfully Finlay's category was second so he didn't too long to wait. Well when the video started the penny finally dropped that he had won! He spoke with Steve Backshall and his wife Helen Glover about what he had been doing and was then presented with his award by Liz Bonin and Ben Fogle, who both went out of their way to say what a fantastic young man he was. They both plan to be in touch to discuss future events.  The surrealness continued next morning as Finlay was invited on to the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC2 to talk about his award and all his campaign work.  During dinner Finlay and Chris Packham discussed his shark fin campaign and Chris offered to help set up a parliamentary petition to raise awareness over the issue. Chris himself was there to present an award and also to receive the Outstanding Contribution award for all his amazing campaign work protecting wildlife and continuing to 'Shout above the noise' even in the face of all the abuse and death threats he receives.

Heading home to Ullapool for a wee rest before Friday's climate strike, hopefully see some of you there - The Pringles.

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Friday 27 September 2019   Issue No 2355


Goodbye Davey … and thank you

Saturday (28th) sees the last day of trading for our butchers shop Food For Thought. Davey Gordon has been running the business on West Shore Street, Ullapool for 29½ years and he and his team of Ian Cushnie and Rory Stewart will be greatly missed. It is always sad to see small local shops close and we wish Davey a very happy and healthy well-deserved retirement.     Eds


Gino's Cantina is in The Broom shop

all day Saturday 28th September with home-made treats.

We are raising desperately needed funds to provide 2 hot meals weekly for 130 underprivileged children in a gypsy village in Transylvania.   Gino has made many friends in Ullapool and is hugely grateful for the support from Effie MacKenzie and her tireless friends. Next will be a Halloween disco for tots to year 7 on 26 October.   Again thanks for this go to Effie's pals who support her in doing this for her birthday on Halloween. 


Ullapool Village Hall Market and Fair

The Winter Market will be on the evening of Friday 22ndand all day Saturday 23rd November and will be for local crafters to sell their products. The cost per table is £20. Book for this market by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject heading WINTER MARKET stating what you plan selling what so we can make sure there is a mix of stalls.

The Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 7th December and is for local organisations/charity groups. The cost per table will be £10. At the time of this being sent to UN there are still some table available. Applications for a table from local organisations or charities should be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject heading CHRISTMAS FAIR.                Please say what you plan to sell.


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A Base jumper has miraculously survived after hitting a rock face and falling on to “vicious terrain”.  Sam Percival (35) from Lancashire jumped from a pinnacle 3,379ft high on An Teallach, Dundonnell.   Wind sent his parachute into a spin and he smashed into a rock face, fell and hit a slope, only managing to regain control after falling into a pile of rocks which stopped him plummeting down a deadly vertical drop. Lord Berkeley’s Seat is 1,030m above sea level and has a mostly vertical drop of at least 500m on its north face.  Mr Percival escaped with bruises and a sprained wrist and ankle. Police alerted Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team and he was evacuated in due course from the mountain by Rescue 151 to Dundonnell MRT base at the foot of the mountain.


Friday 20 September 2019   Issue No 2354


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Saturday 21 September

ELPHIN CHICKEN DAY has been re-scheduled after being cancelled last week due to bad weather.

Come along to Elphin Community Hall 1 - 4.30pm for loads of chicken related fun!



Friday 13 September 2019   Issue No 2353


Thanks from Deli-ca-sea

Mairi, Cameron and myself would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Ullapool fire fighters for the super efficient response and professional approach to the fire at the shop on Monday morning.  There is no doubt that their speed in attending the incident prevented what could have been a major disaster.  Knowing that we have such a team of guys within the village, is simply “a huge peace of mind”.

Please note that Deli-ca-sea Fish and Chip Shop, West Shore Street, Ullapool 

will be closed until further notice


Ullapool Bookshop is honoured to be featured in a 2 page interview with photographs, in the bi-monthly 'Booktime Magazine' !

Available free to collect from Ullapool Bookshop and all independent bookshops throughout the UK


Two Ullapool Children took part in A Focus On Nature (AFON) conference held in the Natural History Museum in London last Thursday.   ( )

This was a two day event to highlight the amazing, positive work young people are doing to campaign and protect wildlife and the natural environment.

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Ullapool Garden of Reflection Treasure Hunt - Saturday 7th Sept.   Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising event which took teams around the village using cunning clues. Well done to the winning team The Rambling Raigies who won the £50 prize with the quickest time. The hamper was won by Isobel Cowie, and Joan Buchanan guessed the birthday of The China Lady.

Thank you to Jessie, Keith and Tracey, and Callum for his wonderful accordion playing, Julie and the Macphail Centre, Bev and Tony, all the teams that took part and everyone who came along and helped to raise £313.24. Thank you!



Friday 6 September 2019   Issue No 2352


UGOR Treasure Hunt

around the village will now take place on Saturday 7th September starting at the High School from 3pm to 5pm. Entry £10 per team (Teams of 2-6 people including at least one adult) Prize of £50 to team with best time. Music, baking, teas, raffle.

Come along and enjoy the fun!




‘Real to Reel’, the new name for Ullapool film club. After a very successful season of films shown earlier in the year, using the Ferry terminal Building on a Sunday evening, as our venue, we now want to begin a new season.

Starting the evening of Sunday, 13th October, showing a film once every three weeks to take us through the Winter months to April 2020. To achieve this we now must register, have a membership, be a club run by a small working group. To make ourselves legal, there has to be some structure and formality.

The Ferry Terminal building has proved to be a perfect venue. This is soon to be fitted with permanent equipment, a screen, speakers, projector and cushions, made possible by the support and goodwill of the Ullapool Harbour Trust, with the backing of Kevin Peach.

We have a bank account and money enough to get us started. Now we need to set up a working group to help decide on choice of films, organise publicity, assist with cinema evenings. Lots of people have already expressed an interest in wanting to be involved, now please come to a meeting, express your views and be part of the excitement, well at least, voice how we decide what films to show and how we set up a membership

We are therefore MEETING on Thursday, 12th September, 7.30 pm at Westlea House, 2 Market Street. Please come along and join or contact Tim Gauntlett or Terry Rose, to register your interest in becoming part of the working group, a club member or to provide offers of assistance.



The news that a form of temporary road repair is due to take place this month is very welcome, but this is NOT a permanent solution.  The decision on the Capital Roads Programme for 2020/21 will be made by the Wester Ross Committee consisting of our local Councillors, at a meeting later this year.

To ensure that this road is given the priority it deserves, interested residents of Lochside and other road users might like to contact their elected Ward 5 Councillors by letter or email, to express their concerns and the urgency of the situation. It’s very important that this road is given priority for substantial and lasting repair:

Biz Campbell,  Coach House, Glenshiel, By Kyle IV40 8HW, 

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Ian Cockburn c/o Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX, 

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Alex MacInnes, Proterra, Achintraid, Kishorn IV54 8XB, 

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Derek MacLeod, Polisard, Lonemore, Strath, Gairloch IV21 2DA, 

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Friday 30 August 2019   Issue No 2351



Ullapool has bid farewell to Jack and Barbara Jackson after 40+ years in the village.

Familiar faces in various jobs in the area, Barbara was, amongst other things, the advertising manager at the Ullapool News for longer than any of us can remember until her retirement last Christmas.

We are sure many people will join us in wishing them every happiness as they settle down in their new home closer to family.

Best wishes from us all at the Ullapool News.



A rare carved Pictish stone has been found at an early Christian church site near Dingwall.

The find, described by experts as being of “national importance” and is thought to have been carved around 1200 years ago.  

The slab is decorated with a number of Pictish symbols, including mythical beasts, oxen and an animal-headed warrior, and measures 5ft by 2ft. 

The stone was found and recovered by the North of Scotland Archaeological Society.

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What else is in this week's edition?

Kinder Croft Open Day…                      page 10

Letters…                                               pages 18 & 19

Tide Tables…                                        page 24

REMEMBRANCE…                              page 29

Gardening Column by Rosie…             page 30

Fishing Tackle Sale this weekend..       page 37

SALT Pop-Up Event @ Glencanisp Lodge…                                     page 36

Primary School Open Day & Ross Sutherland Rugby…                    page 38

Open Doors Day at Clachan…             page 41




Ullapool Garden of Reflection's Treasure Hunt 

Saturday 31st August 3 - 5pm 




Friday 23 August 2019   Issue No 2350


Lochbroom Royal British Legion (Scotland)

is delighted to announce that  

Alastair MacRae (Aldy)

has been conferred as an Honorary Member of the Royal British Legion (Scotland).  This is in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the Legion over a number of years, including 33 years as Chairman of the Lochbroom Branch.  We are sure the community will join the Committee and Members of the Lochbroom Branch in congratulating Aldy on this well-deserved recognition. 


The Sea Savers and Living Seas continue to support calls for a Scottish Environment Bill. If you haven’t done so, please visit to see how you can help, and ask local MSPs to support, calls to put better protection in place for our environment and wildlife after Brexit when there is a serious risk of current protection being watered down. The Sea Savers are one of the official support groups for this – it would be great if you could help too… N. Hawkins

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As the people of Iceland mourn the loss of their first glacier with the unveiling of a bronze plaque, the German newspaper Deutsche Welle has reported that Iceland is losing approximately

11 billion tons of ice per year.

….and still some people are refusing to acknowledge climate change….. Eds

**Also in this week's edition details of the Marine Weekend Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August at Ullapool Harbour on the back page. Also see Annat Bay Report on pages 30 and 31 & full details of the annual fishing competition on page 20. (Saturday 24 August).**


Friday 16 August 2019   Issue No 2349




Many congratulations to you all!

To everyone who rowed, sailed, and cruised out to meet us, to everyone who stood on the Point blowing horns and waving banners, to everyone who cheered us ashore on the beach, to everyone who donated and helped to fundraise, organise and support our efforts: THANK YOU. Ullapool, you are awesome.

The welcome we received was an incredible way to end our voyage.

Anthony, Gary, John, Kathryn & Lorraine. We Rowed the Minch for MS!

On Monday 12 August 2019, Anthony O’Flaherty, Gary Lewis, John Grant, Kathryn Bennett and Lorraine Thomson Rowed the Minch for MS. We left Stornoway at 4.10am and landed on the beach in Ullapool at 6.30pm, taking 14 hours and 20 minutes to complete our challenge in adverse conditions.

Multiple Sclerosis affects many people in our community, not only those diagnosed with the disease, but also their families, friends and other carers, and so from the start we wanted the community to be involved with our challenge. On Monday, that commitment was paid back tenfold. The reception we got was overwhelming. We knew there would likely be a skiff out to meet us and that Noel would be coming to Rhue in his boat, but we didn’t expect anything like the flotilla that joined us for the last stretch.

We had a rough crossing on the ferry on Sunday and there were a few doubts about whether we should make the attempt on Monday, but these were cast aside with the arrival of Andy, Mike and Topher on Lady Nicola, our safety boat. They predicted that we’d have a rough five hours in the middle but reckoned we should have a crack at it.

Accompanied by skiffs, yachts and Lady Nicola, we departed Stornoway marina at 4.10am. We rowed out under the stars on calm waters and it was simply beautiful. Daylight broke and we were delighted by the sight of a pod of dolphins cavorting around us. The sea was still calm at that point and so we enjoyed the moment before hitting the swell. At first, it was big and easy, but as we pushed on the wind got up. The forecast had promised us westerlies by the afternoon. These would have helped, but instead the wind persisted from the south and so we were battered on the beam all day which made for tough going. We had to bail out several times and the main worry was that we’d get swamped and would have to abort.

One thing we didn’t prepare for and hadn’t even considered, was sea sickness. It had never happened before, but three of us were struck. We’ll spare you the gory details, suffice to say the sound of fluids violently emitted will be forever with us.

It was tough rowing all the way, but despite the slog there was no whingeing and plenty of laughter. At one point we played a game of guess the tune which resulted in us singing the theme tune to Dallas in the middle of the Minch.

As we reached the calmer waters around the Summer Isles – calmer being a relative term - we were joined by Coigach Lass. There was some enjoyable banter between the two skiffs and their company perked us up. Drawing closer to Loch Broom we were joined by the most wonderful array of watercraft. Our hearts were bursting as they cruised by to say hello and encourage us on with whoops of delight. It was a thrill to receive a blast on the horn from the MV Loch Seaforth and incredibly moving to receive a rower’s salute from the skiffs.

As we reached the point, banners were waved, horns blasted, and cheers raised. Anthony’s wife, Anne, was aboard Noel’s boat and played the fiddle as we came around the point and then we heard the sound of Ruairidh Kelly playing the pipes on the beach and the roar of the crowd as we arrived. We all sat a little straighter and had to fight back the tears. It was uplifting, humbling, and overwhelming. We are so grateful to be part of this community.

We are still processing everything we went through, but what we can say at this point is that Rowing the Minch for MS was an incredible experience from start to finish. We are truly thankful to everyone who supported us on Monday and over the past year. Although it seems almost unfair to pick out a few names, special thanks are due to the crew aboard Lady Nicola, to Janette Macrae, Christine Crook and Jeanette Mackenzie for their lovely support on the day, and to Becky Urquhart for giving us a quiet spot in the Ceilidh Place to gather for an hour or so before going our separate ways. There is also another group of people who deserve special mention. Many thanks to our spouses, Anne, Charlie, Linda, Joan and Paul, for putting up with endless rowing talk and all the weekends devoted to #MinchRow over the past year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

We haven’t finished with the fundraising yet and our page will remain open for donations until 15 January 2020. In the words of the legendary Steven Gourlay, it’s never too late to donate.

Many, many thanks to you all, from Anthony, Gary, John, Kathryn & Lorraine x


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This year's annual fundraiser  ODDBALLS the "fancy dress three leg pub crawl quiz" saw a good turn out of participants competing for the much coveted "people's choice award" "most effort" "most topical" and "quiz master".

Overall £1000 was raised which will be split evenly between "Rowing the Minch for MS" and the local youths Football team, which is supported by Active schools co-ordinator Ben Bruce.  Costumes ranged from a pair of chip-stealing nuisance seagulls, to a full dodgeball team complete with referee who performed live games in the street to entertain the slightly bemused tourists. Maverick and Goose made an appearance to promote their long awaited sequel but our new Prime Minister failed to show face. However in true Oddballs style local topical issues such as campervan congestion on the NC500 and the controversial Seaforth painted wall were given a satirical nod.  This year was the hardest yet to judge with such fantastic costumes and humour. 

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Friday 9 August 2019   Issue No 2348



Pupils who took SQA examinations at Ullapool High School this year should receive their results either by post or electronically on Tuesday 6th August.  Senior school staff will be available on Friday 9th August, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, to discuss results with pupils or parents, especially if these have an impact on higher education courses or school courses chosen for 2019/20. Discussions may take place at school or by telephone, if that is more convenient.

Temporary Road ClosureOld Moss Road     From 08:00 hours on Monday 5th August until 16:00 hours on Friday 23rd August


Average for the period: 91.6mm

2019     126.6mm       2018    81.7mm

2017     74.5mm         2016    160.2mm

2015     115.7mm       2014    52.0mm

2013     74.6mm         2012    59.9mm

2011     66.4mm          2010     124.0mm

2009     88.0mm          2008     47.3mm

2007     120.5mm

Rowing the Minch for MS

Finally! After 12 months of training, fundraising and organising, we are preparing to undertake our challenge to row the Minch from Stornoway to Ullapool in a 22 ft St Ayles skiff. The row, approximately 50 miles across open sea, is expected to take 15hours. This is a personal challenge for the crew, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and funds for the MS Society.  Scotland has one of the highest rates of MS in the world and many people in our small community have been diagnosed with the condition, which affects the brain and spinal cord. Many more people care for those living with MS. The row, which will be physically and mentally challenging, symbolises the struggle of living with MS and is a fitting way to bring attention to a cause close to our hearts. It is our way of showing support: we see you, we recognise you, we care.  Though there is currently no cure for MS, revolutionary research undertaken at a world-class facility in Edinburgh means that it is highly likely that a way will be found to stop the disease within the next seven years. We are raising money to contribute to that research.

The idea for the row was sparked by the desire to undertake a new rowing challenge coupled with the frustration and sense of helplessness arising from watching a friend’s health deteriorate due to MS. Everyone signed up to the idea without hesitation and the first Minch crew meeting took place on 9 August 2018.  Exactly a year after that initial meeting, we are sailing to Stornoway aboard the MV Loch Seaforth. The skiff we’ll be rowing, Cul Mor, was taken across on the Thursday freight ferry and is being looked after by our rowing pals from Stornoway, An Eathar and West Side Rowers. Thanks to Cal Mac and their brilliant staff for their help with transporting skiff and crew. Crew accommodation is very generously being provided aboard Sharoni at Stornoway marina, courtesy of John Smith.

We’ve had incredible support on both sides of the Minch and from much further afield and we hope that everyone who has been involved will watch our progress and cheer us on throughout the day. At the time of writing, we have raised almost 50% of our target £22,683, which roughly translates as £1 for every pull of the oars. Hopefully, that notion will keep us going during those inevitable slump moments. If not, Anthony will likely treat us to one of his sea shanties.

Saturday 10 August

We’ll be leaving Stornoway at around 4am. Approximately every 45 minutes, we’ll be moving seats. The move will be our signal to have something to eat and drink and means that everyone will get a rest in the cox’s seat. The row will be self-sufficient, with all food, water and other requirements carried onboard, including a plotter kindly loaned to us by Adrian Morgan. Due to lack of space, carrying a spare oar is problematic, so that will be aboard the safety boat and will be the only equipment carried by them for us other than our personal belongings. Many thanks to Andy Holbrow and crew for providing the safety vessel. Thanks also to our emergency stand-in rower, Topher Dawson, who will also be aboard Andy’s boat. If the stars align, they will be joined by the one and only Mr Steven Gourlay.

If the wind is with us and conditions are favourable, we hope to arrive back in Ullapool at around 7pm. Our elite social media team will be posting regular updates on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day (thanks Noel Hawkins, Jeanette Mackenzie, Becca Fiddes, Tom Grant and Mary Kate Thomson). Please share and add your comments and messages of support. You will also be able to track our progress using this link -

Our finish line will be on the beach at West Shore Street where Ullapool Harbour Trust have very kindly set up their marquee for us. Paul Bennett and other supporters will be there, tracking our progress on a big screen (thanks to Dulcie for helping to set this up). If you are in Ullapool, please do come down to the marquee. It would be brilliant to see you there when our blistered, weather blasted bodies, stumble from the boat.

Oddballs is also taking place on Saturday and we’re very grateful to the organisers for selecting us as one of their charities this year. Many thanks to Morven MacDonald and Vic Norgate for representing us at the event.

The people mentioned here reflect only a small proportion of those who have helped, donated, or participated in some way over the past year. Every single one of you has helped to make this thing happen. We sincerely thank you one and all.

Lorraine Thomson, Kathryn Bennett, Anthony O’Flaherty, Gary Lewis and John Grant: Rowing the Minch for MS.

Twitter: @MinchRow  Facebook: Rowing The Minch For MS

Just Giving:

Please note, this article was written in time to go to press and assumes that we will be rowing on 10 August, however, our plans are at the mercy of the weather. Should we not be able to row on Saturday, we will undertake the challenge as soon as weather permits.


Friday 2 August 2019   Issue No 2347



Pupils who took SQA examinations at Ullapool High School this year should receive their results either by post or electronically on Tuesday 6th August.

Senior school staff will be available on Friday 9th August, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, to discuss results with pupils or parents, especially if these have an impact on higher education courses or school courses chosen for 2019/20. Discussions may take place at school or by telephone, if that is more convenient.


Temporary Road Closure – Old Moss Road

From 08:00 hours on Monday 5th August until 16:00 hours on Friday 23rd August

To allow contractors to construct and lay new surface to the road.

Pedestrian and emergency access will be maintained at all times.


Launch of Ullapool Unpacked C.I.C. Project Pop-Up

on Thursday 8 August. 6-9pm

An opportunity to buy small quantities of your staple foods 'plastic free' - bring your own containers.

This project is made possible by Ullapool Community Trust


Correction to coordinates for Installation of HVDC Interconnector.

A correction notice has been issued to those coordinates published as part of a public notice in the Ullapool News issue of 12th July 2019.


Introducing Lochbroom Art Collaboration Group

Imagine…..12 artists meet together for 5 intensive days together on a beautiful, historic, off-grid, community-owned and managed island off the west coast of Scotland. From both home and abroad, the artists swap ideas, are inspired by the place, their shared experience and the unique qualities of the island….Each one leaves to create new works inspired by their island residency and return a year later to exhibit in various venues across the area. 

This is the idea which has excited and brought together a number of us from Ullapool, the aim being to develop the idea of an Artists Residency Proposal for local and international contemporary art practitioners on our very own Isle Martin. We anticipate the residency taking place in 2020 with the exhibitions in 2021.

The recently formed Lochbroom Art Collaboration Group has representatives from various community and voluntary organisations as well as local galleries and is keen to hear from any local people who would be interested in being involved in discussing, planning and facilitating the residency project as well as other strategic arts projects and art collaborations across Lochbroom.


Friday 26 July 2019   Issue No 2346




Winnifred Eileen

It is with sadness that Winnifred Eileen Buczynski a loving partner, dearest mother, grandmother and great grandmother, known also as “Auntie Winnie”, passed away peacefully on Tuesday 16th July 2019 aged 95 at her home Carnoch Log, Scoraig.  Her funeral is on Friday 26th July starting at 11am at the boat shed on Scoraig.  Everyone that knew her is welcome to attend the funeral.


Today -Tractor Parade around the village starts at 11.15am

Ullapool Museum Vintage Machinery day




08.00 hrs on Monday 5th August 2019 and will remain in effect until 16:00 hrs on Friday 23rd August 2019.

          NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Highland Council has made an Order in terms of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Order has been made to allow contractors to construct and lay new surface to the road.  

The effect of the Order is to prohibit access by all vehicular traffic except for emergency services to that section of the U3422 Old Moss Road Ullapool from the entrance to the property know as Bridgehouse Art and extending in a southerly direction for a distance of 190 metres or thereby.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic will be available via the U3422 Moss Road-A835 North Road and this will be signed. Pedestrian and emergency access will be maintained at all times.


Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Another Outstanding Summer Tour:

Taking place from 22nd July to 17th August, the Ceilidh Trail provides visitors to Scotland with the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Scottish music in a wide range of settings. Fèis Rois invites tourists and locals alike to come and join us for a ceilidh dance in a village hall, a concert at a historic site, or a performance in one of Scotland’s leading music venues. 

Fifteen outstanding young musicians from across Scotland, including Ruairidh Buxton, Achiltibuie – Pipes, Gaelic Song and Gillie O’Flaherty, Ullapool - Guitar, have auditioned for a paid summer job touring on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail. These young people are aged between 16 and 25 and many of them are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of the Highlands & Islands. The tour provides a professional development opportunity and a stepping stone between studying and launching a career as a performing artist.   Thursday 8th August  15:30-16.30 Ullapool Harbour Informal performance. Free. Donations welcome.

Thursday 8th August     21:00-23.00 Ceilidh Place, Ullapool Session free, donations welcome 


Friday 19 July 2019   Issue No 2345


St Ayles Skiff World Championships’

Stranraer (7th-13th July 2019)   Report

The third edition of the above Championships that takes place every three years, saw 55 Clubs from around the World - (Scotland, England, Ireland, USA, Netherlands, Australia, Tasmania and Canada) descend on Stranraer and the shores of Loch Ryan for the biggest and best World Champs to date.

Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club along with Coigach had a combined approx. 50 members/crews competing over a range of categories over the course of the week, with crews having been training at least twice a week since the beginning of the year, all in pursuit of medals and having fun!

A list of all our competing crews and their placings is available, from which you can see it was a very successful Regatta and there was plenty of reward for all the hard work put in by everyone. Most noticeably the huge success of our ‘Youth Crews’ where we medalled in 4/5 races that we competed in and we now have our very own WORLD CHAMPIONS U17 Boys crew of (Duncan Macbride, Alex Lintern, Fin Crook and Hardie Crawford).

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The end result of the Regatta saw Ullapool finish in 9th place overall, to be therefore declared:

‘The best overall team in the North of Scotland’ as well as ‘The best overall Youth team in Scotland’!

The outcome of this Regatta goes way beyond our eventual medal winners, so every single rower, cox, partners, parents and supporters involved, should be so proud of their tireless efforts and in making this sport for all ages so popular!

If you and/or know of anyone that would like to get involved in Coastal Rowing, whether this being socially or competitively, please feel free to get in contact with us, or speak to a Club member and we would be delighted for you to get involved. No previous experience required and as you can see, we cater for all ages and abilities. This is what ultimately makes the Coastal rowing community such a fantastic thing to be involved with.


Four smart new boxes, with bags in which dog-owners can collect and deposit their dog poo, have been provided around the village this week. The boxes are located on West Terrace, Am Pollan, Quay Street & at Morefield Play Park. They have been provided by Welcome Ullapool and it is hoped that they will aid efforts to keep our village clean.

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Friday 12 July 2019   Issue No 2344


Report on meeting of residents of Lochside and other road users with Iain Moncreiff (THC Roads Operations Manager) in Clachan Church on  Wed. 3 July 2019


Introduction by Gordon McFadyen who had initiated the meeting due to the concern of residents and other users of the state of the road from the crossroads to the area below Clachan church. 

Topher Dawson (Chair LBCC) welcomed the 52 people who attended and introduced Iain Moncreiff THC North Roads Manager, and THC Councillor Alex MacInnes. Apologies had been received from THC Councillor Ian Cockburn.

Topher then summarised recent events regarding concerns over this part of the road that included having driven the road in November with Iain Moncreiff and a camera car to log the faults; that the road was considered a priority by the Ward Councillors but had just missed being included in the Capital funding budget 2019/20; that there had been the possibility for additional funding that did not appear, and THC had no plans for substantial repairs in 2019. 

Information on number of households/residents was given, and the matter of the contractors using the road to a spoil store area from the Leckmelm bridge project was noted. 

He then invited members of the public to state their concerns. This included school bus drivers, delivery drivers, post office vehicles, ambulances, works vehicles and private car owners, some of whom had incurred damage to their vehicles. 

The appalling state of the road, with numerous and very deep potholes was not disputed and Iain Moncreiff outlined the difficulties of restricted road budgets with many demands on them. He gave a figure of 1100m of road costing approximately £85k to resurface, and the project would be considered again for the 2020/21 capital programme to be discussed during the winter by the R&C Committee. In the meantime there were two possible temporary options – hot tar fill (which had been already tried not successfully as the areas needing treatment were too numerous) or to plane off the road surface, treat, recycle and re-lay, which might offer a more evened out temporary surface. However, this recycling process could take between 6 – 12 weeks and the planed surface would have to be used during this period. There could be a speed restriction of 20mph. 

The question was asked if this temporary ‘fix’ might delay a more permanent solution, but this was answered in the negative. Iain Moncrieff would look into this with a view to undertaking the work before Autumn and would report back via the LBCC. He would be happy to meet with residents again; and stated ‘that as things stand this road was a top priority’.

Alex McInnes also outlined the difficulties of managing and allocating restricted budgets with many demands from within the extensive area of Ward 5. The question was raised of what more the community could do to exert pressure on decision makers, and this had to be through representations to our elected Councillors. The matter of allocated spending by THC was discussed with roads not given the priority or spending they require.

Topher thanked everyone for attending and for their contributions to the discussion, and that the numbers reflected the huge concern and frustration about the current position.  



THe Staff of Ullapool Primary School would like to wish a fond farewell to all the Primary 7 pupils as they move on to High School.

Tha luchd-obrach Bun-sgoil Ulapull airsen gach deagh dhurachd a'chuir a dh'lennsaigh clas a seacd a tha a'del chun an Ard-sgoil

Best wishes and Good Luck!



Friday 5 July 2019   Issue No 2343



Knockan Crag and The Rock Stop on STV

STV Weather man, Sean Batty, has been filming in the Geopark in the last few days, including an interview with Pete Harrison at Knockan Crag, followed by a quick visit to the Rock Stop at Unapool.

He and the crew were very interested to find out about what is happening in the Geopark.

The programme containing this section will be broadcast on Monday 8th July at 8pm on STV and will be available later on the STV Player.



On the 27th of June P7s from Ullapool, Lochinver, Achiltibuie and Scoraig drove down in 2 minibuses to Fairburn Activity Centre. Before the four activities we had to split into groups of thirteen. The activities we did were raft building, bubble sumo, archery and my personal favourite, canoeing.

Pupil comments:

For the canoeing and raft building our instructor was called Nile, we got into groups of two or three. In our groups we played tag and practiced paddling around and we also all tried to stand up in the canoe. It was shaking so much. While we were paddling around we were splashing the other groups. At the end of the session we got to jump in the water. After that we moved on to the next activity in the same lake, raft building!!!

My favourite activity at Fairburn was the canoeing. I had never been canoeing before so It was my first time. I got soaked but I found it great fun. We all had a good time. 

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My favourite activity was raft building. Each group got 4 barrels, 6 poles and as much rope as we wanted. It was quite difficult to attach the barrels with the rope. Once we had attached all the barrels we put our raft in the water and we all tried to get on and then it fell apart so we just did some swimming. 


I enjoyed Archery the most because it was really fun. There were different types of arrows and bows. We played a game where we had to write down our biggest fear and people had to try to hit it.

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One of the activities was bubble wrestling. There is a circle where two people hop in while in their bubbles and they charge at each other. The first person’s feet to leave the ring are out. Bubble F

We would all like to thank the school and the Parent Council for making this happen and all the staff who came with us. We were lucky to have fabulous weather and we all had a wonderful time. Thank you!

Ullapool Primary 7 Pupils.


Dundonnell MRT Asks Hillwalkers to Keep a Look-out for Signs of Missing Climber

The Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team has intensified efforts to locate a hillwalker who went missing two months ago in the mountains between Dundonnell and Kinlochewe.

Mr Martin Rhodes, aged 46, from Yorkshire, was last seen near Kinlochewe in early May. He failed to return from a walk in the Fisherfield Forest. Dundonnell MRT has been leading the effort to find him and said further searches would take place. Team leader Donald Macrae commented last week that Martin ‘remains very much on our minds and that of his family and friends’.

He added that, after searching the main routes in the area’s mountains, DMRT was now spreading out into more challenging terrain which can require technical climbing. He asks hillwalkers visiting the Fisherfield Munros to look out for signs of Mr Rhodes.



Friday 28 June 2019   Issue No 2342


Congratulations to Velvet Lawton on winning the Pushkin Prize for writing.  The Pushkin Prizes is a writing competition for young Scottish and Russian writers. Velvet was one of 10 Scottish and 2 Russian winners to win this year and their prize includes a week long stay at Moniack Mhor writers centre near Inverness. She was presented with her certificate by Lady Butter, who is Pushkin’s great granddaughter, at a very grand ceremony at Archers Hall in Edinburgh on Monday 24th June and all her family are so proud of her.
Thanks to Ruth Thompson at the High School for her encouragement and getting her to enter her work.
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Stephen MacKenzie had a very successful weekend in Bedford, where he travelled down to compete in the English U20 Championships and National trials, where he scooped GOLD after leaping a new pb of 7.59m, which places Stephen second in the Scottish under-20 all time best performers list, the target being 7.63m!
This performance exceeded the Euro qualifying standard and as a result has now secured him his place to represent Great Britain next month at the European U20 championships in Sweden. 
This weekend sees him travelling to Germany with the GB team to compete in  the Mannheim Gala, in preparation for the European Championships in July.  
With thanks to his coach Linda Nicholson, CG Fitness, Flow Massage, and current sponsors Alistair & Iris Fraser at Lochbroom Filling Station, Bosch Garage Services and The Arch Inn.

Friday 21 June 2019   Issue No 2341


Loopallu to End

The organisers of Loopallu have announced that, sadly, the fifteenth edition of the festival, on 27th and 28th September this year, will be the last.

"It has been a long and happy road," Robert Hicks commented this week, "but Loopallu has become a victim of its own success. When we started out in 2005, we chose the end of September as the village was near deserted at that time, to give local businesses one last boost before the long winter set in, and it soon became the busiest weekend of the year for many businesses, bringing millions of pounds into the area.

"But as the attraction of coming to the north-west Highlands has grown over time, accommodating the Loopallu faithful has become increasingly difficult. Now September is part of the height of the season and many more people are visiting the north west Highlands, which is a wonderful thing, but this has made accommodating the Loopallu faithful even harder as there's such a demand for beds.

"So, better to bow out than fade away. We may come back some day, at a different time of year and in a different format, but for now it’s time to reflect on friends made and good times had, despite the west coast weather."

As to this year’s line-up, Robert added: "We're having a bit of a retrospective of the years where the line-up is concerned."The final Loopallu will have many favourites from the past fourteen years returning, including Hunter & the Bear. Idlewild, headliners in 2010, and Gun, who appeared in 2015, return, this time for acoustic sets.

Another hot act, introduced to the mainland audience via Loopallu last year, is Peat and Diesel.   Also appearing, on the back of selling out the legendary Glasgow Barrowlands in six minutes, are Tide Lines. Bombskare "will have torn the roof off the big top" by the time the islanders appear.

Others include HYYTS, Nottingham’s Reflekter and Edinburgh’s Swim School. Easter Ross star turn Davy and Sam Cowan will be on changeover stage duty and in The Arch. Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band will officially open the festival on the Friday afternoon, and the party will be wrapped up in rollicking style by The Vatersay Boys.   Tickets from or in person from The Arch Inn and Eden Court in Inverness.

Ullapool Swim Group Take a Dip into CalMac’s New Community Fund

Ullapool Swimming Club is one of the first youth groups to benefit from west coast ferry operator CalMac’s new Community Fund.

The Club has been granted £2,000 to develop its ‘Riding the Wave’ project, which aims to train new coaches and help boost club members. The project aims to improve swimmers ability, encourage better levels of fitness, and increase volunteering levels within the community. 

Swimming Club organiser, Gillian Meighan said:  'This donation from CalMac will make a huge difference to Ullapool swimclub. It will both ensure that we have qualified trainers into the future, and provide an exciting incentive for the kids to gain a swim-coach qualification and stay involved with their club in the long-term'.

CalMac’s Community Fund is open to non-profit organisations involved in activities that will benefit young people aged 26 and under from island or coastal communities the company supports. 

‘The response since we started taking applications in March has been amazing. We had no idea the variety and creativity of different projects that are going on to help improve the quality of life for young people on the islands we support,’ said CalMac’s Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Brian Fulton.  ‘We are delighted to make a contribution to making them a success.’

Each application was judged by a screening panel of young people recruited from across the company’s network, in partnership with Young Scot. Details at

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Friday 14th June 2019 Issue No 2340


Local Man and his Crewmates and Skippers Win Major Fishing Award

Congratulations go to Ian Anderson of Ullapool, to all his crewmates and to skipper-owners David Gatt and Barry Reid of the fishing vessel Audacious BF83, which has just won the prestigious Fishing News ‘New Boat of the Year’ (demersal category) award.

Audacious was built by Macduff Shipyards with construction work also carried out by a shipyard in Poland. She was launched in late 2018. Ian is one of two Engineers aboard the vessel, which has already completed a number of very successful fishing trips.

Ian is second from left in the group photo.   Pictures by kind courtesy of Derek Hosie.






FUNERAL NOTICE - The funeral service for Donnie Macleod (Raigie) will be held today (Friday 14 June) in the Church of Scotland, Ullapool, at 1pm. Thereafter, to Morefield Cemetery.  All welcome to attend.


***Don’t forget the Pipe Band Highland Games on Saturday 15 June***



Friday 7th June 2019 Issue No 2339


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Megan’s anti cigarette butt campaign got a boost as CalMac agreed to put her posters on the Loch Seaforth and terminal buildings and she even got an invite aboard and met the captain…!


Museum, Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019

Ullapool Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Award recognises the outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Winners are announced on 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Ullapool Museum is one of 281 award winners this year, covering a wide range of volunteer projects and initiatives.

Chair of Ullapool Museum Trust Ellie Ing said:

We would not have achieved this had we not had the support and help from the local community and the dedication and hard work of our volunteers who have sought to present and preserve our local story for the past thirty years.”

Representatives from the museum will attend a garden party at Holyrood House in July, along with other recipients of this year’s Award. Museum volunteers will be presented with their award by Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh later this month.

Laide and Aultbea Community Woodland also receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service



The Sea Savers and Noel Hawkins will be on STV Monday evening (10th)

at 8pm with Sean Batty the weatherman -


CONGRATULATIONS… Stephen Mackenzie

for success at the North of Scotland Schools’ Championships

He holds the records for long jump, triple jump and 100m in the A boys' age group.


Friday 31th May 2019 Issue No 2338


Delighted pupils from Achiltibuie Primary School receiving the cheque from Tesco’s Bags of Help. 

It will be used to improve the school playground.

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Dear Editor,

The Ullapool Coastal Rowing Regatta was held last weekend with 12 clubs coming from all over the North of Scotland, including Orkney, which almost counts as international, given Scotland was awarded the islands in a dowry by Norway a long time ago!

As ever they all received a warm welcome from the Ullapool community, despite less than excellent weather.

On behalf of the club and committee I would like to offer enormous gratitude to all those who help make it possible, particularly Kevin Peach and the Ullapool Harbour Trust, the Arch Inn for sponsorship, Broomfield campsite for setting aside pitches for guest clubs and rowers, and the Ullapool Swim Club for stepping up to provide teas, coffees and great soup and baking for hordes of hungry rowers. Paul Copestake and sailors from Loch Broom Sailing Club sorted our start and finish line skilfully allowing the ferry to come and go unencumbered, tho’ we nearly snagged a less-than-watchful trawler on her way out!

Sheila Slaughter’s veniburgers deserve special mention as they are hugely popular and sell out at the speed of a startled stag. Her efforts at the barbeque send many – indeed all - away with a big smile and a full stomach.

Thanks too to residents of Shore St for putting up with crazy parking, more traffic than anybody needs, and particularly Harry Macrae and Nigel Macphail for lending us power and storage for Dulcie’s PA system, which rapidly became redundant when Phil McCann took on the commentating to give me a break…..thank you Ms McCann! Dave Maxwell kindly loaned us his foreshore grass for the portaloos.

Our own youth members did sterling work in selling raffle tickets to help raise funds for the club, and rowed powerfully well on the Friday evening showing just how good the future seniors will be!

Club members stepped up in force to erect and strike tents, set up signage and usher our guest clubs, administer and organise, register and umpire, marshal and make the regatta a success.

Next year (in July 2020) will see our 10th anniversary regatta. Thank you so much, Ullapool, for 2019’s and we look forward to next year.

Jonathan Reid

UCRC Convener - 2019


Hello again discerning local paper supporters, more “feel better about things stuff” from yours truly.

This week’s topic (I’m sure we all had at least one) Aunts or Uncles, that aren’t siblings of your parents or their partners/spouses. Such wonderful folk can be more distantly related or not relatives at all! “Aunties” Lily & Anne (Dad’s cousins) were frequently visited or visitors, offering support, advice & a shoulder to cry on to an equal (often greater) extent than my “real aunts.”  

My Mum had a long standing close friend & colleague “Auntie Mick.” Her real name was Lydia (she & her twin sister Eva played Disney’s “cartoon mouse couple” on stage in childhood…the nickname stuck for over seventy years!) A sweet, tiny, widowed older lady, legendary baker, flower arranger, keen gardener & devout member of the (seemingly SAS trained) hospitality wing of the Church of England! She was an enthusiastic community volunteer, grandmother of four & doting mum of two…with a “dirty laugh” that made Sid James’s sound more like an Archbishop’s!  Dad had his own Uncle Albert (my Gran’s brother in law…a “Great uncle” in every sense.) Simply known as “Uncle Albert” a huge man…like two prop forwards squeezed into one shirt! He had a surprisingly high pitched voice & a truly infectious wee girl giggle too. He once put a small train back on a it’s narrow gauge tracks in the quarry where he worked…using only a crow bar (usually a job for at least two!) Albert (never Bert) had arms like warm oaks but was as soft as a lamb, he would scoop up my brother & I in one arm & his own three grandchildren in the other (admittedly we were all under ten…but even so!) We should all value these special people in our lives while we can.  

Sadly the brilliant Judith Kerr left us on the 23rd. A remarkable illustrator & author, both the magically part anthropomorphised “tiger who came to tea” & the wonderful, typical (& all too mortal) cat “Mog” were created, written & drawn with an informed, non-patronising humour with no hint of the bitterness that must have accompanied her childhood escape from Nazi Germany.

Also jolly well done to all those involved with Saturday’s regatta & the Garden of reflection fund raiser at the bandstand too! I didn’t mention the hapless* May’s impending departure from number 10 or the EU election…apart from just then!

Keep up th’guid deeds! Bide cheerful noo,       Woolypaul

*Has anyone ever had less hap?


Nature Explorers Family Day…page 6   Situations Vacant…  pages 17-19

Letters… pages 20 & 21   Tide Tables & Weather…page 25

Coigach Community 26

Ullapool Primary School Council Minutes…page 28

Poems by local girl  Ellie Cunningham...pages 30 & 31   Rosie’s Monthly Gardening Column…page 32


Friday 24th May 2019 Issue No 2337



Ullapool Village Hall’s AGM is on Wednesday 29 May in the committee room at 7pm (see What’s On). There are vacancies for a chair (and a vice-chair would be great too) and a secretary. These roles are voluntary.

In addition, all regular hall users (organisations, charities) are expected to send a representative to stand for the committee. The hall needs all these roles filled in order to function. Anyone from Ullapool and its environs is entitled to attend and vote.



Officers at Ullapool police station are looking for witnesses for a road traffic incident on the A835 between Strathkanaird and Ardmair on Sunday 19th May 2019 about 1700hrs whereby a 125cc motor cyclist has been involved in an incident which has resulted in the motor cycle leaving the road.

Anyone with any information please contact Ullapool Police Station on: 101 or CrimeStoppers on:  0800 555 111 quoting incident number: PS-20190519-3351


Recently we have become aware that found property, where the owner is unknown, is not always being handed to Police for safekeeping. We would therefore respectfully ask that anyone who comes across any such items, in the event that the local Police station is not open, to please ring Police Scotland on 101.  It may be that an officer is on duty and could arrange to collect the item from you, or alternatively that at least Police would be aware in case the item is reported lost.

The Police station in Ullapool is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 0900 to 1700 hours.




We are still missing our Air Training Corps CPR Manikin.

Although currently the local ATC Flight is not active that is no excuse for our Manikin to take off on his holidays.

We have Manikins at every Squadron and Flight in the Highland Wing. Every Air Cadet who joins the Corps is taught the Heart Start as soon as they join.  The Manikins used in Highland Wing were donated by the the British Heart Foundation, if our errant manikin does not turn up we shall have to purchase a replacement at a cost of about £100.

Can I ask everyone ( especially those who were at the last Health and Well-Being Taster Day at the Macphail Centre in March) to have a search to make sure you have not inadvertently picked up our manikin. He will be in a dark blue zip up soft bag about 3ft by 2ft which is the standard kit. This unzips to provide the work area that the student kneels on when carrying out the training. The manikin is wearing a khaki military style T shirt.

Your assistance with this will be much appreciated.

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Don’t forget… this weekend….

Coastal Rowing Regatta… see page 47


T in the Car Park (CalMac)  in aid of UGOR… see back page


   New Exhibition at An Talla Solais…          page 3

   What’s On in the Area…                        pages 3-15

   Book your tickets for

            “Bugsy Malone”..!...                        page 11

   Diary of Events…                                      pages 14 & 15

   Situations Vacant…                                pages 17-21

   Tide Tables & Weather…page 27

   Annat Bay Watch…page 28

   UCT Lael Forest Buyout Proposals…page 30

   Harbour News…page 33

   Try Paddle Boarding….!page 36

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Friday 17th May 2019 Issue No 2336



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Benjamin Lewis-Ing, an S3 at Ullapool High School, has had the honour to be selected to play for the WRU Welsh Exiles under 15’s. He travelled down to Brecon in South Wales last weekend to the training Camp and fixture. The Exiles won the match with Benjamin scoring his 1st in Welsh colours.  Further training and fixtures will continue in September and October within this WRU programme.

Well done, Benjamin!


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Last year author James Robertson, who has been a guest at both Ullapool Book Festival and HeadRead Literary Festival in Tallinn, told UBF that, having experienced both festivals, he thought that we had much in common, although Tallinn (pop. 414,000) is obviously a bit bigger than Ullapool (pop. 1,500). He said we have a shared ethos and commitment to good writing and to readers, and we both treat visiting authors extremely well!

So began an email conversation between Ullapool Book Festival chair Joan Michael and Krista Kaer, director of HeadRead Literary Festival, resulting in Krista coming to Ullapool for the festival last weekend. The British Council generously funded this visit.

The hope was that it might result in some development of cultural links between the North-West Highlands and the western Baltic. And that is exactly what happened. A new cultural alliance was established with Estonia – a ‘’twinning’ arrangement with HeadRead. Ullapool Book Festival chair Joan Michael has been invited to the festival in Tallinn at the end of May next year. One of Ullapool’s guests this year, Shetland poet Roseanne Watt, has been invited by Krista Kaer to read at HeadRead next year. And an Estonian poet will be at Ullapool in 2020 (8-10 May).

Joan Michael said:

“We feel that it is really important that cultural and other links are retained with Europe. We are delighted with the link we now have with Estonia and look forward to it flourishing over the years. We already have a well-established tradition of bringing Canadian authors to Ullapool and we have also had writers from Guatemala, Catalonia, Palestine and Germany. We are a Highland festival with an international outlook.”


Friday 10th May 2019 Issue No 2335


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Scottish Environment Act:

The Ullapool Sea Savers would like to ask everyone to join them in calling for a Scottish Environment Act to protect and enhance our nature now and in the future.  From bumblebees and wildcats to dolphins and seabirds, our nature is in trouble. Climate change, pollution and loss of habitat have contributed to this decline. And now Brexit puts at risk environmental protections that Scottish wildlife and landscapes depend on.  But we can still secure ambitious protections for Scotland’s seas, land and wildlife.

So please join USS in calling on the Scottish Government to get serious about protecting our environment.

Please go to:

before 11th May to tell the Scottish Government

we need a Scottish Environment Act 

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The blue ticket tent outside the village hall will open on Friday 10 May from 9am until the first event starts at 10am. Tickets will then be on sale in the period between events.


Friday 3rd May 2019 Issue No 2334



At the Tasters Day held on 16th March the Air Cadets took one of their CPR Manikins to enjoy his day out.

Last week when we were sorting out kit in the Drill Hall we realised he had gone absent without leave and had deserted his partner and small baby. They are really missing  him, and want him to come home so that as a family group they can continue in their task of teaching folk how to do Heart Start Chest Compressions which in an emergency might help save a life.

If anyone has seen him or has inadvertently acquired a lodger, please let us know and we will take him home.

He was last seen wearing a military khaki Tee Shirt and will have 161 DF on his suitcase.

Please contact any of our staff to organise his recovery.  Thank you.

A Armitstead 01854 622344   Colin Boyle 01854 612131,  A Scott 01854 612940 or any other staff member.


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Dear Eds

I have a very special photo to share with you. It shows Men's Shed guru, Ken Lee, sitting on our latest creation. It's partly special because Ken appears to be giving us a toothy grin, which is a rare treat for us. Usually he's telling us off for incompetence and to be fair, usually with good reason.  On this occasion he is happy to be modelling the new Buddy Bench which we have designed and built for the Primary school.

Have you heard about Buddy Benches?

They're a great idea. If you are a youngster in need of a play mate, the idea is that you seat yourself upon said bench. This is the casual signal to all around that you would like to join in with their fun and games. All the children are made aware of this system at an early age and so the act of inviting other kids to join in with things becomes a normal part of playtime. Some of us are naturally gregarious, but many of us struggle to approach others, so the Buddy Bench is a good way of asking to play without actually having to ask directly. Brilliant eh?

Anyway we have had fun putting this together but we must mention the marvellous Mr James Nairn, who provided some beautiful pieces of oak and even carved the wording for us. This means the bench will probably last longer than any of us. Thanks Sage.

We are still meeting at the Community Workshop on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2pm and anyone is welcome to come along and see what we are up to. You might also like to try a little bit of spoon carving (my own hobby) which happens at random times - just text me if you are interested.

Cheers,  Craig Maddock 



The following events are SOLD OUT!

Melanie Reid;  Sally Magnusson;  Michael Pedersen, Hollie McNish and Withered Hand.


Friday 26th April 2019 Issue No 2333


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We couldn’t have done it without your help – the votes, the shares, the families & friends, the organisations, the businesses, the shops, the helpers, the schools , the Islands, the West Coast…and everyone who supported the project.

As a small village, we knew we had to work hard to get the votes to be one of the 3 winners (actual count will be known in May), and Ullapool came through.

Lots of planning now to be done for our ‘Winter Festival….watch this space.

The Fire & Light Team

Many congratulations to the Fire and Light Team for achieving this Peoples’ Projects win for Ullapool. We can’t wait to see what you come up with - can it top last year’s winter extravaganzas? Eds



Saturday 27 April 12.30 -2.30 in Ullapool Village Hall

Cottage Pie (with veggie option) Lunch and pudding, tea/coffee £7 and Sales tables

in aid of the Cyclone Idai Appeal


Litter Picking Hour – 28th April 2019

We are having a community litter picking hour (or so) on Sunday 28th April at 2pm.

Meeting at corner of West Terrace and Castle Terrace. Aiming to tackle Embankment, Bull Park, Mill Field, and as much of Riverside Paths and Morefield Park as time allows.

Please bring strong gloves if you have any, though we will supply some. We also have litter pickers and bags.


Leckmelm Garden

Leckmelm Garden is now open to visitors from

1000 - 1800 hrs. daily until the end of October.


New shop opens today (Friday 26 April) at Cobblers Shack 24 Argyll Street


Friday 19th April 2019 Issue No 2332


The Ullapool News Team wishes everyone a



Friday 12th April 2019 Issue No 2331



Last Saturday, an orange-clad mob rampaged through the streets of Ullapool. They ran, they wheel-chaired, they walked, strolled, ambled and cycled. Some were even transported by the power of Dave Crook on Ullapool’s Cycling Without Age trishaw. In all, over 170 people supported and took part in this 5k event to raise awareness of the Rowing the Minch for MS charity challenge.

The event started at the pier and finished at the newly refurbished Village Hall. The hall looked fantastic and was beautifully laid out for lunch by the award-winning Ullapool Museum volunteers. Their skilful team-work was a joy to behold and the array of cakes on display would have brought a tear to Mary Berry’s eyes. The total raised by the event was an amazing £1290.65 but better still, it was exactly the kind of day we hoped for with all ages and abilities taking part. We also had good representation from our local canine supporters.

It only takes five people to crew a skiff, but it takes a whole community to support them in a challenge like this. The crew sincerely thanks the following people and organisations for supporting this brilliant event:

Ullapool Harbour Trust, Ullapool Village Hall, Ullapool Museum volunteers, Broomfield Holiday Park, The New Broom, Steven Gourlay, Ullapool News, the Men's Shed, our volunteer marshals and everyone who took part on the day.

We’d fill the entire Ullapool News for several editions with all the photographs we have. Those shown here are only a small selection, to view them all and to see the brilliant film made by Steven Gourlay, check out our Facebook page: Rowing The Minch For MS.

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Farewell and Thanks to Screen Machine’s Neil Macdonald

Screen Machine have recently said goodbye to long-serving colleague Neil Macdonald. After over 14 years of service, his final tour of duty in March saw him take the Screen Machine to Port Ellen, Gigha, Coll, Tiree, Lochgilphead, Bunessan and Tobermory.

In those years Neil, who is from Kinlochewe, covered approximately 70,000 miles (close to three times the distance round the Earth), screened 4,300 films and welcomed 125,000 customers to the cinema. David Redshaw is the new Operator. He has many years of experience of driving in the Highlands & Islands, and has also previously worked as Screen Machine’s usher in Kyleakin and Port Ellen.

Screen Machine’s next visits to this area will be on 24-25 May (Lochinver) and 7-8 June (Ullapool).


‘Light Up Ullapool’     Last chance to vote!!!!

If you haven’t voted yet, there are still cards at Parlett’s or go to:

Voting closes midday Monday



Friday 5th April 2019 Issue No 2330


‘Light Up Ullapool’

See the project film TONIGHT

Friday 5th April on STV 6pm News

Vote at:

and find us on:



Community Benefit Fund – Launch!

Do you have an idea within our community that you think deserves financial support? Then apply for a grant from UCT!

Key Info:

Applications open Tuesday 23 April 2019  Applications close Friday 31 May 2019.

Minimum Grant £250       Maximum Grant £4000

Application forms and guidance will be available on the UCT website: as well as for collection from the New Broom. Or call us on 01854 613 879.




An exhibition featuring paintings and drawings from esteemed Scottish artists inspired by plants, flowers and trees opens at An Talla Solais this weekend.

‘Botanical’ includes beautiful work from the Royal Scottish Academy Collections and the studios of well-known artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder, Anne Redpath, Graham Fagen, Victoria Crowe, David Michie and Frances Walker.

The rich and varied selection - from prints to watercolours and oils – explores how we see, interpret and engage with what we imagine to be the familiar plant world around us.

Colin Greenslade is Director of the RSA and curated the original ‘Winter Flowers’exhibition last year in Edinburgh from which ‘Botanical’ has developed.

“These artists’ fascination with the natural world, and their depiction and presentation of this research are small links in a long chain of connection and reinterpretation of our natural environment. Inviting these artists to exhibit gives us a brief glimpse into their studio practice and research and it is very exciting to enable the visitors at An Tallas Solais another glimpse at this new Springtime exhibition in Ullapool,” he says. 

The exhibition is sponsored by Caladar Arts, a studio and project space, and Ullapool’s own Highland Liquor Company, creators of handmade spirits including their signature new 'Seven Crofts' which is inspired by forest fruits and woodland.

Another local enterprise – Libby and Alice Nairn’s 'Hands Full of Flowers' – will run a Saturday drop-in flower-arranging session next month and create a community floral installation.   

‘Botanical’ opens on Saturday 6thApril at 10am at the An Talla Solais Gallery, West Argyle Street, Ullapool. The Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm (with a 30 minute closure at 1.30pm) until Sunday 19thMay. Entry is free.   


Friday 29th March 2019 Issue No 2329


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Friday 22nd March 2019 Issue No 2328


Ullapool Village Hall repairs due to finish by 1st April

Ullapool Book Festival Programme Available now - on-line Booking opens at the end of the month

End of Financial year fast approaching - please settle all outstanding invoices as soon as possible to help our staff.


Friday 15th March 2019 Issue No 2327


Ullapool Boy Represents Scotland at Major Climate Event

Finlay Pringle, a primary school pupil from Ullapool, represented Scotland at a meeting of more than 60 young climate change campaigners from 20 nations this week.

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Finlay, 11, is part of the Fridays for Future movement inspired by 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg.   Greta and a number of other young people met in Strasbourg on Tuesday ahead of a European Parliament debate on climate change on Wednesday. The young people also met Green MEPs during their visit.

Fridays for Future has seen school students across Europe hold hour-long strikes outside their school gates to put pressure on governments to tackle climate change.

Finlay, who loves the outdoors and snorkelling, became concerned about climate change after watching nature documentaries. He was the only Scot representing his country at this week’s meeting of young activists.  Finlay, his sister Ella and their friend Megan Ross, who are both nine, have been holding their walkouts since December last year. Last month, young people across Scotland took part in a UK-wide strike, and an international day of action is being held today, 15 March.  Finlay was accompanied by proud Dad Geoff as he made the trip to France.

(picture: Noel Hawkins)

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Clipper have produced the world’s first plastic-free teabags!

So not only are Clipper teabags Fairtrade, unbleached and non-GM, they are plastic-free: “Bags more to feel good about”!

And you can buy them in Ullapool Tesco!  Read more about them at

Ullapool Fairtrade Group



Friday 8th March 2019 Issue No 2326




Between 19.00 and 06.00 on Thursday 14 March,

the A835, 1km north of Tarvie,


due to carriageway re-surfacing.

Waiting vehicles will be escorted through at

9pm, 11pm, 1am and 4am.

Emergency service vehicles will be allowed to pass through the site throughout the working period.

Many thanks to the several people who notified the Ullapool News of this closure. Eds


Coming soon - volume 2 of the Stone Stories 

Many of you seem to have enjoyed The Walrus Mutterer and asked me to let you know when you can get the next volume in my Iron Age historical novel trilogy, The Stone Stories. Well, that moment has almost arrived!

You can pre-order at your favourite bookshop, as it will be out within the next few weeks. If you would like a signed copy then you can order one on my website  or come along to one of the launch events and get it signed in person. It will be lovely to see you!

On Sunday 17 March 2019, I'll be launching The Amber Seeker in Glasgow at the Aye Write! book festival. I'll be reading at the Mitchell Library at 4.45pm.

There will then be a 'home' launch in Lochinver Community Room on Saturday 23 March at 7.30pm as part of a history writing day, 'Putting the Story back into History'. This event will be free and wine will be served!

I will be back in touch again before too long with more news but for now I just wanted to let you know that The Amber Seeker is on the way, and to wish you all a wonderful spring. It is today officially spring here on the croft, as the first primroses are out under the aspens on the shore of Loch Roe.

Wishing you well, Mandy


Ike Gibson

My fabulous and much loved dad Ike died on February 23rd following a fall.  All are welcome to join us at Ike’s funeral which will be held at the Royal Hotel in Ullapool at 11am on March 14th 2019 followed by a private cremation.

Family flowers only please with donations in lieu to The Refugee Council in acknowledgement of Ike’s early life. 



Friday 1st March 2019 Issue No 2325


Ullapool Village Hall

The hall floor replacement is delayed. Issues appeared when the floor was taken up. Our insurers appointed specialists who came this week. It looks likely that the main hall will now be out of use for all of March. We are in touch with our regular hall users who have been notified of this delay and we will be keeping them updated.

Please note that the closure does not affect the hire of the committee room. Also the solicitor, accountant and physiotherapist are not affected by this and it is business as usual for them.

Joan Michael, chair, management committee



The earliest surviving map of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, dating from around 1800, has been restored by conservators at the National Library of Scotland.

Chapman’s Plan of Stornoway Bayhead is an important historical document because of its detail, which includes the names of the occupants of all the houses.

Chris Fleet, map curator at National Library of Scotland, said that it had “major value”. The map was to be digitised and put online but its poor condition meant the process could not go ahead without significant conservation work.



Ike Gibson was a brilliant man with a tremendous and kind spirit. He had great passion for all the good that life has to offer.

A loving husband to Ann, a devoted and rightly proud father to Ian and Kate and a doting grandfather to Alex.

Ike has been a lifelong friend and mentor to us and we are better men thanks to him. He will be sadly missed.

Sincerely, Andy, Stephen and Ben Underwood


Friday 22nd February 2019 Issue No 2324



(Down Memory Lane...)

John Tuach

My Great Aunt (GA) and her lifelong friend and co-worker both lived on West Shore Street, then known as The Point. She was always jolly, laughing and reminiscing about older people of her youth and would introduce a story:   "when the young was in me.”   Highly amused, she would rock back and fore and moan with mirth: "OOOOH, I'm going to lose my lochy."

On retirement (and before retirement), the pair made a career of touring the village to take tea, and to receive and distribute the local news. Each morning, GA would arrive at our house early, and help with bed and breakfast chores whilst exchanging local tattle with mother. Our neighbours would often visit. GA’s pal would arrive mid-morning, and they would then depart for a day-long tour of relatives and friends in the rest of the village. Ornsay House, a guest house located beside the Pier, was a popular hotspot where they networked with land-ladies from different parts of the community in the afternoons.

The pair of Pointers loved to scuttle around the village with ‘Breaking News.’   Sabbath violations, traffic or boating accidents, tragedy, personal health crisis, births, deaths, engagements, marriages, illicit and/or legal liaisons (with tut-tuts where bouts of intense pleasure were imagined), personal and religious non-conformity, public altercations, excessive public inebriation, police interventions, lottery wins, miniskirts, roaming cats and dogs, and any local matter that was deemed an impropriety were enthusiastically broadcast, and the severity of the improprieties were, no doubt, at times enhanced.

One event that caused great excitement was a huge early morning fire in February 1960 at the Royal Hotel as it was undergoing major renovations in extremely cold weather. The pair noted that during and after the fire, the firemen went to Lang’s house on the North Road for refreshments from Langs Bakery next door (now the Roman Catholic Chapel) and with difficulty, removed their frozen uniforms which subsequently stood on their own in the hallway.

On another occasion, a Councillor from Achiltibuie landed in the ditch in his car whilst racing home from the pub late one moonlit night: “ I was driving by the light of the moon, and the moon went out!” - the luminary had forgotten to switch on his car headlights.

Little escaped the attention of the news-hounds. All details were recounted, presumably in hope of enhancing their status as first-information enablers in the pre-texting days. Thus was information spread and exchanged throughout the entire village on a personal network platform.



during Fairtrade Fortnight 

Monday 25 February - Sunday 10 March 2019

“Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection”

Article 23 (c) Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 1948






Friday 15th February 2019 Issue No 2323




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Iain MacColl, Senior Operator of the Screen Machine, was the joint winner of the first ever For the Love of Film award at the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall this week.

The award recognises individuals who have done something amazing ‘for the love of film’. People across the UK were encouraged to submit applications on behalf of those who they felt should be recognised for their contribution. Hundreds of testimonials were considered by a panel of experts including Edith Bowman and Ali Plumb, chaired by Andrew Orr from the BAFTA film committee. Andrew said: “Iain stood out due to his long service and the wide-reaching impact of Screen Machine which has ensured that the cinematic experience is available to communities across the Highlands and Islands.”

Iain MacColl is the Senior Operator of the Screen Machine, the UK’s only full-time, self-contained mobile cinema, serving some 50 communities and over 30,000 filmgoers across the Highlands each year, including 20 islands. He has been with the service since it launched in 1998. The Screen Machine Operators do everything on the ground: drive the Machine to its location, set it up (the trailer expands to become a comfortable 80-seat auditorium), sell the tickets, welcome the audience, project the films, then close up and move on to the next location.

Increasingly the Operators are also delivering special events: for Into Film school clubs, for those living with dementia, and working with archive and artists’ films.

Iain traces his passion for film back to his boyhood in Tighnabruaich, when he used to help the man from the Highlands and Islands Film Guild, the early travelling cinema in Scotland, carry the projector into the village hall, progressing to wiring up lamps and collecting tickets.  He and Neil Macdonald, who is from Wester Ross, work 16-hour days, two weeks on, two weeks off. He said before the BAFTA ceremony: “It is amazing to see the hard work that not just myself but everyone at Screen Machine has put in over the last 21 years, being recognised by BAFTA.”

Iain’s colleague Neil Macdonald, who brought Screen Machine to Ullapool on Monday and Tuesday this week, grew up in Kinlochewe in the 1960s and also helped run film clubs in his youth, in village halls around Wester Ross. Neil commented: ‘Everyone who comes to the Screen Machine says it’s the cinema environment that makes the experience. There’s a real social thing, a gathering for folk in rural communities. People toot their horns and flash their lights when they see us driving in. I love doing a job where folk are glad to see you!’

The present Screen Machine is the second vehicle; the first was in operation from 1998 until Screen Machine 2 was launched in 2005, proving an immediate success and delivering the consistent quality service which had always been desired.  A major refit of Screen Machine 2 was completed in 2017 to allow at least another six years of full operation.   Screen Machine is owned and operated by Regional Screen Scotland, a not-for-profit private company funded by Creative Scotland and HIE, with further support from CalMac.


Inside this weeks newspaper  --  Local man appointed to the Board of West Highland College UHI

AND Local Girl prepares for Austrian European Cup Judo Competition.


Friday 8th February 2019 Issue No 2322



Stephen Mackenzie produced another record breaking performance to win the long jump in the Scottish U20 Indoor Championship at Glasgow Emirates Area on Saturday 2 Feb, in what proved another exciting competition.

He cleared a jump of 7.35m, in the final round setting a new championship best record and pipped his competitor by 0.01cm to take the GOLD medal, a situation that was reversed only a week ago!

Stephen went on to clear a PB in his Triple Jump of 14.66m, landing him the SILVER medal.

A busy week lies ahead, with back down to Glasgow on Thursday to compete at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships in both Long Jump and 60m and then on to Birmingham to compete at the British Athletics Indoor Championships on Sunday 10 Feb. The long jump event is at 1.00pm and BBC usually provides the television coverage, if anyone wants to watch out for him!


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An Talla Solais Gallery opens its doors next week for the first ever exhibition preview by the Dolphin Arts Project group and we'd like the whole village to come along and join us.

The Project works creatively with people living with dementia in Ullapool and, to celebrate their exhibition Still, the Dolphins would like to welcome the whole community to see their paintings, drawings and sculpture at a special preview from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 7th February. The group will be there holding one of their weekly activity sessions so you can come along and see the artists at work.

On Friday the exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm and we're offering a special '15 Minute Dementia Awareness' session on the hour every hour. We know you're busy so we're asking for just 15 minutes of your time to learn a little about what it's like to live with dementia and the small ways you can help those affected when you meet them. Only 15 minutes from your day which could make a really big difference to someone else's day.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm too. If you can't attend Friday's '15 Minute' sessions then please pop in anyway. We're offering to come along to your shop, B&B, office or group and do a '15 Minute' session throughout February and March so you can always leave your name and contact details and we'll be in touch to arrange a visit to you in Ullapool. Or email Anne-Marie Quinn on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Ullapool is already a friendly village so please join the Dolphins to make it a Dementia Friendly Community too.




It’s so exhausting working in the Ullapool News office…

Baby Quinn, son of Kirsten Maclennan, our relief collator, who came in last Wednesday evening.





New On-line Service from Traffic Scotland

Tips on Using the Gritter-Tracker

Start by searching, then open the Gritter Tracker box which is displayed. 

The initial map view on the Trunk Road Gritter Tracker provides vehicle trails for the 0-2 hours range and the current location of active gritters only. 

Inactive gritters will not be visible if they have not been operational in the last 24 hours, i.e. parked up at a depot.

To view gritter trails above the 0-2 hours age ranges (e.g. 2-4 hours, and so on up to 12+ hours) and to view a number of gritters at the same location i.e. at a depot, then you must zoom into the map view on a specific area or trunk route to view this information.

You can now use the search-bar at the top left of the screen to search for a gritter by its registration number. The vehicle currently working on the A835 is GK02NZS.  

Many gritters in Scotland have also been given nicknames, which can be searched for in the same way: e.g. Sir Andy Flurry, Gritty Gritty Bang Bang.  


It might be nice if our local gritter could be given a catchy name too! (Annie Lorry perhaps?...)  Eds



Friday 25th January 2019 Issue No 2320


Ullapool Wedding of the Year  –  A Great Big Thanks

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We would like to say a great big Thank-You to the people of Ullapool for making our wedding day so special.

Thanks to Heidi Hercus our Church of Scotland minister, the instigator and organiser, who managed to get special dispensation to make it happen. Who organised the cake, flowers, champagne, the photographer and even that lovely boat sound. On top of all that she conducted an amazing service. We must also thank Tony Hercus for providing the humour and an awfy guid pome. Oh and for dressing the groom.

To Steven Gourlay, thanks for taking such superb photos, and for getting them back to us so quickly. We both love them all. Great memories from a great day.  For the catering we have to thank Margaret Maclean (Taffy) for some amazing scones, making the tea and providing the exhausted groom with a hearty soup. Thanks also to Holly MacNicol from The Tea Store who baked an impressive wedding cake.  Our favourite musician played our favourite tunes and Mo’s feet and hands couldn’t stop dancing!!! Thanks Ruairidh Maclean. You are the best!!

Thanks also to Julie and Freya for the surprise accessory (ie the garter), the lack of instruction caused much hilarity at Robert’s expense.

Thanks to Catriona White, for whom nursing Mo wasn’t enough, so she volunteered to fill the witness position too.

A big thank you to the ferry crew of the Loch Seaforth for their cheery salute.  And finally to everyone for the numerous cards, kind thoughts and best wishes, especially those from Ullapool Primary.

Thanking you all once again from the bottom of our hearts

Wee Mo and Robert (Stirling)


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Friday 18th January 2019 Issue No 2319


Alice Wilkins Stars in TV Dance Show

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Ullapool Dance’s very own professional dance teacher Alice Wilkins stars in Channel 4’s new show Flirty Dancing on Thursday 24th January at 10pm. Alice has been working with local charity Ullapool Dance for the last year delivering a wide range of classes aimed at getting everybody dancing.

The five-part series, hosted by Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, pairs up couples before Ashley choreographs a routine for them. The couples practice the steps separately for a week, then meet for the first time to perform together in front of the cameras before they are even allowed to say a word.   Alice says “It was a fantastic experience. I’m not allowed to reveal what happens at the end of our dance – you’ll just have to watch it!”


Fresh investment has just been announced by the Scottish Government to promote the scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highland and Islands.

The £5m Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund will be led by Scottish Natural Heritage, and applications opened on Monday 14 January for funding boosts for projects that are seeking to benefit the area, including those that will improve the experience of visitors.

Ten major new projects are expected to benefit.



Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership are delighted to announce this year we will be holding a ‘Festival of the Sea’ on Sunday the 14 April 2019 at Culag Park, Lochinver.

It will be a one-day event showcasing local producers, suppliers and businesses from the Coigach and Assynt area to celebrate the fin-tastic seafood we have available here. Alongside produce stalls we hope to have some live cooking sessions where you can try some different ways of preparing and using local ingredients. Live music and family activities will also be scheduled over the day.

If you would be interested in having a stall, showing us your cooking skills or supplying the event please get in touch! We would love to have as many local businesses and charities as possible join us for the celebration.

Keep your eyes peeled for the logo reveal and more information of the event!

Contact: Vickii Campen         Office: 01571 844638  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Friday 11th January 2019 Issue No 2318



After more years than perhaps even she would like to remember, Barbara Jackson has retired from the Ullapool News.

Largely involved as advertising manager, Barbara had turned her hand to most aspects of the paper in her 40+ years with us and has seen many changes in that time.

She will certainly be missed.  We wish her and Jack well in their retirement!

Ullapool News Team


New Shop opens at the Campsite at the Fuaran Bar, Altandhu

Called A Bhuth Bheag (The Small Shop) this new shop on the campsite will be open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm and on Sunday 10am to 5pm (Winter hours) A licensed grocer, and selling the Ullapool News...! After the closure of Polbain Stores, this is really good news for residents and visitors alike.

We wish Catriona and family all the best with their new venture. Eds. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE - Ullapool Village Hall will be closed for replacement of the main hall floor from 16 February to 4th March. Committee room is still accessible for the solicitor and accountant, and there will be access to the Physio's room.




Additional information