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Vernon's review of Old Tweed Mill large self catering Ullapool
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Old Tweed Mill large self catering Ullapool with stunning views

Large, secluded self catering accommodation beside its own beach by Ullapool - sleeps 12

A beautiful drive from Inverness, winding between mountains on one side and the gleaming blue water of Loch Broom on the other, takes us almost to Ullapool. We turn off onto a wee private track which curves down and round through trees right to the very edge of the loch, where the Old Tweed Mill sits right on the beach beside the mill burn, facing southwest across the water to the hills on the other side. Today the water is as flat as glass, a dusting of snow sits on the hilltops and thin wisps of mist lie in faint, atmospheric layers above the water and in the hollows. We are in a perfect picture postcard setting and I'm certain we'll be able to watch some glorious sunsets from here!

The mill has sat in this lovely spot for well over a hundred years, solidly built with a neat front punctuated by rows of windows on three floors. More recently the whole building has been refurbished, with the addition of a modern extension of steel, wood and glass, allowing light and warmth to flood in to the building from the south. The views from all the rooms in this lovely holiday house are stunning, across the loch to the mountains and up to Ullapool, one of Scotland's prettiest coastal villages.

Inside, we are greeted by an attractive mix of traditional and modern, a shiny new kitchen, warm wood in the dining area, fresh cream decor and some lovely prints and tartans in the furnishings. On the walls, too traditional paintings sit well with bright, modern art and the general feeling is of home comfort and understated luxury. There's plenty of space for even the full complement of 12 guests to spread out and relax without feeling on top of each other and with all the rooms having wonderful ocean-liner views, no dispute about who will sleep where. There's even a playroom with toys and games on the top floor, so children can disappear into their own private space if they wish.

This part of Scotland is a favourite retreat for us and it's good to find a large self catering property which allows us to share the experience, with friends and extended family coming and going through the week. Some have brought musical instruments to take into Ullapool in search of a good session and between us we have the makings of a ceilidh band, with guitar, fiddle and 'cello, even without leaving the house. The new summer room becomes a foot-tapping venue of its own in the evenings and I'm even inspired to contribute some dubious vocal renderings!

The boot room is filled with overcoats and muddy boots, the kitchen with chatter and enticing aromas and a row of amber-glowing bottles sit ready for the after dinner craic. It's hard to beat a holiday like this!

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Further details about this accommodation

Recently renovated and modernised to the highest standards, The Old Tweed Mill is the is set on its own secluded beach and with the burn running alongside. All the bedrooms command stunning views across Loch Broom and Ullapool.

Ground Floor:
Sitting room with views towards the loch.
Dining room with open fire and views towards the loch.
Well-equipped kitchen area with range, granite worktops and wooden floor.
Summer room with loch views and wood-burning stove.
Utility room.
Boot room with lavatory.

First floor:
Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and lavatory and one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and lavatory.
Two twin bedrooms.
Family bathroom with over-bath shower and lavatory.​

Second floor:
Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and lavatory.

Stalking and fishing on a local estate may be arranged at the time of booking.

Our top 5 reasons why you would choose to stay at this excellent self catering property
local watersports available The house has the privilege of lying directly on its own beach and there are some of Scotland's most beautiful beaches not far from The Old Tweed Mill, including Gruinard Bay, Achmelvich, Clachtoll, Achnahaird and Mellon Udrigle. Further afield, you can explore the beaches of Oldshoremore, Balnakeil, Dornoch or the remote and beautiful Sandwood Bay.
good area for walking and hiking

This is a wonderful location for walkers with Loch Broom sitting in the centre of the of the Fannichs with its range of 9 Munroes. Beinn Dearg and the magnificent An Teallach, perhaps the most magnificent mountain in Scotland, provide everything that the walker and lover of beautiful scenery could want. To the north of Ullapool are the beautiful areas of Assynt and Coigach.Walk in the forests of Lail and Leckmelm or explore the paths above Ullapool which offer fantastic views of the town and the Summer Isles.

good area for fishing

The Old Tweed Mill is surrounded by some of the most stunning marine and land animals that the North West Highlands can offer. From otters, seals and porpoises seen from the house, to rare birds of prey such as eagles seen in the hills not far from the house.
Stalking and fishing on a local estate may be arranged at the time of booking.


From Ullapool harbour, local boats such as Summer Queen make trips out to the Summer Isles to see the wonderful scenery and the wide variety of wildlife - seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales and very many species of bird. Further north, there are boat trips to see the stalactites and stalagmites at Smoo Cave. You can also visit the Wildlife Trust reserve at Handa Island, a ten minute ferry crossing which operates during the summer from Tarbert or charter a boat from Ullapool for scuba diving, sea fishing and scenic days out, with Creagard Charters.

hotel There are several good pubs and cafes in Ullapool so eating out is easy. Visit the quaint Tea by the Sea for delicious, well presented snacks and lunches. The Ferry Boat on Shore Street offers very good seafood and the award winning Ceilidh Place is renowned for its excellent food and great craic, with live music often on the menu.