The Ullapool Beer festival was created to help celebrate the vast diversity of the real ales of the Highlands of Scotland, Now in its
12th Year, we hope to increase the amount of people that come to the area in order to sample some of the best things that the people of the Highlands do well, namely good beer, good food and excellent hospitality.
Hosted in the Morefield Motel, Ullapool, the festival offers a friendly atmosphere in a great village. As well as a great selection of wonderful beers, we also offer great food, accommodation and a relaxing break away.
The Cairngorm Brewery Company, established in 2001, is situated in the village of Aviemore within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. We brew traditional ales with a fresh new edge, by using well established brewing methods, the finest malted and roast barley, hops and crystal clear mountain water.
The tranquil Orkney Islands, with their fertile farming lands and fishing grounds, have been inhabited for over 5000 years. The Orkney brewery is housed in the former schoolhouse in Quoyloo 1 mile from Skara Brae in the heart of Neolithic Orkney. The unrushed culture with its traditional values influences the way we make our beer. We give undivided attention to each stage of the brewing process to ensure that our beer reaches you in perfect condition. This timeless approach has helped us win many national and international awards for both our cask and bottled beers which we hope you will enjoy.
Born out of a passion for making cider in the best possible way, combined with belief in the quality of Scottish produce, and asking ‘why not?’, came Thistly Cross Cider; Scotland’s award winning farmhouse ciders. Established as a collaboration between farmer, Ian Rennie, and artist-turned-cidermaker, Peter Stuart, in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making ciders that people rave about.
The Born in the Borders Brewery is a multi-award winning microbrewery creating real ale using barley grown in the neighbouring fields.
Founded in 2011, and originally known as the Scottish Borders Brewery, the brewery distributes in cask and bottle across the UK, and its strong plough to pint ethos has seen it grow rapidly.
Beers include Foxy Blonde, Game Bird, Holy Cow, Dark Horse, Flower of Scotland and Gold Dust, and the brewery also runs a unique project called Wild Harvest, which uses locally foraged ingredients to flavour a separate range of beers.
Windswept Brewing Co produce modern and contemporary ales, hand crafted for exceptional taste. We only use the freshest natural ingredients and never use Isinglass finings in our beers, making them suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Brewing started in late 2012, and less than a year later Windswept Brewing Co Ltd were awarded Gold Medals for APA and Wolf as the Best Strong Bitter and Best Premium Strong Beers in Scotland by the Society of Independent Brewers. APA then went on to win Bronze in the SIBA national championships at Beer X. We have also been named the best new brewery in Scotland 2013 by RateBeer.
Some from our own doorstep.
Bealach Na Ba
An Teallach Brewery was opened in 2002 by David and Wilma Orr on their croft in the Highlands. The brewery operates a 5 BBL brewing plant and packages in casks as well as bottles.
Stewart Brewing, founded in 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart, is Edinburgh's local, independent brewery. Our business is based on two very basic principles:
to produce beers of the highest quality possible.
to provide an exceptional service to its customers.
Stewart Brewing quickly established itself as one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries. Over the years we have continued to innovate and develop, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh's rich brewing history..
Kinneil Brew Hoose has been brewing great beers behind the Corbie Inn since November 2011. It's a true microbrewery, producing only 368 litres per brew. (about 9 casks or 80 gallons).We started with a single beer, Pennvael Amber.
Pennvael is still with us, but it has been joined by another 5 regular beers. We've also produced countless seasonal and special event ales, wedding ales, birthday ales etc.
Pilot was born when Matt Johnson and Patrick Jones met while studying for masters degrees in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in 2012, and it’s still just the two of us. A shared view that there was something different to be done in brewing – not traditional real ales, but not just another U.S. craft beer clone either – led to home-brewing together, which eventually led to buying a second-hand brewhouse and moving to the heart of cosmopolitan Leith, commencing brewing right at the end of 2013.
It has always been our intention to promote, show case and celebrate micro breweries of the Highlands and Islands and we are pleased to offer a great selection of favourites and new treats each year. 2016 is no different and we have 8 breweries and over 17 beers and ciders to sample.
We also offer a full range of regular drinks, along with our restaurant menu in the mariners restaurant and a special beer festival menu throughout the 3 days.
Click on breweries to the left for information about them and what we will have on offer in 2016.
A cracking nights entertainment playing all the 70s glam rock classics from Bowie, the Sweet, Mud, Slade and many, many more. website
We have great local musicians playing over the festival. A selection of music and tastes compliments the beer at Ullapool Beer Festival! Click on pictures for more details.
Music usually starts about 7.30 pm and carries on until late but remember we will be open all day offering meals, snacks and of course an extensive range of beers from all the breweries we have this year along with our regular selection of wines, spirits (including some fine malts) and soft drinks.
From Inverness To Ullapool: Follow the A835 from Inverness and this should take approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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From Glasgow To Ullapool: Leave Glasgow on the M80 and head for Stirling. Take the A9 towards Perth and follow it on to Inverness. Follow the A835 from Inverness towards Ullapool.
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Getting to Inverness
EasyJet flights from throughout the UK to Inverness
BA flights from Gatwick to Inverness
Inverness Airport Inverness Airport Information Rail:
National Rail train links from throughout the UK to Inverness Buses
Inverness to Ullapool
Stagecoach Inverness to Ullapool Car Hire Inverness
Car Hire from Airport and Rail Station
Car Hire from Inverness Airport
If you have any queries, would like to book a room, dine with us or anything else we can help with, please let us know. We always aim to ensure our guests and festival attendees have as great a time as possible and are happy to assist where we can.