The Ullapool Beer festival was created to help celebrate the vast diversity of the real ales of the Highlands of Scotland, Now in its 9th 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.
We are a family-run, traditional brewery with our main focus being on quality, not quantity. As consumers, the team at Kelburn like to drink beers of a high standard and so equally, as suppliers, we aim to produce the very same thing. We source the finest ingredients to use in our beers and we feel this is reflected in the consistency of the finished product. In the last 12 years we have gone from strength to strength, winning over 50 industry awards and gaining a reputable position in the trade. We are very proud of what we do and hope that beer drinkers out there will continue to drink and enjoy our 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.
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.
Originally designed to brew a local beer for our pub at the Benleva Hotel, it became apparent that if we got the brews right, then others would want to try them. With a great core range of beers offering something for everyone we are always looking to try something different from time to time and know that you the discerning beer drinker will tell us when we get it right as well as wrong.
Fallen Brewing Company lives in the old Kippen Railway Station surrounded by the stunning Gargunnock and Fintry Hills and The South West Highlands. We brew modern interpretations of classic styles with an emphasis on bold flavours and new world hops. Nothing goes into brewing our beers except pure, soft Scottish mountain water, malts from Warminsters, Crisp, Weyermanns and Fawcetts, the best hops from around the world and our favourite yeast strains. Our keg and bottle products are vegetarian and vegan friendly.
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. 2014 is no different and we have 8 breweries and over 16 beers 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 theleft for information about themand what we will have on offer in 2014.
For 35 years, Alan Roy has provided audiences with thousands of memorable experiences. From Cruise Line Entertainment, Theatre Shows, Hotels, Clubs and Pubs to name just a few, he has made it his mission to continue to bring you your favourite Scottish Songs and Accordion Playing. Alan has lived in Ross-shire for 22 Years and played many local events.
BLACK ISLE JAZZ is an exciting five piece band playing a range of jazz from ragtime, blues, Dixieland, swing and beyond. Although only one of them (Pat) lives in the Black Isle, the other four live in Inverness, an hour from Ullapool.
Ali, from Achnahaird in Coigach, has been playing traditional Highland music for ceilidhs as far back as he can recall.
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 anextensive 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.