Ullapool’s alternative Christmas tree & a trip to Corrieshalloch Gorge.

Yesterday we drove to the lovely harbour village of Ullapool just 50mins from the b&b for a little festive shopping trip

For the first time in Ullapool’s history they village had a Christmas Lights Switch on, unfortunately we didn’t make it to the switch on but we had a wander along West Shore Street to see the fantastic Creel Tree, made almost entirely of creels.

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Unfortunately we couldn’t stay to see it lit up but at 16ft tall it was pretty impressive.

The photo below is on the BBC news site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38180998

Ullapool's lit up creel Christmas tree

 

After meandering around we made our way home & we stopped at Corrieshalloch Gorge national nature reserve just 30mins from the b&b. Corrieshalloch in Gaelic means ‘Ugly Hollow’, it’s far from ugly, it’s very dramatic with the 45m high falls of Measach directly below the bridge & there is plenty of flora & fauna to see. We spent over an hour with the gorge to ourselves. Admittedly we didn’t spend a lot of time on the shaky suspension bridge due to a certain someones fear of heights but we spent plenty of time wandering the paths, admiring the views & watching the wildlife. The gorge is part of the National Trust & at anytime of year is well worth a visit.

The viewing platform has great views up toward the bridge, if you can spend long enough teetering at the end to take a photo!

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There were lots of birds flitting in & out of the deciduous trees so after a bit of patience huddled in the heather a Tree Creeper flew into a pine tree right next to us, he or she was busy at work searching for insects & bugs & didn’t stay long. It was also good to see Bull Finches, they were very skittish, everywhere we went to try & watch them, they flew in the opposite direction, boo!

 

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Today we woke to a wonderful winter sky – the calm before Storm Barbara!

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Hopefully Barbara doesn’t push Santa’s sleigh off course!

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