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Edinburgh Quartet <br /> PERFORMANCE <br /> 30.07.2016

Edinburgh Quartet

  • Where: The Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool
  • When: Saturday 30th July 7 pm
  • Tickets: The Macphail Centre Box Office Tel: 01854 613336

Edinburgh Quartet in concert at the start of the Variations Week at the Macphail Centre.

The Edinburgh Quartet is delighted to return to the Macphail Centre this summer with Haydn’s passionate Sturm und Drang Quartet known as “the Fifths” and Dvořák’s Quintet Op 97, written whilst the composer was in America and clearly inspired by the “New World”.  For this piece the EQ proudly introduce Emily Pond, winner of the “EQ Apprentice” competition 2016, a scheme which helps talented young musicians launch a career in chamber music.

Emily Pond

Edinburgh Quartet Concert <br />PERFORMANCE <br />03.08.2016

Edinburgh Quartet Concert

  • Where: The Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool
  • When: Wednesday 3rd August 7.30 pm
  • Tickets: The Macphail Centre Box Office tel: 01854 613336

Edinburgh Quartet with Maximiliano Martin (clarinet) and Rosie Staniforth (oboe), performance at the Macphail Centre

Programme to include

Beethoven String Quartet Op 59 No 2 “Rasumovsky” and James MacMillan Tuireadh for clarinet and string quartet.

Maximiliano Martin

A traditional part of the Variations Week, where the Edinburgh Quartet illustrate how working together can produce the most fabulous music.


KT Tunstall <br /> PERFORMANCE<br /> 15.08.2016

KT Tunstall

  • Where: The Macphail Centre, Ullapool
  • When: Monday 15th August 8pm
  • Tickets: £20 plus booking fee from online ticket seller

KT Tunstall Highland and Islands Tour starts in the Macphail Centre



Blas Festival </ br> PERFORMANCE </ br> 07.09.2016

Blas Festival PERFORMANCE 07.09.2016

  • Where: The Macphail Theatre
  • When: Wednesday 7th September 7.30pm
  • Cost: Tickets from the Macphail Centre Box Office tel: 01854 613336

Beul na h-Oidhche gu Camhanaich : Mouth of the Night to First Light

Performed by Mary Ann Kennedy, Nick Turner, Calum Turner, Ruth Keggin & Finlay Wells

2016 Blas New Commission

As part of the week long Blas Festival The Macphail Centre will host a wonderful surround sound musical Dusk to Dawn Experience set alongside world events and cutting edge science, retro-astro-nostalgia and exquisite Gaelic music and song


Literary Tent at Loopallu <br /> 01.10.2016

Literary Tent at Loopallu

  • Where: Loopallu, Broomfield Park, Ullapool
  • Cost: Free to all festivals goers

As last year the Ullapool Book Festival are in the Literally Literary Tent at Loopallu, with visiting writers who will appear during the day on Saturday 1st October.

Appearing will be singer/songwriter James Yorkston, who published his first novel in the spring, he will read from his book and talk about it with Vic Galloway, they will be joined by young performer and poet, Harry Giles. He was BBC Scotland Slam Champion in 2009.  Miles Hunt, lead singer of The Wonder Stuff, will talk about his latest volume of diaries with BBCs Mark Radcliffe; and Grace Maxwell and Edwin Collins will also be in conversation with Vic Galloway.

Outwith these performances the Literary Tent can be used as a quiet space/reading room with a big selection of books for festival goers to choose from and to take away for free to finish later.

Intranquility <br />EXHIBITION <br / > 25.06.2016 – 14.08.2016

25.06.2016 – 14.08.2016

  • Where: An Talla Solais Gallery, The Caledonian Hotel (West Argyle Street entrance),
  • When: 25 June to 14 August 2016, 10am - 5pm
  • Cost: Free

An Talla Solais arose from a need: while music has traditionally flourished in the highlands, and Ullapool is a recognised hub of musical talent and growth, no dedicated space existed for the visual arts. West coast residents were out of easy reach of the best contemporary art shows and opportunities.  The newly established gallery space within the Caledonian Hotel building has given ATS the opportunity to host many exciting exhibitions and reach a wider audience. For full details of their work and events please visit their website http://www.antallasolais.org/about-us/



‘Intranquility’ features a group of six artists and promises a fresh, subversive look at the word tranquility which, they say, is so often used to describe beautiful and remote locations like Ullapool.

Using this theme as a starting point the artists, who work in a range of media, have been brought together to explore less traditional approaches to landscape, creating tension and unrest and asking questions about the role of land, place and the environment in contemporary art.

Some of the artists featured – who include Katharine Aarrestad, Alastair Clark, Liz Douglas, David Faithfull, David Forster and Su Grierson – will be at the Gallery to talk about their work on Friday 24th June at 7pm.

Victoria Caine, Exhibitions Coordinator for An Talla Solais, welcomed the collaboration with the SSA. “We’re delighted to host this exhibition which will introduce this diverse group of artists from across Scotland to the local community. The theme of our exhibitions programme this year is land and landscape and these artists have produced some inspirational, diverse and exciting work.”


Ullapool Museum Season <br /> 2016

Ullapool Museum Season

  • Where: Ullapool Museum, Argyle Street, Ullapool
  • When: Season starts: 25th March 2016 11am.

Ullapool Museum re-opens for the 2016 season.

Opening Hours for April: Monday to Saturday 1100 to 1600 hrs.

Exhibition ‘Gale Warning’ on display until June.

Visit their website for more information about the permanent displays and exhibitions for the coming year.

The Ceilidh Trail <br /> PERFORMANCES <br />11.07.2016 – 13.08.2016

The Ceilidh Trail
11.07.2016 – 13.08.2016

  • Where: Various events in various venues
  • When: Summer Holidays

Please visit website for full details

The Ceilidh Trail consists of performances across the region and full details can be found on the Feis Rois website.


Performance by the Ceilidh Trailers on 18th July at the Ceilidh Place cafe/bar

Informal  lunchtime performances on 18 & 19th July – An Talla Solais in Argyle Street, and on Ullapool Harbour

The Ceilidh Trailers are also playing at Ullapool Village Hall for a ceilidh dance on the 19th July 2016 – tickets for this event can be bought from Ullapool Community Trust via Facebook.


Variations : Making Chamber Music in Scotland </br> SUMMER SCHOOL <br /> 30.07 – 05.8.16

Variations : Making Chamber Music in Scotland
30.07 – 05.8.16

  • Where: The Macphail Centre
  • When: 30.07.2016 - 05.08.2016

Not so much a summer school as a summer holiday.

What is Variations? Variations is a week-long music break for amateur chamber music players.

The event  takes place in the award-winning Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, at the head of Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands. 

Under the expert guidance of a team of  professional tutors, you will play chamber music, in pre-determined groups, during the mornings  from Sunday to Friday.   The emphasis is on ‘organised informality’ so there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the coaches on any technical or musical issues you may have.


The afternoon programme features optional masterclasses, clinics (on aspects of technique) larger group sessions mixing strings and wind and the opportunity to play as part of  the Edinburgh Quartet in a feature unique to chamber music courses, entitled ‘The Apprentice’. In these sessions, participants can sign up to play a short piece of music alongside the professional tutors as a member of a professional string quartet – or as a quintet in the case of wind players/pianist (likened to moving from ‘driving a mini to driving a Porsche’!) 

The week’s programme also includes two public evening concerts by the tutors, one on the opening Saturday, followed by a welcome reception, the other mid-week. A closing supper is organised on the Friday night, following the participants’ concert. 


There will also be facilities at the Macphail Centre and Ceilidh Place for you to continue to play before and after the day’s programme, should you wish.


By enjoying such an intensive period of playing, we hope that you will enhance your skills and learn new repertoire, as well as enjoying the company and the surroundings.

Feis Rois <br /> CLASSES <br / > Termtimes 2016 – 2017

Feis Rois
Termtimes 2016 – 2017

  • Where: Ullapool Schools
  • When: Termtime
  • Cost: Full costs are on the Feis Rois website

Fais Rois offers classes in fiddle and accordion at a range of levels for young pupils (P4 – S6).

For full details please visit the Feis Rois website

Year 2016 -2017

Term 1: Week beginning 22nd August to week ending 7th October No classes week beginning 19th September (6 weeks)

Term 2: Week beginning 24th October to week ending 2nd December (6 weeks)

Term 3: Week beginning 9th January to week ending 24th March No classes week beginning 20th February (10 weeks)

Term 4: Week beginning 24th April to week ending 16th June for all areas except Lochcarron and Ullapool. In both these areas there will be no classes on the 1st May or 5th June so classes will finish on week ending 30th June (8 weeks)

Landscapes <br /> EXHIBITION<br /> 18.06.2016 – 21.07.2016

18.06.2016 – 21.07.2016

  • Where: Rhue Art Gallery, Rhue, Ullapool
  • When: 18 June - 21 July 2016, 10 am - 6 pm
  • Cost : Free

Rhue Art Gallery is situated 3 miles north of Ullapool, along the minor road to Rhue, a small highland community with views out to the Summer Isles and beyond.  They have a succession of exhibitions in their gallery plus the chance to see the work of the artist who lives there – James Hawkins.

‘Landscapes’ is an exhibition of work by Jean Michel Benier, an artist who lives in France and regular visits Scotland to make plain air paintings exploring the coast line from the land and the sea.  His painting capture weather and shore mountain and seascapes with a minimal elegance.

More details about the gallery can be found at http://www.rhueart.co.uk

Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band <br />PERFORMANCES <br />2016

Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band

  • Where: Ullapool
  • When : Summer Season
  • Cost: Free

Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band performs throughout the summer season – in support of local events in the village and with their own regular performances in the Calmac Car Park.


See them on the following dates in the Calmac Car Park

30 June, 7 July, 14 July, 4 August, 18 August, 25 August
Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band is a community based competing Pipe Band under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

Based in and around Ullapool, a village on the north west coast of the highlands of Scotland, they have been teaching, practicing and playing since 1979.

They have members from all over the area in and around Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Coigach, Dundonnell and more. The band currently has over 50 members of all age and ability. Members learn and practice as a band and as solo performers.

Playing in the band requires a degree of dedication on the part of the members. Time and practice is spent on techniques and working together as a group. The band competes at competitions throughout the region and Scotland and even attends events such as the ‘Festival Interceltic’ in Lorient, France.

Also, throughout the summer they play at the ferry car park in Ullapool every Thursday evening and attend events, festivals and functions so it can be quite demanding but hopefully very rewarding.

Nordic House <br /> EXHIBITION <br /> 24.06.2016 – 31.08.2016

Nordic House
24.06.2016 – 31.08.2016

  • Where: Ferry Terminal Building, The Pier, Ullapool
  • When: All summer, 11am - 9pm
  • Cost: Free

This exhibition is being hosted by Ullapool Harbour trust in the Ferry Terminal Building, just enter the main door, go up the stairs into the large waiting room.

Created by journalist, broadcaster and author , Lesley Riddoch, the exhibition features works portraying remote, northern scenery and the fishing communities of five Nordic Countries.

A vibrant collection highlighting works by artists Kaare Espolin Johnson and Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval, with additional images and photographs of Vennelyst, Copenhagen’s oldest allotment garden; women fishing off the Finnish Islands of Aland; and images of Kiruna, the northern Swedish town that is being moved and rebuilt because of subsidence!

This collection also examines Scotland’s proximity to the often touted and arguably mythical concept of an empty  frozen north.  Originally seen at the Edinburgh Festival 2015, the exhibition has also been in Shetland and Wick.

Argyll Hotel Events <br/ >JULY & AUGUST

Argyll Hotel Events

  • Where: Argyll Hotel, Argyll Street, Ullapool
  • When: Seasonal Events
  • Cost: Unticketed - contact the Argyll Hotel direct on 01854 612422

Argyll Hotel in Argyll Street , Ullapool hosts regular music events during the summer season, they usually start at around 9pm.

The details below are courtesy of the Ullapool News and are correct at the time of publication.

On the 1st July: The Federals

On the 2nd July: Calum Macrae – Ullapool’s home grown music mixer!

On the 9th July: Martin Stephenson

On the 22nd July: Jinski

On the 30th July : Martin Stephenson


On the 5th August: Cider & Blues Festival with Al Hughes

On the 12th August: Mir

On the 20th August: Martin Stephenson

On the 27th August: The Coachmen


Ceilidh Place Events <br /> JULY & AUGUST

Ceilidh Place Events

  • Where: Ceilidh Place, Argyll Street, Ullapool
  • Contact: Tel: 01854 612103
  • Website: "Ceilidh Place" http://www.ceilidhplace.com

On the 7th July Gerda Stevenson Duo

On the 9th July Northwest Highland Writers

On the 26th July Iain Thomson & Marc Duff

On the 28th July Tannara

On the 30th July Fred MacAulay

On the 6th August Rab Noakes

On the 10th August Luke Jackson

On the 11th August The Bevy Sisters

On the 17th August Alistair McCulloch Trio

On the 18th August Eddie Seaman & Luc McNally

On the 20th August Tannara

On the 24th & 25th August Gaberlunzie


Loopallu </br> MUSIC FESTIVAL </br>30.09 – 01.10.2016

30.09 – 01.10.2016

  • Where: Broomfields Site, Ullapool
  • When: 30 Sept to 1Oct 2016
  • Cost: Tickets from the Loopallu website

On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was a long time ago –

Another year of fun regardless of what the weather has to say about it. Another year making new friends, and catching up with old ones. And what does 2016 have in store, who’s going join the ranks that include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons, Twin Atlantic, Shed Seven and Franz Ferdinand who have graced our little stage. You’ll just have to come and see…


FEEDER have been announced as the main act -their only UK Festival performance this year. – plus The Selecter, The Wonder Stuff, Manran, Lucy Spraggan, Galleon Blast and many more


Ullapool Guitar Festival <br/> FESTIVAL <br/> 07.10.16 – 09.10.16

Ullapool Guitar Festival
07.10.16 – 09.10.16

  • When: Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016
  • Where: The Macphail Centre

Ullapool Guitar Festival returns to the Macphail Centre – with fringe events elsewhere in the village!

Please visit website for full details

So, what is the UGF, and why is it so special? It started in 2000 – oddly enough, to bring business and tourism into the local community in the wake of the foot and mouth epidemic. October was chosen as a way of extending the tourist season, and,as sponsors came and went, and audiences increased in size, the Festival evolved through performances in local pubs and the village hall to its current (and hopefully long-term) home in the Macphail Centre. This has all the comfort and facilities associated with a first-class performance venue, including superb acoustics, but also the space to put on workshops, to expand our trade show and to provide excellent catering.

The longevity and success of the Festival has been built on two foundations. The first is the solid core of music enthusiasts who not only make the pilgrimage year upon year, but are willing to go that extra mile in what they contribute to ensure that the Festival continues to flourish. The second is a group of musicians who have become permanent features of the Festival – artistes like Hugh Burns, John Goldie and Clive Carroll. Their unwavering support and their status and reputation within the guitar world have allowed us to attract the cream of guitarists – over a hundred of them over the years – from around the globe. Our thanks goes out to all of them, patrons and artistes alike.

Feis Rois nan Deugairean <br /> MUSICAL COURSE <br /> 10.10.2016 – 14.10.2016

Feis Rois nan Deugairean
10.10.2016 – 14.10.2016

  • Where: The Macphail Centre & Ullapool High School
  • When: Monday 10th October 2016 to Friday 14th October 2016

Please visit website for full details

All places must be booked with the Feis Rois


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With support from Highlands & Islands Enterprise, a consortium of organisations has come together to create new projects and raise the profile of the arts and cultural activity in Ullapool in the North West Highlands. An Talla Solais, Fèis Rois, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool Book Festival and Ullapool Museum will work under the banner of Creative Ullapool from July 2014 onwards. The five key partners will also work closely with other artists and other organisations in the village.

Creative Ullapool Consortium wants to be all inclusive and if you wish to find out more about people who live and work in Ullapool please click here.

An Talla Solais

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Fèis Rois

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The Macphail Centre

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Ullapool Book festival

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Ullapool Museum

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An Talla Solais

An Talla Solais

Ullapool Visual Arts

An Talla Solais (‘the hall of light’) is Ullapool’s centre for the visual arts. An Talla Solais runs an annual programme of exhibitions showing contemporary art from near and far, offers studio and workshop space for artists and groups to make art in, and runs a collection of events and classes to enable local communities and visitors to engage with art. An Talla Solais also hosts Market Street Arts, an independent shop selling art and crafts made in the highlands. We’re open from Wednesday to Sundays from Easter to October; please visit www.antallasolais.org for more details.

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Fèis Rois

Fèis Rois

Fèis Rois aims to create transformative opportunities for people of all ages to celebrate and engage with traditional music and the Gaelic language.

The organisation’s vision is to see:
• Everyone living in Ross-Shire, and indeed across Scotland, having the opportunity to access and participate in the traditional arts
• The traditional arts transforming communities and contributing to the economy
• Scotland’s traditional arts recognised internationally

Fèis Rois provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn skills in the traditional arts, as well as encouraging cross art form collaboration, innovative contemporary practice and the use of digital technology.

In Ullapool, people can get involved in weekly classes and sessions taking place in Ullapool Primary School and The Ceilidh Place on Mondays, as well as three annual residential courses held in April (for primary school aged children), May (for adults) and October (for young people of secondary school age).

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The Macphail Centre

The Macphail Centre

The Macphail Centre runs a year round arts events programme. We aim to have something for everyone and a real treat is in store for you when you come to our performances, workshops and exhibitions.

The quality and diversity reaches from the National Companies out on tour to home grown young people’s drama group productions that could have you laughing all the way home; changing exhibitions include painting, textiles to informative panels on our natural world , local photographs that remind you of your past.

In addition we provide opportunities for learning with workshops and classes, perhaps to try out something new out or to enhance and improve your skills.

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Ullapool Book festival

Ullapool Book festival

Ullapool Book Festival invites writers and audiences to celebrate literature in all forms during a weekend in May that is inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining. The festival features fiction, non-fiction and poetry and includes work in Gaelic and Scots. A tradition has developed that sees the festival invite a Canadian author each year. UBF also promotes literature at other times throughout the year.

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Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum tells the story of the people of Lochbroom – local history, fishing, crofting, emigration, family history and more.

Housed in a recently refurbished Grade A1 listed “Thomas Telford Church”, built in 1829, Ullapool Museum is an architectural gem. Retaining many of its original features, the building alone is worth a visit. With regularly changing exhibitions and events, enthusiastic volunteers and staff, we play an important part in the cultural life of Ullapool.

We have full accredited status with Museums Galleries Scotland and are a registered charity SCO 18225. Follow our activities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and contact us on curator@ullapoolmuseum.co.uk. Open April – October, Monday – Saturday.

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