The Ullapool Beer festival was created to help celebrate the vast diversity of the real ales of the Highlands of Scotland, Now in its
14th 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. On the NC500, in the heart of the Highlands.
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.
Beer worth howling for.... Many moons ago, in the black of the night, Viking invaders were about to attack our hometown of Stirling, when a howling wolf alerted the defenders, who saved the town. We raise a glass to that wolf. The Black Wolf.
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..
Strathaven Ales is the pinnacle of traditional real ale brewing with our stone clad brewing kettle and well used brew-house based in an old mill dating back to the early 1800s. The mill originally manufactured crushed barley for the brewery trade and flour for the local artisan bakers and it sits next to the river Avon near the market town of Strathaven.
We consider our beers to be very traditional, our brewing, unlike modern facilities is a hands-on labour intensive process crafted by three generations of the same family.
Loch Lomond Brewery, founded in 2011 by Fiona and Euan MacEachern takes inspiration from the iconic and spectacular beauty that is Loch Lomond, the Uk's largest expanse of fresh water.
Utilising the highest quality of malts and a diverse range of hops from across the world then combining this with exceptional water, fresh from Glen Finlas in the foothills of the western shores of Loch Lomond, we create the award winning beers that you know and love.
Brewing started at Strathcarron Brewery in March 2016 after a major facelift to the old byre at Arinackaig. Martin Phillips and Paul Pearce came up with the idea in 2014 and roped in long time homebrewer Colin Parsons to help out. The intention was a small part-time enterprise for the three of us, just supplying local pubs and shops.
Luckie Ales is a one barrel microbrewery based in Fife, Scotland.
Founded by Stuart McLuckie in 2008, Luckie Ales was handed over to Martin Doherty in April 2016 when Stuart retired. Martin is carrying on the Luckie Ales legacy by producing small batches of traditional ales and resurrecting historic beer recipes whilst introducing some ideas of his own.
Edinbrew is what happens when a crafty pipe dream gets out of hand.
Sticking to our own '4 pint rule' our brews have everything you want in a beer, so much so that you can't help but grab another.
Tasty malts, interesting hops and crystal clear Scottish waters, brewed together using our own unique recipes... Enough of the shpeel, just get involved!
Blood, sweat and beers!
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. 2018 is no different and we have 12 breweries and many great 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 2018.
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.