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.
Alechemy Brewing is a small family run business that was established in 2012. Having worked in pharmaceuticals for a few years, our proprietor, James, became a home brewer and now has more than 20 years brewing experience. We aim to provide a true alternative to bland, mass produced beers and make tasty, natural beers that people actually want to drink. We brew every beer style and have produced around 80 different beers over the years.
We like music, we love music. So while we brew and bottle we listed to music, loud.
So Our beers are song names or Lyrics, either inspired by or just because we like the songs, some are linked to the ingredients some aren’t. We like all the songs and more importantly we like all the beers. And no we don’t put any fruit in our beers, just malt, hops, water and yeast.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the northwesterly tip of Orkney’s mainland, a wind-battered area known as Swannay. Brewing in a rustic farmstead we’re in a unique location; showered in spray from the Atlantic Ocean in winter and surrounded in fertile farmland in the summer.
Well, for a start, how many other beers are named after a small town in Speyside? Exactly. But there’s more - our range is full of flavour and character and makes a refreshing change from mass produced mouthwash because:
We use the best hops and Scottish malts money can buy.
We save kittens. (Actually we haven’t saved any kittens yet, but it’s on our ‘to do’ list.)
We are a microbrewery based in the small village of Kellas, Angus just outside Dundee. We started brewing in April 2012 and have been steadily growing our cask ale market. We currently have 7 ales, of which three are brewed on a weekly basis. See our Beers page for details.
In the space of less than 2 years, we have local pubs that sell our ale on a permanent basis and many more who stock our ales on a very regular basis.
Geographically we have concentrated on the Tayside and Fife areas but have dipped a toe in the water with Edinburgh, Glasgow and south of the border.
Spey Valley Brewery produces a range of distinctive beers from a stunning location in the heart of Speyside. Our unique recipes appeal to both discerning enthusiasts and to those newly discovering the wonderful world of beer made as it used to be, and should be, by people who are passionate about it, for people who care about it, with the best ingredients and something a little special in every glass.
Top Out craft beers appeal to discerning beer drinkers who seek out great tasting, original craft ales and find inspiration in our mountains. Our brew house just south of Edinburgh has been brewing acclaimed,unconventional beers since July 2013.
Inspired by brewers the world over, we aim to create the best craft beers we can imagine without compromise, influenced by German, Belgian, American and Scottish brewing traditions.
Kippen Railway Station, now home to our brewery, sits at the foot of the Fintry Hills in the heart of rural Stirlingshire, with views across the Forth valley to the mountains of the South West Highlands. We brew modern interpretations of classic styles, with an emphasis on bold flavours and new world hops
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 14 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.
KWAK are a three piece dirty blues rock band from the Fife area playing hard blues in the style of ZZ Top, Joe Bonomassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc. 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.