Friday 17th August 2018 Issue No 2299


The Bridge on the Hill

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If you are a regular up Ullapool Hill you may well have seen the bridge is in disrepair. It has become dramatically worse recently (see photos).For safety of the users I closed the bridge on Friday on instruction from the Highland Council Access Officer. 

Can you please inform your visitors or anyone else who walks the hill paths so that they can avoid this particular section of path.We are working to fix it as soon as possible and may be looking for some handy volunteers to help fix it. If you are interested in doing that, please let me know by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jenny Grant, High Life Highland Countryside Ranger for Wester Ross 

New Road Needs A Name!

Compass Builders have approached Lochbroom Community Council about the naming of a new road which will be part of the housing development on the old Glenfield Hotel site. Roady McRoadface was sadly rejected in the early rounds of discussion but a short-list of seven names has been drawn up and the community council would like you to help decide which one goes forward.

The names are listed below in alphabetical order along with a short explanation. The option with most votes wins.

1.     Aitken Park: Ullapool was laid out to a plan made in 1787 by the surveyor David Aitken from Tain. He accompanied directors of The British Fisheries Society when they came to Loch Broom that year to inspect potential sites here.

2.     Glenfield Park: The new development is being built on the site of the Glenfield Hotel. (The original hotel on the site was the Mercury Motor Inn).

3.     Hector Park: In 1773, the Hector set sail from Loch Broom, carrying with her the first significant migration of Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia.

4.     Macmillan Park: In 1880, the Rev. John Macmillan was the minister of The Free Church in Ullapool.  This was when there was the first threat of evictions at Leckmelm. Over the next year he wrote letters and addressed meetings where he spoke eloquently and passionately on the side of the crofters.

5.     Martin Park: Named after Isle Martin. Though she is small, our community-owned island has a rich history.

6.     Pictou Park: In 1773, the Hector landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia, with over 170 Highlanders onboard. It is estimated that there are now more than 140,00 descendants of the people of the Hector living in Canada and the United States.

7.   Telford Park: Thomas Telford was a notable architect and civil engineer. He was brought in by the British Fisheries Society in 1790 to do another survey of Ullapool. He also approved the designs of the Parliamentary Churches (also known as Telford churches). The one in Ullapool is now home to our Museum. It is one of the best (if not the best) remaining example of a parliamentary church which is acknowledged by having a Category A listing.


How to vote

  • Email your choice to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Or, answers on a postcard to: Charlie Macaulay, Secretary, LBCC, 20 Morefield Place, Ullapool, IV26 2TS.