The Seafood Shack

Copies of the superb new local cookbook called The Seafood Shack, by Fenella Renwick and Kirsty Scobie are now in stock and are also on sale from our online shop here: https://ullapooltrading.com/product/the-seafood-shack/

The book is £20 and features tales and photos from many local important figures, as well as a history of fishing in the area, all accompanied by delicious recipes too from the Shack, which can be made at home.

If you can’t order a copy online, we can also post copies out to you. The book is £20 and postage and packaging is £3.50. Please call 01854 612918 or email [email protected] (For those in Ullapool itself, a home delivery service is also available, with payment taken over the phone before delivery).


The Seafood Shack / A Quite impossible proposal

2 New local books will be sure to be on everyone’s present list this Christmas.

‘A quite impossible proposal by Andrew Drummond’ tells the tale of the railways in the North Highlands that were never built and the frustrations of the people of the Highlands in the face of incompetence and the injustice of land ownership.

We also are very excited to welcome pre-orders for the new The Seafood Shack Cookbook which is launched on 3rd November (£20).


Christmas Cards / Advent Calendars

Yes it’s that time of year again and whilst 2020 has been no ordinary year, we are looking forward and our 2021 diaries, Calendars and 2020 Christmas cards have all arrived at the Ullapool Bookshop. We have only charity packs of cards this year, 3 designs of Boxed cards and either plain diaries or fancy Paperblanks diaries, which also make beautiful gifts. Our individual cards include stunning views of Ullapool, Loch Broom and the unique Creel Christmas Tree, as photographed by Angus Bruce.


Scoraig by James MacGregor

Absolutely thrilled to receive copies of James MacGregor’s amazing new book about Scoraig. It is 820 pages in full colour and copies can be reserved or posted out by calling 01854 612918 or email [email protected]
The book is £35 and postage and packaging within the UK is £10. Payment can be made over the phone with a credit or debit card, or if international postage is required, we can also accept payments via PayPal.

Coigach Heritage Calendar

The new 2021 Coigach Heritage Calendar is now available from the Ullapool Bookshop. It costs £6 and can either be purchased in the Bookshop in person, or we can also arrange to post this to you. Please contact the Bookshop in the first instance. Payment can be made over the phone or via PayPal. Please either call 01854 612918 or email [email protected]


New Ullapool guide book: This is Ullapool

A brand new guide to Ullapool has just been published called: ‘This is Ullapool.’ This short guide gives the history of the village, a short selection of walks, the geology and also some recommended places to visit in the area.

The book itself is £6.99 and copies are on sale in the shop now. Alternatively if you can’t make it in, please phone or email us and we can arrange to send out copies to you.

01854 612918 / [email protected]


UW500

UW500 Prize Winners accounced (30th July 2020)

Prize Winners announced for the inaugural UW500 (Ullapool Words 500): 30th JULY 2020.

Ullapool Bookshop is delighted and proud to announce that the inaugural winners for the UW500 (Ullapool Words 500) Creative Writing Competition have been declared today. The UW500 was born out of the Coronavirus crisis from a creative writing idea, which would give children and Adults a creative focus during the period of lockdown. In total over 40 entries were received with a large number of entries competing for the prizes in not only the Adults category, but especially the Children’s categories. Ullapool Bookshop Manager and overall administrator of the UW500 Katharine Douglas, said ‘I am thrilled and humbled that so many wonderful short stories were received from not only people living in Ullapool, but also Scoraig, Achiltibuie, Dundonnell, Lochinver and Inverkirkaig. The level of interest just proves that there is a need for the UW500 and I am very grateful to those who made it happen in such a short period of time and during lockdown, when the country was in crisis. We will certainly aim to make this competition an annual event. ’
Adult Judge Stephen Keeler said ‘Literary judges always say that ‘the quality floats to the top,’ and that winning entries usually announce themselves readily and at once. The winning entry in the UW500 did exactly that and therefore was easy to spot. Every single entry had something to commend it. I was delighted to have been asked to be involved in judging the UW500.’

And now on to the winners:

For the Adult Category (500 word short story based on the theme of holidays):

Phil Jones, Lochinver 1st Prize £50 book token
Alastair Cunningham, Ullapool 2nd Prize £30 book token
Kizzy Cochrane, Ullapool 3rd Prize £15 book token

Children’s Category 5-8 years old:
1st Prize (5-8 years old category): £50 book token NIALL MACLEOD
2nd Prize (5-8 years old): £30 book token DANIEL MASON

Children’s 9-18 Category:
1st Prize: £50 book token AMELIE POMEROY-SOOS
Joint 2nd Prize: £30 book token DOUGAL MASTERSON / TACITA ANGELL
Joint 3rd Prize: £15 book token LAILA INGLIS / MARIANNE MACKENZIE

Due to the large number of entries in the 9-18 Category, Katrina Thomson, owner of the Ullapool Bookshop who is supporting the book token prizes, has decided to award 2 x 2nd and 2 x 3rd prizes. ‘because there has been such a large turnout of children in the 9-18 category, we felt it was only right to award 2 additional 2nd and 3rd prizes.’

All of the winning entries will also be published in a short story collection, which will be available from the Ullapool Bookshop in Autumn 2020. The winners will be notified by either phone or email on 30th July and they will each receive a letter confirming their prizes. Thanks are also due to Ullapool Harbour Trust, Ullapool Community Trust (Community Benefit Fund) and Angus Bruce Photography, whose donations will make this publication possible.

Contact: Katharine Douglas, Ullapool Bookshop Manager
01854 612918 (07742 191 210)
[email protected]


World Book Day fun at the Ullapool Bookshop

We were thrilled to welcome classes from Ullapool Primary School to Ullapool Bookshop on Thursday 5th March. In total 6 different groups come and we had 113 World Book Day vouchers which were redeemed in total in one day, surely a new record for the bookshop. Clearly a lot of effort and thought had gone into the day, we saw some fabulous outfits from teachers and children alike and the final group were even treated to storytime from the Bookshop Manager too! Here are a couple of photos from the day. World Book Day 2020