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ULLAPOOL (Web: www.ullapool.co.uk ), the northwest's principal centre of population, was founded at the height of the herring boom in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society, on a sheltered arm of land jutting into Loch Broom. The grid-plan town is still an important fishing centre, though the ferry link to Stornoway on Lewis ensures that in high season it's swamped with visitors. Though busy, Ullapool remains a hugely appealing place and a good base for exploring the northwest Highlands. Accommodation is plentiful and Ullapool is an obvious hideaway if the weather is bad, with cosy pubs, a swimming pool …
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