Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom

Although not large by some standards, Ullapool is among largest communities in the Scottish Highlands. The neat white buildings that make up its waterfront face onto a shingle beach and scatter up the slopes behind. The Wester Ross region is famous for its majestic mountains and picturesque villages. Knockan Crag in nearby Achiltibue has an informative interpretive site showing the looming Moine Thrust that proved to be an important milestone in geologist’s understanding of plate tectonics. The mile-long, 200-foot deep Corrieshalloch Gorge can be viewed from a breathtaking suspension bridge or an overlook. Slightly further afield are the dramatic pinnacles of Stac Pollaidh and the sea cliffs at Rhue lighthouse. In Ullapool, you might explore the town museum or the community gallery An Talla Solais.