The Dipping Lugger overlooks Loch Broom in Ullapool. This 18th century former manse has been…
The Dipping Lugger
“Contemporary Scottish cooking overlooking the loch” - AA Inspector
On the shore of Loch Broom, The Dipping Lugger is an 18th-century former manse transformed into a luxurious venue by local distillers. Unclothed marble tables and an open fire add to the charm, and Ullapool’s famous seafood is a focus of the menu. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, tasting menus are the way to go, the choice changing with the seasons. Menu descriptions are terse, but a ‘wild garlic’ starter is a vibrantly coloured opener, the foraged ingredient paired with Jersey Royals. It might be followed by a perfectly timed piece of ‘halibut’, served with mushroom ravioli and asparagus.
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- Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 2–10 February, 3–9 July, 18–24 December
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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