THE tiny picturesque west coast village of Ullapool has been chosen as a guest harbour for the forthcoming Tall Ships Cruise in Company Races 2011.
Ullapool is delighted to be welcoming these majestic ships, made all the more special by the fact that is coincides with Ullapool Harbour Trust’s centenary year.
To welcome the fleet, the Harbour Trust, along with other local community groups, have put together a welcoming festival of events over the weekend of Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July to mark the occasion and celebrate in style.
Due to the anticipated number of visitors to the village, access to the pier to view the Tall Ships is being limited to 2,500 passes per day.
These passes are only available online at www.ullapooltallships.co.uk on a first come, first served basis.
Once these have gone, there will be no further passes released for the event. Tickets are already selling fast, so it’s advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
The festival will be officially opened at midday on Friday, July 15, by the Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band.
Over the two days there will be a host of activities including a Street Market, Buskers, Street Entertainers, Fairground Rides, Inter Ship Skiff Racing and Tug-O-War, Giant Strip the Willow and a Helicopter and Lifeboat display, along with a selection of evening hospitality packages available on-board the visiting Tall Ships.
To round off each evening there will be a concert staged in a licensed marquee on the pier.
Friday night will see a line up of some of the Islands finest bands in the shape of The Vatersay Boys from Barra and Tiree’s Skerryvore. Saturday night Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors being the curtain down, supported by local favourites The Naked Strangers.