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A weather-beaten highland metropolis, Ullapool acts as an excellent base for exploring the stunning mountains and beautiful beaches of Wester Ross and also a jumping off point for exploring the Western Isles.
Loopallu Music Festival - This music festival attracts big names considering the moderate size of venue. In 2008, it will be held from 18 to 20 September.
Inverness Airport (IATA: INV, ICAO: EGPE) is two hours away by road.
Scottish Citylink and local operators run daily services from Inverness.
CalMac ferries do a daily return trip to Stornaway.
Fish & Chips are plentiful but for more upscale offerings try The Ceilidh Place with its ever changing chalk board menu reflecting the diversity of food on offer and its use of predominantly local produce.
Ullapool's a town where you definitely won't be thirsty. Weekend action is focused on the Seaforth near the pier whilst other places worth a pint or two are the Ferry Boat Inn (FBI), The Caley Inn and the Ceilidh Place's modest little bar.
YHA on Shore Street or Scotpackers on West Argyle Street
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Wifi is available at the Seaforth or Mountain Café on West Argyle Street whilst Scotpackers or the local library at the high school provide internet terminals.
Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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