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Ulva is a privately owned island with a thriving population of some 16 people who are involved variously in traditional sheep and cattle farming, fish farming, oyster farming and tourism. There are no tarmac roads on Ulva, so no cars, just the 4 wheel cross country bikes used by all inhabitants, young and old.
The proprietors (the Howard family) are dedicated to creating a balance between the needs of the community and the preservation of one of Scotland's most unique, beautiful and accessible islands.
Whatever your reason for visiting Ulva, walking is one of the best. There are five walks of varying length and they all begin from a signpost just up the hill from Sheila's Cottage. The walks are all mapped out in the Ulva Guide Book which can be purchased from The Boathouse restaurant. As a guide, the longest walk will take about five hours so you need to be aware of the time you set off and the time of the last ferry. And to save the risk of a turned ankle make sure your footwear is appropriate for rough terrain.
Cyclists are welcome. We would advise that bikes should be of the mountain bike variety as the tracks are very rough and adequate protective wear is advised.
Can be arranged. Please ring one of the telephone numbers listed overleaf for advice. Guidelines have been drawn up in order to preserve the wilderness and wildlife for future generations and are on display at the Boat House. Organised camping groups wishing to camp on Ulva Must contact the manager for advice well beforehand: Tel/Fax: 01688 500264 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible dogs and their owners are welcome. Dogs may be restricted to various areas especially during springtime (lambing) when the sight of a dog is enough to cause acute stress to sheep and wildlife. Please observe the guidelines on display at the Boat House.
Are welcome and are advised to contact the Boat House by phone beforehand to avoid possible delays during busy periods, especially if meals are required.
Parking is available in our car park just up from the pier at Ulva Ferry. When this is full there is additional parking nearby.