The Captain’s Cabin is a unique Scottish Gift and Craft Shop, situated on the corner of Quay Street and Shore Street, directly above Lochbroom Hardware and next to The Ullapool Bookshop, in the beautiful village of Ullapool, Ross-shire. The building itself is one of the oldest in Ullapool, built when Ullapool was established as a fishing village in 1788 by the British Fishery Society. Originally built as a fishing store and salt warehouse, it has had many uses over the years and in 1946 it opened as The Captain’s Cabin. Once in the shop, you can also see our unusual historical display cabinets, containing: A Golden Eagle, Trout and Salmon that have been caught locally and also a replica model of the ship: SV Ross-shire, which was built in Greenock in 1891.
The Captain’s Cabin was first established as a Gift and Tea shop in 1946 by Mrs Constance Mitford of Lochbroom. The business has remained in the family ever since and is run today by her grand-daughter Mrs Katrina Thomson.
The Captain’s Cabin tries to find unique and unusual items to sell. Katrina Thomson does the buying and in addition to visiting the main trade fairs also sources stock from small Scottish manufacturers. Some of the highlights include: Tain Pottery, Castle Melamine, Scottish Fine Soaps, Ness, Kenneth Turner, The Oxford Bag Co, Ulster Weavers, Sew Heart Felt, Dunoon Pottery and Jelly Cat, as well as locally made crafts and gifts.
Ullapool Trading has just launched a new niche website offering local books, gifts and cards for sale online.
Visitors coming into the shop are amazed the range of wares on offer, with items on shelves, hanging from the original beams, on window sills and also the eye catching display stands. The shop has been re-designed over the years, but you can still see the original beams and very thick walls of the original 18th Century structure, all of which are surrounded by gifts, pottery, knitwear, local crafts, soaps, hand-made walking sticks, handbags, tweed products and a tempting range of food goodies.
We do hope that you will visit the Captain’s Cabin here in Ullapool and if you would like to see examples of the items on sale, please visit our Gallery.