Information about Applecross
Although many people refer to the small community at Shore Street as Applecross, Applecross actually comprises the small communities, known as townships, scattered along the coast of the Peninsula.
Ard-dhubh and Saint Island with the Cuillin in the background
The scenic beauty of sea and mountains combined is arguably unmatched anywhere in Scotland. The views across the Inner Sound, where the water is influenced by the Gulf Stream, are spectacular and the rugged profile of the Cuillin of Skye, Raasay, Rona and the islands of the Outer Hebrides provides a magnificent panorama.
Until 1976, the only road access to Applecross was by the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) which offers spectacular views from the top. Then, the only access to many areas of the Peninsula was either by footpath, bridle path or sea. Along the coast of the Peninsula, lighting was by paraffin lamp until electricity was finally introduced after the coast road was built. Even today, there are a few remote cottages where access is still only by foot or by sea.
The coast road now gives alternative access to the Peninsula, and gives views over Loch Torridon, where many scenes from the film 'Loch Ness' were filmed, and the imposing Torridon mountains.
The north coast road, Loch Torridon and the Torridon mountains
The bay at Sand
Applecross bay is one of the largest sandy inlets in the Western Highlands and is ideal for sailing, boating and sail boarding. Kayaking can also be organised with local tuition and guiding.
Walking for all levels of fitness is available, from gentle strolls through woodland to hill walking and climbing in some of the quietest mountain areas of the Western Highlands.
Wildlife abounds and includes pine martens, otters, seals and red deer. Many varieties of bird life inhabit the Peninsula and, for the lucky, and observant, the Golden Eagle may be seen. Porpoises and occasionally whales can be seen in the Inner Sound.
Sea fishing is available from the shore, and brown trout fishing on the hill lochans.
The beautiful sandy bay at Sand is popular with tourists, but is never busy. Sand is the location of Beachcomber Cottage which appeared in the BBC television programme 'Monty Halls Great Escape'.
The Potting Shed Restaurant
The award winning Applecross Inn offers excellent local seafood as does the Potting Shed Restaurant in the historic Walled Garden of Applecross House. There is a well stocked village store, post office and a community owned filling station. Fresh shellfish can be purchased from local fishermen and croft grown vegetables and other local produce are available at the producers' market held regularly in the Walled Garden.
Boat trips are available from Poll Creadh in Applecross and from Portree on Skye. At Kyle there are trips in a glass bottomed boat and seal trips from Plockton.
Within easy reach are Attadale Gardens (voted one of the best gardens in Scotland), Eilean Donan Castle, and the Brochs at Glenelg.
St Maelrubha established Applecross as a sanctuary over thirteen hundred years ago and today it still provides sanctuary for those wishing to escape the pressures of modern life.
Guest comment - Surely one of the most beautiful and enchanting places in the world.