Applecross

Between the mainland mountain masses and the Island of Skye lies the Applecross Peninsula. Home to around 238 people, and accessed by only two roads, this is a haven from the noise and clutter of modern life.

The Gaelic name for the area, ‘a Chomraich’, means ‘The Sanctuary’. It's not the easiest place to get to but you’ll never forget the journey or the time you spend here, however brief. Over the 2053 ft road called the Bealach na Ba, if the cloud has lifted, you’ll see the kind of views normally reserved only for sweaty mountaineers. Panoramas to the Outer Hebrides and South to the Kintail mountains will keep you gazing until you need to descend to the village for warmth and sustenance.

Applecross itself was one of earliest seats of Christianity in Scotland, and the main community here is a tranquil village providing a contrast to the scenery you have just come through to get there.

We could wax lyrical about the fantastic beaches, the calm waters of the Inner Sound and the gentle hills above the crofting townships, the food, the music, the sunsets and more. 

The Inn sitting by the shore in the village has an excellent reputation for its seafood specialities (Tel: 01520 744262). The Flower Tunnel cafe / restaurant & Broch bar, on the Applecross campsite, provide teas, snacks and an evening restuarant menu (Tel: 01520 744268 & 744284).

The Applecross Historical Society runs the Heritage Centre situated opposite Clachan Church and graveyard, and near the site of ancient St Maelrubha's monastery. Open from Easter to the end of October - Monday to Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm.

Kayaking holidays and tuition can be provided by local company 'Mountain & Sea Guides'.

Sands beach is approximately 4 miles from Applecross, and definitely the best beach in the area. It was the home of TV presenter Monty Halls during his popular TV series in 2009 with a large sandy beach, sand dune, and shallow sandy bay it will definitely give the kids a good run around. On your way back from the beach to the car park you will see a rock shelter which is a Mesolithic dwelling used 9,500 years ago.

To find out more about the Applecross Peninsula, and the many attractions that await you there, have a look at the Applecross community website.

 

Eating Out

Applecross SmokehouseApplecross Smokehouse - Smoked food products and sales

Locally Smoked fish, cheese, and shellfish available for purchase in our shop, or online.

Tigh a' Chracaich, Kenmore, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, , IV54 8XH

Tel: 01520 755367

Hostels

Hartfield HouseHartfield House

Superbly located Hostel accommodation in stunning Applecross, Wester Ross, North West Highlands of Scotland

Hartfield House, Applecross, Wester Ross, IV54 8ND

Tel: 01520 744 333

Hotel

Applecross InnApplecross Inn

Traditional Inn in Applecross, Wester Ross, Scottish Highlands, North West Scotland with excellent reputation for food and real ale. Details of accommodation and tarriff

Shore Street Applecross Wester Ross, IV54 8LR

Tel: 01520 744262

Self Catering

Airdaniar CottageAirdaniar Cottage

Self catering accommodation in beautiful Applecross, Wester Ross, in the Scottish highlands. Fantastic views straight across towards the Isle of Skye over the peaceful blue waters of the "Minch".

Airdaniar Cottage, Applecross, Strathcarron, IV54 8XL

Tel: 01520 744320

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Posted on Wednesday, November 8th 2017

Red Squirrels return to several areas of Wester Ross!

Red squirrels, a species previously lost from their native woodlands, have been successfully returned to the north-west Highlands, early results of a reintroduction project show. The new population has naturally expanded Full Story...

Posted on Tuesday, May 30th 2017

So many visitors!

The Wester Ross gardens’ guardians, the National Trust for Scotland, said yesterday the recent renovation of the estate’s grand home Inverewe House had also helped boost business since reopening after the win Full Story...

A simply beautiful part of the world. I stayed near Gairloch with my family recently, and we'll certainly be back.
Jeff Gilberston, Florida

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