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Applecross is a small remote Village in northwest Scotland, 80 miles west of Inverness, 27 miles southwest of Torridon, popular for its Mountain Road, Outdoor Activities, and Views over the Isle of Skye. The Peninsular is also known as Applecross.

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The image top is of the Bealach Cafe at the start of the Mountain Road to Applecross named Bealach na Ba / Pass of the Cattle.

The image second top is looking back down the Mountain Road at the steepest point. This part of the road is real steep with hairpin bends that have to be taken in first gear.

If you have a large camper van or towing caravan, it is best to use the coastal road to Applecross.

The Viewpoint is at 2,053ft, close to the top of the top of the 2,539ft / 774m Sgurr a' Chaorachain mountain, from where there are even more dramatic views if you hike the top 500ft. Mountain Hike Images.

Applecross Campsite is at the east entrance to the Village from the Mountain Road. The campsite has pitches for Tents, Motorhomes, and has Camping Huts and Caravans for hire.

The small Village of Applecross has a Gift and Crafts shop, and Cafe / Bistro at the entrance.

Mountain and Sea Guides are situated in the Village centre offering a wide range of activities such as Sea Kayaking, Walking, Hiking, and Climbing. They also hire Kayaks.

The Applecross Inn is probably the top attraction in the area with it specializing in Seafood.

Applecross Walled Garden with a Cafe and Restaurant is one mile north of the Village.

The Applecross Heritage Centre is also about one mile north of the Village, giving historical information on the area and old images.

The Coastal Road north to Torridon is about 34 miles passing through a number of Hamlets. The Coastal Road has views over Raasay Island and the Isle of Skye.

Applecross History

500s? - the Pictish name for this Peninsular was Aporcrosan.

672 - the Irish Saint Maelrubha founded a Monastery at Applecross.

A number of Churches were built in the area dedicated to Saint Maelrubha, including a Chapel on Isle Maree in Loch Maree. Loch Maree is 65 miles north of Applecross with the famous Oak Tree that people hammer coins into before making a Wish. Boat Trips.

1817 - the Applecross Parish Church was built close to where the Monastery was.

1822 - a Gravel road was built over the Mountain to Applecross Village. Before this time, the Village could only be reached by boat.

1897 - large Ferries began running between Kyle of Lochalsh 40 miles south of Applecross and the Isle of Harris, stopping to pick up passengers at Applecross, with the passengers having to use small boats to travel out to the Ferries.

1960s - the Mountain road was surfaced with Tar. This road can be blocked by snow for a few months each winter.

1975 - the Coastal Road north to Torridon was completed, leading to Applecross being accessible most of the year.

Today - the Applecross Peninsular attracts many tourists interested in the more remote parts of Scotland with small Hamlets. The coastal road ends at Toscaig, 4 miles south of Applecross, where there was a Pier for boat links to the Peninsular.



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