"Applecross and Torridon - Scenery To Die For....." Applecross by nickandchris
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As there is no facility on Vt for Torridon I shall include it in my Applecross page.
Our 2007 Scottish holiday in the motorhome was to the north western Highland region of Wester Ross and the Glenelg peninsula, a little further south.
We had decided to head as far north as we were going to go on our first day and then work our way back, southwards. Loch Torridon was our destination, somewhere Nick had stayed many years ago and longed to return to. Torridon village is tiny and remote but does have a village shop as well as a Youth Hostel and a small museum. It also is the home to the rather splendid Loch Torridon Hotel set on the south shore of the loch. The village is dwarfed by the Torridon mountains rising steeply behind and they form a most spectacular backdrop. A popular area with walkers. Our first night was spent in the carpark for the start of the walk up Beinn Alligin. The next day we managed to find the one and only spot to camp right on the loch side and as the sun came out we enjoyed spectacular views up the loch. We even managed to get the boat out and catch a few mackerel. A most stunning location.
From here we took a trip on the motorbike to the end of the road, to Diabaig, a most beatiful location and a truly "interesting road!"We also called in at Alligin and Inveralligin, a couple of tiny lochside hamlets.
Time to move on, destination Shieldaig, just to the west of Loch Torridon and on Loch Shieldaig. Funnily enough, I had high expectations for this place but in the end, we didn't stay. We looked at the free camping spot, above the village but to be honest, this and the lochside were totally useless for us getting the boat out. There was just nowhere we could park and camp by the water so we moved on after looking round the village. We found ourselves heading for the next place on our "hit" list, Applecross.
Applecross is situated in the far west of Wester Ross and has only two routes in by road .The oldest road, built in 1822, is the famous Bealach na Ba Pass (Pass of the Cattle) which twists and turns on a single track road, reaching heights of 2053 feet in just over five miles. Strangely enough, there is a camping and caravan site at the bottom of the pass on the Applecross side. Be warned, DO NOT take a caravan over here.
The alternative route is around the coast, a spectacular single track road only completed in the 1970's, running above the coast and also with stunning views (on a clear day!!) We opted for this route, being in a 24 foot motorhome and really enjoyed the wonderful vistas we were fortunate to have on one of our few sunny days.
Although Applecross is a small, isolated village, you'll find accommodation, a camp site, a pub serving an excellent menu, restaurant, post office and shop, a heritage centre and plenty of walking!!!
The name Applecross is a corruption of Aber Crossan (mouth of River Crossan) and today the river is known as the River Applecross.On many parts of this river you'll find infromation boards about the re-introduction of salmon to it's waters and lots more interesting information about the surrounding area. In various parts of Applecross, you'll come across information boards and you come away from the area actually feeling you have learnt a little bit about this remote place.
The main development of Applecross arose from the Applecross House and Estate, which was built in 1740 and created employment for huge numbers of people, hence the village of Applecross arose around the estate to supply it's needs. Today, the estate is open for walks and to visit the walled garden and restaurant .
An excellent source of info on Applecross is
We free camped on the beach, to the north of the village, close to the Heritage centre and Clachan Church. A great place to stay with lovely views of wild mountains behind and seawards to the islands of Raasay and Skye. During our stay, we saw almost everything in the area. We visited the church and graveyard at Clachan, the Heritage Centre, the Applecross Estate walks and walled garden and even the pub. We also had trips out on the motorbike to the south of the peninsula, to Toscaig and all the small creeks in-between. A fascinating area.
Time to leave and Nick decided to tacke the Pass of the Cattle. Oh dear. Well, that's another story, to be found in transport tip here!!!!
- Pros:Remote, wild and beautiful.
- Cons:Roads in and out not for the faint hearted.....
- In a nutshell:An end of the world feel for a beautiful location.
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