Welcome to Applecross


A road leads here 25 winding miles from Shieldaig, but more spectacular (accessed from further south on the A896) is the magnificent Bealach na Bà (626m; Pass of the Cattle), the third-highest motor road in the UK, and the longest continuous climb. Originally built in 1822, it climbs steeply and hair-raisingly via hairpin bends perched over sheer drops, with gradients of up to 25%, then drops dramatically to the village with views of Skye.


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Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Day 1 Head north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay, and then into the Cairngorm National Park and to the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate. After lunch you’ll spend time on the shores of Loch Insh and then take a short forest walk to the ruins of Loch an Eilean castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch to village of Dores where you can do some Nessie spotting! Overnight in Ullapool. Day 2After breakfast, you'll travel into Assynt. Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beach at Achmelvich Bay. Then, stop in the village of Lochinver for free time. Later, return to your hotel. Day 3Following breakfast, you'll travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the coast of Loch Torridon. Stop in Applecross to eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britain’s highest road. Drink in the views, and then arrive in the Plockton. Stretch your legs and snap photos of Loch Carron. Continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure. Day 4: Enjoy a flexible day on Skye. Depending on the prevailing conditions you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery. You might visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns, with water cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you might travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively your driver/guide might choose a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Return to Portree for a free evening and to your overnight accommodation. Day 5: After breakfast, you'll travel south from Skye to the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, situated at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. The stronghold was used in the filming of the movie Highlander. Continue eastward through the rugged mountains of Kintail, past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. You’ll stop in Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart.

$53.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Applecross Peninsula Day Trip from Inverness

Set off from Inverness by luxury minibus and drive to the dramatic Applecross Peninsula, passing a scenic stretch of land known as the Black Isle. The journey takes a couple of hours, so you’ll stop on the way in the charismatic village of Lochcarron – one of the gems of the northwest highlands –to take a stroll around and explore.Continue on to Arndarroch village for breathtaking views of Loch Kishorn, and then climb the steep Bealach nam Ba (Pass of the Cattle) – Britain’s third highest road – in your minibus. Reaching 2,000 feet (610 meters) high, the summit of the pass boasts incredible views over to the Isle of Skye.At the heart of Applecross Peninsula is the beautiful village of Applecross, located on a sweeping bay. Here you’ll have time to spend at leisure; perhaps get some lunch, enjoy the spectacular seascape or learn about Highland history at the Applecross Heritage Centre (lunch and entrance fees at own expense). Wildlife is plentiful in the Applecross area, so watch out for red deer, otters and pine martens – one of the rarest British mammals.After discovering Applecross’s charms, meet your expert guide back on board your minibus for a drive along the banks of Loch Torridon to the town of Shieldaig, where you can walk around. Travel on through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – Britain’s oldest – where you can expect to see golden eagles soaring above the ancient pine woods. Return to Inverness, passing the picturesque Highland villages of Kinlochewe and Achnasheen. You’ll arrive back in Inverness in the early evening.

$50.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Inverness to Torridon, Applecross, Eilean Donan Full-Day Trip

Begin your day with an early early start at 8:30am. Meet your driver and guide at the Inverness Bus Station, where he will take you westward toward Kinlochewe and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. You will arrive here at approximately 10am. Here, take in the imposing Beinn Eighe Ridge, which gives way to the world famous Loch Maree, home to the majestic Golden Eagle. Heading down through Torridon toward Shieldaig, pass some of Europe's most ancient geology and wild scenery. Arrive at Applecross at approximately 12:30pm where you can enjoy a spot of lunch. Enjoy incredible views of the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides on the route to Eilean Donan Castle, where you'll arrive at approximately 4pm. This picture-perfect castle is perched on a junction of three gorgeous Lochs. (Entrance to the castle is approximately £7.50). Around 5:30pm, following the visit to the castle, head along the shores of Loch Ness to Inverness, arriving in the early evening (at approximately 7:30pm).

$91.29 Day Trips & Excursions

North coast 500, Inverness to Bealach Na Ba

Leaving Inverness at 08:00 pick up at Bank Street Inverness, heading straight into the mountains over the Black Isle and to Corrie Shallock Gorge, we will drive towards Gairloch, usually we see wild goats along the villages on the coastal road. Red deer are often spotted too and the odd eagle or two.  We don’t have designated stops. We have allowed for plenty of stops though and as a relaxed tour as is possible, we do stop for a hot chocolate at Gairloch, and also Loch Maree for lunch and a half hour hike or so. We provide a quality picnic lunch which can be eaten by the water or taken off on a hike of your own choosing.  We head towards Applecross on the single track roads, along the coastline and through the small villages, this is a tour that shows you how people in the Highlands really live.  We will see Highland cows larger than you have ever seen, beaches of every colour, maybe a seal or two. As we start to climb over the Bealach na Ba and reach the summit you will feel on top of the world. Looking out over to the Isle of Skye before we descend back toward Loch Carron, a  truly magnificent view as we go down the switch backs.  Returning back to Inverness at around 7pm. Drop off at Bank Street Inverness

$74.21 Cultural & Theme Tours

Big Perth Day Tour

The Big Perth Day Tour begins at your hotel or designated pick up point in Perth City. A 9am start is normal but we can start as early as 7.30am in summer if you want to catch the beautiful morning light that Perth is famous for. The following list of locations is a broad summary of the day but can be adjusted if you have other interests. *Perths City Farm. A unique community space built on the original Perth Tram Workshops and contains historic buildings which are used for community events, music performances, conferences, and weddings. Features intensively cultivated fruit orchards, vegie beds, garden nursery and chickens. Cool street art and sculpture are everywhere - Great for kids, garden and street art lovers. *Heirisson Island. This beautiful space only 5 minutes from the city is home to a small family of female kangaroos which inhabit the parkland. Lakes,manicured grassy spaces and bushland provide a natural setting for the Kangaroos and they are a very chilled mob of ladies. Children of all ages will love the freedom to wander around and explore this beautiful space. *A series of inner city drive-bys including the Matagarup Bridge and the Optus stadium precinct. For kids there are awesome nature playgrounds with ziplines. *South Perth for a short historical stop at the Old Perth Mill and take in the cityscape views from the South Perth Foreshore. *Through the leafy suburbs of Como to old Canning Bridge, home to a pod of Pelicans which have secured "real-estate" on top of the bridge lights. There are excellent cafes in this area for tea, coffee or cakes if required. *From November to January, the streets of Applecross draw tourists for the mass of purple flowering Jacaranda trees. *Drive along the southern river foreshore for a look at a range of eclectic, affluent and outrageous architecture, the Point Walter sandbar and the beautiful secluded river cliff views at Blackwall Reach. *Fremantle offers a large range of options for lunch depending on your budget and tastebuds. There are galleries, maritime museums, heritage architecture and of coarse the Markets. Fremantle can easily consume a full day on its own so choosing what you want to do & see can be challenging. We'll guide you - dont panic! *North of the river after lunch we pass by the bustle of the shipping harbour to a range of destinations including iconic Cottesloe beach, the famous Blue Boat Shed and Kings Parks magnificent Botanical Gardens. This can be a very busy tour, or you can edit the selections for a more relaxed day.

$521.68 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Glory of Ross

Still very unspoiled and remote, Wester Ross is very often missed from the visitor’s itinerary, possibly through pressure of time.If there is one area of the Highlands that affords different and breathtaking views as another bend of the road unwinds, then it is this spectacular area. Mirrored, majestic mountains, heather hills, tree lined lochs and wildlife abound here.The songwriter, Dave Goulder, an Englishman who has made his home and living in the Highlands of Scotland, sums it up in his song,And, if I had a hundred homes,and could stay in each a while,I’d build them all along the coastfrom Sandwood down to Kyle.A day’s journey can encompass Achnasheen, Lochcarron and Applecross with its long association with Saint Maelrubha, who founded a monastery there. Maelrhuba later made his home on one of Loch Maree’s islands and gave the Loch its name. The mountain road, to Applecross, the Bealach Nam Bo, (Pass of the Cattle) rises a thousand feet in a mile and a half. Not for the faint hearted!On through the idyllic villages of Shieldaig and Torridon to Kinlochewe and spectacular views of Loch Maree. Ben Eighe and Torridon are a Nature Reserve. Through Gairloch and Aultbea we reach the world famous tropical gardens of Inverewe at Poolewe. The gardens are influenced by the warm current from the faraway Gulf Stream and were originally planted by Sir Osgood MacKenzie over 100 years ago. They are now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.Our homeward journey takes us past the Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach. A panoramic view from there is afforded of Loch Broom tempting the visitor to visit Ullapool, Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles.The beautiful county of Sutherland awaits for another day.

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