went cycling for a few days and stayed here (its pretty much the only place to stay in Applecross which isnt that big)
Land lady was very acomodating (found storage for our 6 bikes), the food was fantastic, excellent selection and huge portions.
Atmosphere in the bar is really good too.
The breakfast is not for the faint hearted either!
No mobile reception but they do do free wifi (only other option is the phone box in the village)
There is a disabled access room on the ground floor
Torridon village itself is a treat. A few houses and cottages, a basic campsite (away from the loch) a YHA, a Countryside Centre, Deer Museum and a well stocked village shop.
We were suprised on a Saturday morning how quiet the village was. Wonderfully peaceful and such stunning scenery. There are parking places in the village with fantastic views over the loch and picnic tables for when the midges have disappeared.
Accommodation ranges from holiday lets (I would like to know how many houses are actually lived in all year round), a basic, very muddy and midgey campsite, an area where free camping is permitted on the south lochshore, (honesty box pays for local amenities upkeep etc.)a modern Youth Hostel, lodges and the grand Victorian Loch Torridon Hotel, on the south shore of the loch, set in superb grounds.
I think the location and scenery make Torridon stand out in my mind more than many places. Our stay on the lochside was great, despite midges. The one morning when we awoke to sun and a beautifully calm loch was memorable. Not often you get moments like those.
Although we didn't actually camp here, it looked a good spot, next to the river Alligin and a short distance from the loch side.
A grassy area with a sign saying camping and an honesty box. However, it had rained a lot and it did look quite wet. I have a feeling we may have become bogged in if we had driven on in the motorhome. In fact, I'm certain!!!! Could have been midgey.
Remote, peaceful. No facilities, no shop, nothing. Great for beach and hill walking.
After our first night camped in the carpark by the waterfall we drove back to the loch and found the one and only spot to pull off the road to camp. Not exactly a dead level pitch, but what the heck!!
A beautiful location where we took the boat out and enjoyed the specacular views over the mountains.
The changing light on the mountains, the cloud formations creeping over the peaks, the reflections on the loch and the peacefulness, until a white van decided the optimum place to camp was a mere few feet from us. There really wasn't room for the two of us. Not to worry, they didn't seem as though they would bother us, that was until we had gone to bed and the occupants of the van decided they had to have the engine running for an hour. Time to be off..... Still, we got our own back by rising at 6.30 the following morning and taking the boat, which involved lots of noise from the ouboard and then packing up equally noisily....!!!!!!
By the time we arrived in Torridon, time was marching on. We drove along the loch, on the look-out for a good spot to camp but to no avail. I had read of the carpark on the road to Diabaig, the start of the hike up Beinn Alligin, as a possibility for stopping the night. There were a few cars parked here, a surfaced, slightly sloping park but plenty of room to turn round and park as levelly as possible (which wasn't very level.) It would do, there were no signs forbidding us and we felt safe and relaxed. Gradually, hikers returned to their vehicles and we were left on our own. What a peaceful nght we spent, the only sound being the river running behind us. There were penalties to pay, though. It was very midgey!!!!
Make sure you have a walk to look at the waterfall and then follow the river downhill. You come to some deep pools and more falls and finally there is a small inland loch belonging to a hotel on the loch shore, I think. Wonderful reflections here.
Be aware the road to this car park is steep, narrow and with a couple of hairpin bends. We made t in our 24 feet motorhome so it couldn't have been that bad. Mind you, there was nowhere we could have turned round, we just had to keep going!!!
Although we didn't bother staying at this campsite, (the only one in Applecross) we thought we'd have a look at it. It's set over six acres of fields and all pitches are grass. As it had been raining for a long time, it was rather wet and we could imagine getting well and truly bogged down in a motorhome.
There are toilet and shower facilities as well as a cafe, The Flower Tunnel, which apparently does excellent breakfasts. Also a pay phone and an ATM.
It was quite a steep hike down to the village from the site, ok if you are in a car but not so good if you are on foot or in a largish motorhome.
Midges, rain and mud!!!
Just being in a beautiful location.
We were fortunate enough to arrive in Applecross in good weather. There were a couple of parking areas further up the coast, away from the beach but we opted for the flat, level, grassy area immediately behind the huge, sandy beach.
Wonderful views (in clear weather) across the bay to the Isles of Rona, Raasay and Skye.
Later that day it rained but we still managed to sit out under the shelter for the information board, until it really poured.
The next night it blew a gale and really POURED. In the morning, I noticed that the tents pitched further round had disappeared but the cars were still there. They must have had a rough night!!!
The really good thing about this place was that no matter how much it rained, we didn't get bogged in. The ground just soaked the water up really quickly.
Very handy for the Heritage Centre and old church, situated on the site of a former monastery.
Applecross village (with public toilets and a pub) was probably a good10 min.walk although we used the motorbike.
Be warned, the midges were pretty diabolical here.
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