Yet again, another rainy interlude!!!Applecross Estate walled garden isn't actually advertised, there are just directions to the Potting Shed, the restaurant inside the garden. No admission and to be honest, not a lot to look at except a huge amount of varying types of lettuces gone to seed, mainly. There were herbs and other vegetables hidden...more
A real get away from it all place!!! Take the road along the north shore of Loch Torridon and travel the eight miles to Lower Diabaig. It's another spectacular single track road, climbing steeply up the Bealach na Gaoithe pass, passing the inland loch of Diabaigas Airde and upper Diabaig (a couple of cottages) and then descending extremely steeply...more
This seemed to actually be two places, Alligin Shuas and Inveralligin. Very much off the beaten track but an interesting little place to visit. No facilities whatsoever although you are allowed to camp by the River Alligin which flows into Loch Torridon here.Just a few cottages, a phone box, post box,village notice board, bus shelter and a dig your...more
Head away from Torridon Loch towards Diabaig. A couple of miles further on, there is a carpark for hikers tackling some of the bigger walks around here. It's the start of the path up Bein Alligin and the Torridon mountains. Opposite the car park is a reasonable wayterfall. We tried walking to it but couldn't get a better view than from the road as...more
This was quite an interesting place. There are two parts to it, the first part is the new jetty where the fishing boats load and unload. We went down on the motorbike to have a look but there was no action other than a sailing boat passing on it's way out of the creek. Not what you would call pretty, but a work-a-day place where I took a couple of...more
From Applecross, the narrow road continues southwards, through Milton, where there was a mill but the only remains are the pond and a grinding stone or two in people's gardens. The road passes the tiny creeks of Camusteel and Camusterrach, both fairly tatty backwaters that dry out at low tide, by-passes Ard Dhubh and ends at Toscaig Pier. The...more
In 1997, the Applecross Trust opened the land on the estate to the public, thus enabling locals and visitors to enjoy the glories of the landscape around them. From Applecross Estate, there are way-marked paths, heading along the riverside and up into the hills. They are all well sign posted and have information points along the way.I opted to take...more
The church is built on the site of a monastery built by an Irish monk, Maelrubha, in 671AD. The area was known as the Sanctuary. Today, nothing bar the odd stone remains of the monastery. The parish church was built in 1818 but is also now mainly and sadly, disused, apart from funerals or so I have read. Whatever, it has a beautifully simple...more
Applecross has a fascinating, modern new Heritage Centre, opened in 2003. As it was raining (once again) we decided we'd better pay the centre a visit. We weren't expecting anything very exciting but at least it would get us out of the van for a while.It actually was a very interesting place and we learnt much about the area and why Applecross...more
Shieldaig is picture postcard pretty and has an island feel about it with it's row of white washed houses running along the waterfront, looking out to Shieldaig Island.It sits on Loch Shieldaig, an off-shoot of Upper Loch Torridon and is mainly by-passed by the main road. It's name derives from the Norse word for herring bay, which was originally...more
Applecross is one of the most tranquil, beautiful places in the world. Its been popular with travellers for over 30 years now, so I don't need to advertise its existence. Shore Street is a street of terraced houses overlooking Applecross bay. Glorious in the summer when its sunny.The Bhealich is the highest mountain road in UK which you take to get...more
applecross inn has an excellent reputation as a sea food restaurant and was filled to capacity and beyond the whole of the week I was there.service was good considering the number of customers, however I have been served better seafood elsewhere.Having said that, I found the staff extremely helpful and friendly, ditto the locals except when...more
If there is one regret we had about this holiday, it is the fact that we didn't eat here!! We had been for a ride on the motorbike and dcided to have a drink at the pub. No sooner had we sat outside with our drinks than it started to rain, so we moved indoors. It was fairly busy for a lunchtime but maybe not as throbbing as the owners would have...more
The restaurant/pub at this inn is the hub of life in Applecross. Eating there was a real happy surprise--the seafood-based menu is innovative and the food delicious. The service was a little spotty, but I'll overlook that for a meal this tasty in a place this out-of-the-way. If the weather is nice, you can eat outside at picnic tables overlooking...more
Our arrival in Applecross was via the coastal route, a single track road that twists and winds it's way above the coast, from just south of Shieldaig, along the southern shore of Loch Torridon and then round the headland into the Inner Sound.On a clear day, there are superb views down to Shieldaig and particularly from the viewpoint on the western...more
It's such a shame that we couldn't see anything of the fantastic views because of low cloud. They are supposed to be breath-taking. Going down the other side, the steeper side, Nick had to have two bites at one of the hairpins to get round the corner, mmmm, wouldn't have liked that on the way up!!!I would say there is absolutely no problems taking...more
I really didn't want to take this route, being in a 24 feet long motorhome. It is the highest pass in Great Britain, reaching 2053 feet above sea level at it's peak and consists of a single track road with some wicked hairpin bends.The morning of our leaving Applecross was very breezy so Nick decided it would be less windy on the inland route, the...more
Another entrepreneur (or perhaps even the same person?) in Alligin had a dig and weigh your own vegetable plot. Pototoes seemed to be the only thing ready, having missed such delicasies as broad beans and peas, nor were the runner beans ready. There did seem to be a fair few things available to dig when in season. There were even exotic...more
When you get to the phone box in Alligin, take a look at the unique bus shelter you'll find there!!! Somone with a great sense of humour has gone to a lot of trouble to make sure waiting for the bus is a pleasant experience. (I can't even imagin a a bus passing this way but I guess it does!!!) Inside a purpose grown little thicket of bamboo? is a...more
I'm sure anyone who is interested in this area will know that during the months of July and August they will be well and truly midged. No matter what precautions you take, be it midge repellents, Avon Skin So Soft, eating marmite, garlic etc. you'll still be got. Watch out for under your watch strap, a place easily forgotten!!!Even with the...more
midges are tiny but voracious feeders, and what they live on is blood!Any kind of blood but only when they can tap into it by themselves.Any old blood lying about on a plate will not interest them, it must be freshly tapped.The life cycle of this creature is reportedly around 24 hours but the misery they cause in that time is way out of proportion...more
In the west of Scotland one must always be be prepared for the unexpected.
Weather can and does change quickly and drastically from benign to malevolent- especially on mountains
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The local men; fishermen;farmers;road workers, all swear by Avons` so soft as a midge repellant
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: keep tent flaps tightly shut dawn and dusk.
This is the time the midges are most voracious
Miscellaneous: The midge bites shown here are over a week old and still itching.
These are the most prominent but for every prominent one there are a hundred minor ones which itch just as badly
This is one of the steepest roads in the UK so not for the faint hearted (at places its a 20% gradient).
The wind is also a major factor and we got it wrong cycling the the peninsula clockwise thus heading up the pass into a major headwind.
Although we only had a couple of really sunny days, we were fortunate to be in superbly scenic locations when the sun did shine. The difference in the pohtos on a good day is very noticeable. Bright blue skies give blue water, reflections and shadows and an interesting light altogether.
Fondest memory: Greatest memories are the morning we arose at 6.30am whilst camped on Loch Torridon. The sky was blue, not a breath of wind and midges galore.We launched the boat and the views of the mountains with the early morning light on them will remin with me always. And we caught a few fish!!!
The other great memory was the same morning, driving from Loch Duich over the Rattagan Pass to Glenelg. Again, this has to be done on a bright, clear day. Such superb scenery.