Things to Do in Applecross

The visitor to the Peninsula will find many things to do.  These may range from simply enjoying the tranquillity of this beautiful and remote area, strolling along the rugged coastline, exploring the ridges of the hills and mountains, watching seals bathing in the waters warmed by the Gulf stream, kayaking or sailing in the Inner Sound or taking part in various local events.

places to visit on the peninsula

The bay at Sand has a beautiful sandy beach with views over the Inner Sound to Raasay, Rona and Skye.  Although popular, it is never crowded.

Applecross Bay is one of the largest sandy inlets in the Western Highlands with views to Raasay and the Cuillins of Skye.

The Walled Garden of Applecross House has been restored and is open to all.

Applecross Heritage Centre where the history of the area from the Mesolithic period to the present day is displayed.  The Centre is open from Good Friday to end October, Monday to Saturday from 12 - 4 pm.  Spinning demonstrations are available on most Monday afternoons.

Applecross Broch, which featured in the BBC 'Time Team' programme, is located at the campsite.

Clachan Church, which has been renovated under the Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Croft Woools shop at Cuaig where a wide range of hand woven, knitted, or felted textiles are available. Also local knitting wool and plant dyes.

Applecross Market is held regularly in the Walled Garden of Applecross House.

The Coal Shed Studio on Shore Street with a wide range of contemporary and unique gifts.

Angora Ecosse at Doire-Aonar near Shieldaig where finest hand knitted Christening and fashion shawls, stoles and luxury knitwear made from angora and Hebridean wool are available.

learn traditional skills

Croft Wools at Cuaig offers courses in the traditional crafts of spinning, weaving or dyeing.  All equipment is provided, and beginners and improvers are welcome.

walking

The peninsula is an ideal area for walking.  Old footpaths, which were, until fairly recently, the only means of access to the coastal townships other than by sea, still exist.  There are coastal and hill walks for all levels of fitness and experience.  During the stalking season, access may be limited, but the Applecross Estate Trust is a member of the South West Ross Deer Management Group, and welcomes considerate walkers and climbers.  During the stalking season, the estate will advise on areas which are safe and which will not disturb the stalk.

For the more adventurous

Applecross Mountain & Sea Guides offer expert instruction in sea kayaking in the Gulf Stream warmed waters of Applecross Bay.  Courses are available by the week, day, half day or hour. Guided mountaineering courses are also available.

places to visit from the peninsula

Most visitors are totally captivated by the scenic beauty of the Peninsula and have no wish to leave. However, others prefer an occasional change of scenery and this section of the site gives details of other places to visit with distances from Shore Street, Applecross.