Friday, 24 August 2012

APPLECROSS

Applecross, which lies on a peninsula bearing the same name, has as its origin a monastery which was established by the Irish monk Maelrubha in 673. The area around the monastery was made into a sanctuary, hence the gaelic name of the village, a'Chomraich. The village was a good choice for a sanctuary, with its location on a sheltered bay, surrounded by wooded hills. You know you are in for something special in Applecross on the approach to the village, which is reached via Bealach nam Bo, the highest mountain pass in Britain. The journey over the pass is rewarded with spectacular views of Raasay and Skye as well as the mountains of the mainland.

Applecross punches above its weight for a village of its size. The weather can be savage in this part of Scotland but shelter from the worst that the elements can throw at the visitor can be found in an unusual "Cafe/restaurant and broch bar" called the Flower Tunnel, a kind of giant polytunnel filled with flowers and tropical plants offering a range of drinks and meals. The village is also home to the acclaimed Applecross Inn, renowned for its food, and also offering accommodation. There is a campsite for hardier types, while those wanting to brave the great outdoors will find sea kayaking, mountain walking and other outdoor activities.

Map of the area.



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