Loch a'Mhuilinn, next to Lochend cottage

Participate in some of the many shoreline and countryside activities surrounding Applecross

Walking

There are many designated walks throughout the Applecross Estate which are all sign posted. There is a leaflet in Lochend detailing all these walks but there are 4 other longer walks which we highly recommend:

  1. Ard Dhubh to Ardbain & the coral beach then onto Coille Ghillie
  2. Toscaig to Uags & Toscaig to Airigh-Drishaig
  3. Applecross Heritage Centre to Sand taking in the Mesolithic Rock Shelter
  4. Applecross Heritage centre across the hills to Kenmore or to Inverbain

Please remember that you can walk the hills but in the stalking season be aware that shooting of stags takes place.

Fishing/Whale watching trips/luxury boat trips

There is fishing available on the hill lochs on the estate for brown trout and also on the loch in front of Lochend; you will need a permit which can be obtained from the Applecross Post Office & Stores. There is salmon & sea trout fishing on the River Carron, the salmon fishing needs “catch & release” basis.

Salmon Fishing

Contact Roddy MacLennan, Ceol Mara, Croft Rd Lochcarron IV54 8YA 01520 722512

The cost of a day ticket for 2013 will be £25 all salmon must be released after they are caught but if it is your first salmon you are allowed to keep it, there are sea trout to be caught which can be kept! Roddy is a fountain of knowledge about fishing River Carron and the best hill lochs to fish for brown trout. This year 2012 by September there have been over 100 salmon caught and 8 people caught their first salmon, considering the dry weather and lack of rain is excellent last year I believe that well over 200 salmon were caught & released

Sea fishing trips are available on MV Kerry based in Gairloch; the same company also organises whale watching trips on Orca1 to see Basking Sharks/Minke Whales/Dolphins- for further information www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk

From Armadale Pier in the South of Skye Seafari run excellent whale watching trips- visit www.seafari.co.uk

Cycling

The whole of the Applecross peninsular is ideal for cycling with lots of level road but also plenty of mixed gradients with numerous challenges. Perhaps the most demanding is to cycle over the Bealach na Ba` which is the hill that you cross to get to Applecross.

Applecross Heritage Centre & the Clachan Church

This is an experience not to be missed if you are interested in knowing about local history & the culture of this part of North West Scotland. The time covered starts from Mesolithic period to the 7th centenary when St Maelrubha the Irish monk arrived from Ireland, then onwards to present times. St Maelrubha is thought by many historians to be second only to St Columba of Iona in importance. Visit www.applecrossheritage.org.uk

Sea sports

Mountain & Sea guides are based in Applecross where they cater for all levels of both sea kayaking & mountaineering from novice to experienced - for further information visit www.applecross.uk.com/msg

Applecross Visitor Centre

For detailed information to find out about things to do & see, visit the Visitor Centre which is opposite the community owned fuel station. The visitor centre has a computer system available “free of charge” which is set up for you to discover what there is to see and do in the area. They have another computer system which is also “free of charge” where you can down load your emails and or surf the net. Visit www.visit-applecross.org

Places To Go

Shieldaig

A small coastal settlement around the head of Loch Shieldaig. On Shieldaig Island the Sea Eagles nest every year and the RSPB has set up a camera so that you can see the nest & chicks when they have hatched. There are plenty of places to eat but Nanny’s Store is really special where you can have an excellent time & perhaps meet the lady mayor of Shieldaig. Torridon Sea Tours are based here. A very special treat is their sea food cruise we have had this experience with our family and everyone young & old thought it was the highlight of their visit. Visit www.torridonseatours.com

Plocton

This village’s claim to fame was that the TV series Hamish Macbeth was filmed in & around Plocton. The climate is very temperate and it is perhaps the only place in the Northwest where palm trees grow, due to the Gulf Stream. There are lots of art galleries & super places to eat especially:

  1. www.plocktonhotel.co.uk
  2. plocktoninn.co.uk
  3. www.plocktonshoresrestaurant.com

We regularly eat at all these places and we can guarantee you will enjoy your visit.

Whilst in Plockton take a seal watching trip with Calum, a favourite with the younger family members. If you do not see a seal there is no charge!

Visit www.calums-sealtrips.com

Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle was infamous years ago before the bridge to Skye was built for the long traffic delays while waiting for the ferry to Skye. Usually in the summer it took several hours. Today Kyle is the local centre for shopping with banks/supermarket/post office/ butcher/etc

There is a boat trip which is great for all ages as it has glass sides which give a different perspective of life under the water. Visit www.seaprobeatlantis.com

There is a rail station which goes to Inverness and onward to the rest of the UK.

Eilean Donan Castle by Dornie

This world famous castle, which is built on a small island connected to the main land by a bridge, is an iconic castle which must be visited. We have visited the castle many times and there is always something new to see-great for all ages.

Visit www.eileandonancastle.com

The village of Dornie is well worth a visit with good places to eat and a great art gallery & coffee shop - not to be missed!!

Glenelg

visit to this very special glen is always one of our favourite day trips, there is so much to see.To get there you have to cross Mam Ratagan which is similar to the Bealach na Bà Places to visit;

  1. The ancient Brochs must be seen to admire the construction skills of the ancient inhabitants of this area. Visit www.lochalsh.co.uk/glenelg_broch.shtml
  2. There is excellent walking in the glen. Visit www.walkinghighlands.co.uk/kintail/glenelg.shtml
  3. The last ferry to Skye runs from the glen Elg from Easter to October on a spectacular boat, and then drive to Broadford or down to the South of Skye where a ferry runs from Armadale to Mallaig. From Mallaig, you can, in the summer, take a steam train to Fort William.

Places to visit further away

  1. Inverewe Gardens near Poolewe. If you love magnificent gardens this is the best in the Northwest with over 100 acres created by Sir Osgood MacKenzie in the last century; a long car journey but pleasure all the way! Visit www.nts.org.uk/property/Inverewe-Garden-Estate/
  2. For some serious retail therapy, a visit to Armadale Pier and Ragamuffin is not to be missed. Visit www.welcometoscotland.com/regions/skye-lochalsh
  3. The visit to Skye gives you a chance to visit Kinloch Lodge, the hotel and restaurant run by Lady Claire MacDonald, where the food is superb and is a great place to have that special lunch, or an amazing place to stay and have dinner or just have dinner! Visit www.kinloch-lodge.co.uk/ClaireMacDonald.aspx
  4. The Three Chimneys, Colbost, nr Dunvegan. If your pockets are deep or a special celebration is called for, this hotel & restaurant is worth the drive and the investment! It has been voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, hence the cost!
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Sam & Sally Lord - Edinburgh, October 2011

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