Today I am going to be walking mostly along the coastal road northwards out of Applecross. This road has been there since the 1970’s, before that the only way in was by the high road over Bealach na Ba or by boat.
Walk Date : 6th Oct 2015
Mileage : 16.90 miles Total Mileage : 2,464.49 miles
Accommodation : SYHA, Hartfield House, Applecross
I should also mention the Potting Shed café and Restaurant in the Walled Garden of Applecross House which serves food in the evening. They source food locally whenever they can and comes highly recommended.
I walk around the beautiful Applecross Bay, past the Heritage centre which is in a renovated derelict building and displays records and artefacts giving the history from the early settlers in the area.
I pass Meallabhan with great views across the Inner Sound to the Isles of Raasay, Skye and Rona. I notice what look like three naval ships sailing in a line up the Sound. Not sure if it’s anything to do with a big NATO exercise that’s going on between Gairlock and Cape Wrath at the weekend.
Other villages I pass through are Salacher where in 2008 was the location for the first episode of Monty Hall’s Great Escape where he tried to live as a crofter for six months. Then there was Lonbain, a ruined derelict village due to the highland clearances in the 1780’s
Almost at the top of the peninsular is Cuag with it’s hidden beach, it’s gaelic name is “Ghomraich” which means “sanctuary”. I also noticed a cottage industry at the side of the road “Croft Wools and Weavers”. I continue along the south side of Loch Torridon and finish my walk at Kenmore.