Applecross Bay

Welcome to Applecross

Applecross is considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of Wester Ross.  Situated with a backdrop of hills and a panorama of sea and distant mountains, it is the perfect place to relax and escape from the pressures of everyday life.  Here you will experience the peace and tranquillity of a small and remote Highland community in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.  You will find glorious scenery, abundant wildlife, award winning restaurants, walking for all abilities and for the more adventurous - sea kayaking and climbing.

The street

The Applecross Peninsula is on the mainland of Wester Ross overlooking the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. The name Applecross has nothing to do with apples or crosses but is a corruption of Apor Crossan, the mouth of the river Crossan. Although many people refer to Shore Street, the row of cottages near the bay, as Applecross, the name applies to the whole of the peninsula.

The Applecross area has a long history dating back to the Mesolithic period. An excavation in the year 2000 of a shell midden under a rock shelter at Sand indicated that the area was populated 8000 years ago. More recent excavations at the Campsite, carried out by the Time Team, uncovered remains of a broch.

Scattered townships

Modern Applecross is home to less than 300 people located in the scattered crofting and fishing townships along the coast. The area offers panoramic views of mountain and sea, and opportunities for observing local wildlife such as deer, pine marten, seals, otters and a wide variety of birds.

Applecross has become a tourist location which attracts many visitors from throughout the world.