Fine weather prevailed at Applecross for this summer re-visit. The views across to the Isle of Raasay were clear and evocative. The setting here is ancient, volcanic granite towering above the expansive strand. There’s a headland with a small building at the end, weathered into the land and at ease in this wonderful setting. Down the road is a popular inn and there’s a spectacular coastal drive around the peninsula, with an option to climb and cross Bealach na Ba, the Pass of the Cattle, for the more adventurous visitor.
Michael’s eulogy to the beach.
Beside the beach at Applecross.
At the top of Bealach na Ba – the Pass of the Cattle, en route to Applecross.
Applecross faces west, looking out across Applecross Bay and the Inner Sound to Raasay, with Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula behind Raasay. As well as a Heritage Centre and campsite, the popular Applecross Inn sits by the water and the immediate environment is pristine, unspoilt and beautiful. The sandy beach is a couple of miles outside the village, backed by high dunes and ideal for swimming. An incidental highlight is the breathtakingly steep access to the village via the 1 in 3 gradient Bealach na Ba, or Pass of the Cattle, which rises over 2,000 feet from sea level to its highest point.
What the beach means to Darren.
A summer scene, at Sand Beach in Applecross.