The Applecross Peninsula was high on the wishlist during our roadtrip through the Scottish Highlands and Islands. After an unforgettable first acquaintance with the rugged but oh so enchanting Isle of Skye, we continued our trip further up north, via Applecross. What we encountered exceeded all of our expectations. If you like nature, tranquility and space, you’re at the right place here because this part of Scotland is very remote and has countless beautiful natural areas. A combination of high mountains, pristine beaches and hilly countryside make up the peninsula and when you travel across the whole peninsula, you drive along the most beautiful places.
Bealach na ba mountain pass
There are only two ways to reach Applecross, one is the impressive Bealach na Ba mountain pass. A narrow one-way mountain road with hairpins and passing places leads to the top, at 626 meters above sea level. At the top of this mountain, it feels as if I’m back in Northern Norway. The rugged bare landscape and never-ending mountain and sea views remind me of the extreme north of Europe and give me this “end of the world” feeling again. And this feeling doesn’t leave me on the remote Applecross peninsula.
Art Ban and coral beach
Then we walk to Art Ban, a collection of three old cottages. They are surrounded by small rock cliffs and a beautiful coral beach. The white coral sand is not really coral; it’s actually calcified seaweed but it’s nevertheless beautiful to see. Furthermore, this place has a fantastic view of Isle of Raasay and Isle of Skye.
Roadtrip around the peninsula