Through the pass to Applecross.

Today was a day of hidden gems, firstly the village of Lochcarron, right on the Loch side, with little coffee shops, cafes, an ice cream parlour, I’m sure that come the summer, the place will be packed but right now, it’s great.

There has been much wrote about ‘Bealach na Ba’ or ‘The pass of the cattle’ which leads you to Applecross, the neigh sayers, telling you not to attempt it, that you have to be a confident driver, in reality, yes there are some steep drops and a few hairpins, but ‘The Italian Job’ this isn’t. Earl did it with ease, and we were greeted with a fantastic view from the top, looking back across to Skye and the Cullins.

We’d booked ahead, for a pitch at the ‘Visit Applecross’ campsite, and were lucky to take the last electric hook up and hard standing. Only the day before the farmer had to tow out a motorhome which had got stuck on a grass pitch.

Applecross village has a new bar/cafe called the Junction, and has the best chocolate orange cake I’ve ever tasted. The other gem is the walled garden, which the community has started to reclaim from the undergrowth and now has a bistro with locally grown produce. We’re definitely coming back here to sample the menu.



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