It was with reluctance that we tore ourselves away from Shieldaig but today was going to be quite an adventure. We were driving around the rugged coastline of the Applecross peninsular, down to Applecross itself and then crossing one of the highest mountains in Scotland – Bealach na Ba.
The journey is best described in pictures so here is the first part.
Applecross is a village laid out in a similar way to Shieldaig with neat white houses and a nice looking pub.
We parked Bessie and went in search of something to eat. We ended up with two cones of the most delicious home-made ice cream. I had treacle flavour and Peter had (predictably!) chocolate. It was a husband and wife team who made it under the name Applecross Ices and is to be recommended if you ever find yourself in these parts.
Leaving Applecross behind, we started the big climb to the summit of Bealach na Ba – 2,035 feet above sea level.
The descent was as tortuous as the climb!
We took a small detour at Ardarroch, a pretty area with a natural harbour.
Our route took us round Loch Carron…
… following the railway track in the opposite direction to last year…
… and passing Eilean Donan on its island in Loch Duich opposite the picturesque village of Dornie.
We passed through Glen Shiel and Glen Garry…
… past Ben Nevis…
… and through the outskirts of Fort William before finally arriving at Seaview campsite at Benderloch, near Oban, where we had stayed for a night after leaving Mull. What a long time ago that seems!
Wow, pictures are fantastic, looks to be a visually stunning area! Helps when it is sunny too!
Super selection of photographs depicting a lovely day of touring beautifully.
I’m glad Bessie made it around those hairpin bends! The photos and landscape are fabulous.
I’m craving an ice cream now.
What an odd football pitch!
Applecross Ices (@applecrossices) said:
We just found your lovely review of our ice cream! Thank you very much. Great photos of the area: they will give visitors a good idea of what to expect — especially when embarking on the wonderful road… Hope you made it safely back to Kent. Come to Applecross again soon!
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What a co-incidence! I was actually re-reading our blog when your message came through. Only sorry we didn’t take a photo of your lovely silver van while we were in Applecross. Good luck with your venture and we hope to be able to taste your yummy ice cream again one day!