Scotland, Applecross Round
45 miles/72 km • 1-day tour • strenuous
This stunning circuit is bordered on three sides by sea, and is one of Scotland’s remotest areas. Follow the link below for directions and points of interest.
Shieldaig – Fearnmore – Applecross – Shieldaig
Start Shieldaig. The nearest train station is Strathcarron, 19 miles away. Buses run between Strathcarron and Shieldaig, but they are infrequent so check before you travel.
Essentials The A896 SE from Shieldaig is narrow, with a gradual climb. From the junction N of Ardarroch towards Applecross is a 4-mile climb up to the Pass of Cattle with very steep gradients and several hairpin bends. Many climbs and descents between Fearnbeg and Shieldaig. Do not attempt in bad weather.
Points of interest
SHIELDAIG Picturesque community founded in 1800 with grants from the Admiralty.
EALACH NAM BO The highest pass in Scotland, rising to 2053 feet.
TORRIDON With its backdrop, Liathach, a stunning wall of rock.
Torridon Youth Hostel. 01455 791284.
The Old Manse B&B, Locharron. 01520 722208.