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Visit the land that time forgot – the magnificent Applecross Peninsula – on Scotland’s wonderfully windswept west coast. Remote and isolated, yet only a couple hours’ drive from Inverness, the area boasts dramatic Highland scenery and an abundance of wildlife. Travel over the steep Bealach nam Ba pass, spend time at leisure in Applecross village and head through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve on this must-do day trip from Inverness!


  • Full-day trip from Inverness to the remote Applecross Peninsula
  • Travel to Scotland’s west coast, passing along the Black Isle peninsula and over Bealach nam Ba pass
  • Explore the charming Highland village of Lochcarron on the way
  • Spend time at leisure in Applecross village and watch out for red deer and otters
  • Pass through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, home to golden eagles

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What You Can Expect

Applecross Peninsula Day Trip from Inverness

Otters at Applecross

Set off from Inverness by luxury minibus and drive to the dramatic Applecross Peninsula, passing a scenic stretch of land known as the Black Isle. The journey takes a couple of hours, so you’ll stop on the way in the charismatic village of Lochcarron – one of the gems of the northwest highlands –to take a stroll around and explore.

Continue on to Arndarroch village for breathtaking views of Loch Kishorn, and then climb the steep Bealach nam Ba (Pass of the Cattle) – Britain’s third highest road – in your minibus. Reaching 2,000 feet (610 meters) high, the summit of the pass boasts incredible views over to the Isle of Skye.

At the heart of Applecross Peninsula is the beautiful village of Applecross, located on a sweeping bay. Here you’ll have time to spend at leisure; perhaps get some lunch, enjoy the spectacular seascape or learn about Highland history at the Applecross Heritage Centre (lunch and entrance fees at own expense). Wildlife is plentiful in the Applecross area, so watch out for red deer, otters and pine martens – one of the rarest British mammals.

After discovering Applecross’s charms, meet your expert guide back on board your minibus for a drive along the banks of Loch Torridon to the town of Shieldaig, where you can walk around. Travel on through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve – Britain’s oldest – where you can expect to see golden eagles soaring above the ancient pine woods.

Return to Inverness, passing the picturesque Highland villages of Kinlochewe and Achnasheen. You’ll arrive back in Inverness in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Mrs M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an amazing, The rugged scenery was truly amazing and our guide, Duncan was excellent. This tour should be on every ones bucket list of places to go.

Audrey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I cannot rave enough about our Tour guide! I believe his name was Michael and he was so informative and friendly the entire day. This tour was by far the highlight of my vacation with stunning scenery and so many opportunities to stop and take photos and ask questions. If I ever go back to the area I would definitely take this tour again!

Shona C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Another fantastic tour, which I would definitely recommend. Malcolm was an excellent tour guide, with a wonderful mix of humour, history, and information about the region, in a relaxed and approachable manner. He made lots of stops, which was great, as the scenery was amazing and everyone wanted to take lots of photos. The tour group was a nice size - about 12 people - with a good mix of people. I really enjoyed this day.

Jean A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The Applecross tour is not to be missed! The scenery is amazing and someone else does the driving!

Roxanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

If you have only one day to see landscapes of western Scotland you should consider taking this tour over the Skye trip. Skye needs more time, but you can cover a lot of Applecross in a day and the scenary is fantastic! There are no castles on this trip but the wet desert landscape more than makes up for it. Here one really has a chance to experience the desolation of the Scottish Highlands. The mountains are rugged and the terrain is generally steep - here the vistas overwhelm even the most wide angle of lenses.
Our guide, Skye, really knew her geology and plants, which was a bit of a treat as most trips are culturally based.

Lucy R

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Our driver and guide was very good. Gave us a good history lesson. We made numerous stops along the way to do photo shoots or take care of needs. The scenery was beautiful along the way and I was glad the driver was doing the driving over the cattle pass.
Lunch was a delight at the Walled Garden. Fish and Chips excellent.
The only negative it was a long day. 930 am to 630pm.

Joyce M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Scenery was breathtaking. Morning stop for tea/scones not good. They were not prepared for a bus of about 20 people. Tour guide bonded too much with one passenger and forgot to detail what we were seeing.

Linda F

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Excellent trip! We had some fog that day but we still saw some great scenery!


3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Guide was very experienced with the rd to Applecross. Two things can be improved though- less time could be spent lounging at cafes and more time taking pictures or stopping at good spots for photography. Guide also needs to control the things he say as he tends to be abit careless with his words.

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