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Get acquainted with a less-visited part of Scotland, the windswept Applecross Peninsula, during this 9-hour day trip from Inverness. Get glimpses of the abundant wildlife and revel in the dramatic views of stark Highlands scenery. Visit the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, travel over the steep Bealach nam Ba pass and enjoy some free time in the charming Applecross Village. Round-trip transportation from Inverness in a luxury minibus is included.

Highlights

  • 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

Meet your guide and group at a pre-arranged departure point in downtown Inverness. Climb into a luxury minibus and settle in for the journey to the Applecross Peninsula, passing through a picturesque area known as the Black Isle on the way. During the trip, which takes just a few hours, stop at the charming village of Lochcarron to stretch your legs and explore a bit.

Upon arrival in the village of Arndarroch, admire views of Loch Kishorn, then chug up the steep Bealach nam Ba (Pass of the Cattle). From the summit of the pass at 2,000 feet (610 meters) high, get photo-worthy views of the nearby Isle of Skye.

Spend some free time in the quaint village of Applecross, enjoying the scenic seascape and keeping an eye out for local wildlife such as pine martens, otters and red deer. Pop into a pub for lunch if you're hungry or immerse yourself in HIghlands history at the Applecross Heritage Centre (both at own expense). 

Meet your guide back at the minibus for a scenic drive along the shoreline of Loch Torridon, stopping to explore the town of Shieldaig. Continue through Britain's oldest nature reserve, the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, where you may see golden eagles soaring overhead. 

On the journey back to Inverness pass through the typical villages of Achnasheen and Kinlochewe. Arrive back in central Inverness in the early evening for drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Ina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

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!

CHAI TIN T

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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