There are a number of ways to get to our beautiful peninsula.
Most commonly, given the remoteness, people will drive here but there are other more eco-friendly options which are worth considering including a local bus service, a semi-local train service or for the more energetic cycling! We also have those who prefer to come by boat or helicopter. Please be aware there is no taxi service in Applecross.
If you are using a SatNav to get to us, our address is Shore Street, Applecross, IV54 8LR. Our Google maps reference is: http://bit.ly/2xYfMDD
However as electronics don’t always behave as expected then you may find this information helpful! We have also tried to provide other options for getting here to try and maximise your exposure to our amazing local scenery and to help meet the travellers adage of never going back the same way as you came!
The information below provides directions and options for getting here from Inverness, Fort William, Portree (Isle of Skye) and Ullapool. If you are travelling by public transport please refer to the section below.
If considering coming by public transport to Applecross then please read this general information.
There are 2 local bus services which cater for the Applecross area. One of these bus services comes into Applecross and the other services the wider local area.
The bus which comes to Applecross is operated by Lochcarron Garage. It operates 3 times a week service from Inverness bus station to Applecross travelling on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (this is subject to change so please contact the garage to check). This bus does stop on route but is predominantly for passengers from Applecross or Lochcarron travelling to Inverness and back but may be able to take passengers who are at other points along the way (e.g. Strathcarron train station or Garve). This is dependent on availability. Please note passengers must book a seat by 6pm the night before travelling, as Applecross is a request stop. The phone number to enquire is 01520 722 205 or refer to www.hanszell.co.uk/timetables.shtml. This bus service can get busy so it is advisable to book early.
Local area bus
The bus which services the local area is operated by DMK Garage. It runs from the train station at Strathcarron (on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) to Lochcarron, Kishorn, Sheildaig Torridon. Passengers need to find their own transport from these destinations to Applecross. The number for the bus service is 01520 722 682 or refer to www.hanszell.co.uk/timetables.shtml.
Please be advised there is no train station in Applecross. The closest station is Strathcarron (on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) which is 22 miles from Applecross. The train services are operated by Scotrail and for current information please refer to their website, www.scotrail.co.uk. As public transport to Applecross is limited, to get here from the station we find that cycling is popular! Otherwise the local Applecross bus may be able to assist. Please refer to the local bus information above for details.
If you are planning to arrive by another method please give us a call.
Bealach Na Ba
One of the most spectacular parts of the journey to Applecross is the unique Bealach Na Ba (or Pass of the Cattle in English). The road is a narrow single track road, so just one lane all the way, and rises from sea level to 626m in 9.1km. There are a number of passing places to allow vehicles to pass and to allow overtaking. These are of varying size and some can only accommodate a normal car length. There is an 18T weight limit on the road due to a collapse a number of years ago. There are a number of hairpen bends and blind corners on the road and it reaches a gradient of 20% in parts.
The signs on the Bealach recommend the road is not suitable for caravans or learner drivers. The advisory note may also extend to other types of vehicles e.g double axle vehicles and motorhomes.
There are also Police notices which inform drivers that they MUST not impede following traffic, so to use passing places to allow overtaking.
Given the Bealach's quite unique properties, it is not the road for everyone or every type of vehicle. In our experience, it is important drivers are confident to drive on a such a road. Some considerations for those choosing to traverse the Bealach may include: confidence in reversing possibly for some distance, using passing places for both allowing vehicles to pass safely and to allow overtaking, ability to look ahead whilst driving to see what is coming and make decisions accordingly, driving to the weather conditions (which may include snow, ice, mist, fog and use of lights accordingly) and ensuring they can handle their vehicle in such conditions.
It is important to remember that this is a public road which is used by local commuters, businesses, visitors using varying forms of transport. The rules are the same regardless of the vehicle you are using e.g. pushbike, motorcycle, van, car, etc. Please note passing places are for passing NOT parking in. This is both inconsiderate and potentially dangerous. There is a lovely big car park at the top of the hill to stop and enjoy the views. You can walk down from there to get some amazing photos! Given the large volume of traffic now utilising this road it is possible to meet a lot of vehicles on your journey so it important to leave sufficient room between the cars to allow passing to occur safely at the passing places e.g. please do NOT convoy. Also, please don’t use the side of the road as a passing place. This causes the road to erode and removes the white boundary lines which are vital in the dark and fog. The use of the edge of the road to permit passing has resulted in 100 + burst tyres last year alone! Overall please obey the road rules, be sensible, be courteous, look ahead, use caution and remember there may be somebody trying to get to work behind you (including the doctor or nurses) so please give way to them (you will both enjoy the journey a lot more!).
If you do not consider the Bealach to be the route for you or your vehicle is not suitable, an alternative driving route to Applecross is offered via the coast road. This route hugs the Northern end of the peninsula and is a lovely drive also.
If you are unsure about the road condition or would like some help deciding please check our Facebook page or give us a ring.
Useful travel websites which may help you plan your journey are: