Applecross, Scotland- A Photo Diary
I think of our visit to Applecross, Scotland as a bit of a happy mistake. Let me explain. When I went to book a hotel for our time on The Isle of Skye, everything was booked. It was the end of June, so I should have known, but, I didn’t…I started to worry that maybe we just couldn’t go. But that just wasn’t an option. We HAD to go. Our hearts were set on it. Finally I found a place in Applecross, which was about 50 miles away. A bit of a drive, but that’s not too far, I thought. Oh, it’s so funny to me now. 50 miles equals about 50 minutes, right? Well, yeah, on a freeway, darling. NOT in the Scottish highlands. This is the road we took to get into Applecross.
It took about 2 1/2 hours to get to Skye from here the next day, on a one lane road almost the whole way. It was terrifying, honestly. We were pretty frazzled once we got to our hotel.
We stayed at a family hostel which was actually quite nice and the receptionist recommended we go to The Walled Garden restaurant for dinner. We walked there on a dirt path along a river, and entered into what truly felt like a fairy garden in a storybook. Pretty much a photographer mama’s dream. It was unreal. The food was great too. Definitely get the Sticky Toffee pudding if you ever find yourself in this remote sanctuary!
Applecross has one little store. A great place to buy anti-midge spray! That is the one thing we struggled with in Scotland. The midges are awful! The owners are absolutely lovely. They even made me some coffee from their home kitchen when I (in a slight panic) asked where I could find some coffee in town.
We had breakfast the next day at The Junction. It was fabulous. Delicious coffee and my husband and kiddos loved their French toast. Highly recommend.
In the end we decided it was just too far from Skye to stay for the 3 nights we’d planned. We found a place on Skye in Broadford. It was the last room. It was nice (albeit overpriced). We ended up eating the money we’d already spent, but I don’t regret one thing about our visit to this remote, and magical village. My kids still talk about that fairy garden and the treehouse they found. It’s a destination all on its own and I recommend going there. It’s just that we had only so much time and Skye was our priority.
Travel is always an adventure, sometimes it is extremely stressful, sometimes pure transcendent joy, sometimes mama travel planners don’t do enough research on driving distances in the Highlands, and sometimes it’s full of happy mistakes like this one.