Sunday, 12 May 2013

Applecross - Spring in the Highlands

Here's our pics from a week's May break in the Highlands at Applecross.  I get a lot of people reading my blog from the USA but also Poland, China and Russia - so here's a bit about this lovely part of Scotland.

The Applecross Peninsula is a five hour drive north from Glasgow, through Glen Coe up to Fort William and then off into single track driving for a couple of hours along Lochcarron and finally you get to the spectacular Bealach na Ba...

Up and over the most SCARY single lane, switch-back roads.

Up into the mists (apparently it was snowing the day before we arrived so avoided a total white out).

But the rolling mists at the top were bad enough anyway!  We were staying on the Estate in a lovely little cottage.

Whether the weather is good or bad, I never get tired of seeing the clouds and mist on the hills... majestic and breathtaking.  My spirits just soar away!

So we had lots of walking on beaches...

Applecross is situated in Wester Ross across from Skye - the views of the Cuillins of Skye are spectacular - at any time of day.

Just went with the constantly changing weather

Those sunsets...

The morning mists (sigh)

And of course, it wouldn't be right with out the Highland Cows!

  Seeing an Oyster Catcher having a scratch.

Or a couple of geese hanging around those single track roads.

Lambs were bouncing around everywhere

And there were always a few deer hanging around.

Peering at us as we walk by.

The view from the pub was great!!!

Fifi had a wonderful time too.  At one point a farmer stopped his car for a good ole chat when we were out for a walk, he thought I'd pinched one of his little lambs.  An easy mistake...

And we had RAINBOWS - soooo beautiful.

The light from the storms lit the heather and hills - totally breathtaking.

Here's Applecross Church, part of the 'coffin route' as marked on the map.  People would walk across the hills from many miles away to use the church.

This is the track behind our cottage leading to the Church, beautiful isn't it?  Too early for midges :-)

And a few pics of the stunning Applecross Bay on a costal walk to Sand (yes a bay called Sand).

You can just see the row of houses and the pub on the front of the bay from here.

Driving around the peninsula I drove past this in the middle of nowhere, screeched to a halt, reversed.. did I see that right?  Eggs, socks, hats and jam for sale??  FANTASTIC!!

The mornings were always so peaceful...

We had a wonderful time here - I hope you liked seeing some of the photos :-)