Scenic Applecross Tour
One day tour
Visit pretty Lochcarron then journey over the epic Bealach na Ba mountain pass. Applecross village is a World away in its pace of life, perfect for those seeking beaches, walks and wildlife. Return to Inverness along the banks of Loch Torridon and through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.
Lochcarron - explore this pretty meandering loch-side village
Bealach na Ba - experience amazing views of the Applecross Hills as you traverse the third highest road in Scotland!
Applecross - get away from the pressures of modern life in this idyllic village
Wildlife – look out for golden eagles, red deer, otters and pine martens
Torridon - enjoy the unparalleled mountain views
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve - discover some of the ancient Scots pines that once covered the whole of the Highlands
Movie locations - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Main Solah Baras Ki
Full Tour Itinerary
We join the famous North Coast 500 route, Scotland's very own Route 66, and drive across the Black Isle to Garve and the village of Achnasheen beyond. Our first stop will be in the pleasant village of Lochcarron, which sits on Loch Carron. We’ll take a detour to Ardarroch where there are good views over Loch Kishorn to the mountains on the opposite shore.
Next we make the dramatic climb over the Bealach na Ba, which means the Pass of the Cattle, in Gaelic. The Pass is the third highest road in Britain and climbs to over 2,000 feet (600 m)! We’ll stop at the summit for breathtaking views across to Raasay and the Isle of Skye (weather permitting!) before commencing our descent to Applecross Village.
On our arrival in Applecross we can enjoy some locally sourced food at the famous Applecross Inn. Later enjoy the spectacular seascapes or discovering the sad tale of the highland clearances at the local heritage centre. In this area wildlife abounds - nature lovers look out for red deer, pine marten (one of the rarest of British mammals) and otters.
From Applecross we will make our way along the banks of Loch Torridon to Shieldaig where we will make a further stop before travelling through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve to Kinlochewe. From Achnasheen we will retrace our outward journey to Inverness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
Are children allowed on your tours?
Children are welcome to travel on almost all the tours featured on this website. The minimum age for participation does vary from tour to tour so please check the relevant tour page for more information.
Is there much walking involved on your tours?
On most tours you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs. If you have someone in your party who has mobility issues then there is normally an alternative at most stops .
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Platform 7
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 09:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:00 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.