This multi-award winning inn is well worth the drive to get here. And what a drive it is across the epic, gasket-bursting Bealach na Ba. Very much the heart of the tiny coastal community, the Applecross Inn is always alive with gregarious locals and spellbound visitors. Resisting the tempting ping of the microwave the emphasis is on local produce with seafood a highlight both on the main menu and the daily changing specials board. Don’t be fooled by the rather expensive sounding ‘Applecross Prawns’ as these are actually huge local langoustines as fresh as can be. Then there is the local lobster, cooked simply and left for you to spend the rest of the night tackling. Or maybe just enjoy a pint of squat lobster tails - the moreish pistachios of the shellfish world. Red meat lovers are not left out with venison from the Applecross Estate and everyone gets to share the views with a digestif best enjoyed outside with a backdrop of the sun melting over the unmistakable Cuillin ridge across the shellfish rich waters on Skye.
There are not many inns in Scotland worth blowing a gasket on your car over. The family-run Applecross Inn in ultra-remote Wester Ross is one of them. If your car somehow makes it over the notorious, but spellbindingly beautiful, Bealach Na Ba, then the rewards are manifest. Take a pew outside on a sunny day or cosy up inside with distant views of the Skye Cuillin for company. Getting frozen food into Applecross can be a challenge, which you’ll soon be glad of when you settle down to a heaving plate of Applecross prawns (langoustines) or whole local lobster. Meat lovers can sample fresh Applecross Estate venison and everyone can finish off with some fine cheeses from the West Highland Dairy. They’ve also got rooms here, if you want stay over. You car will be in need of the rest. Your soul will probably be as rejuvenated the next day too.