The Old Post Office, Arrina, Applecross Peninsular, Ross-shire, IV54 8XU     phone: 020 7727 3011 or email

The Cottage Alligin

Rainbow Beach at Sand

View from the kitchen: Photo top left Copyright © 2011 Maciej B. Markiewicz. Bottom right: Sand beach Applecross.


I think it was the constantly changing light which made Arrina so magical for me — but then it could have been the mountains, the walks, the sea or the beaches — it becomes hard to pin down what exactly it is that makes this such an extraordinary place.” Sarah Anderson, The Travel Bookshop.

The area provides an excellent base for hill walkers (high and low level), fishing, sea kayaking and wildlife. For guided walks in the Shieldaig/Torridon area see www.nineonesix.co.uk; for the Applecross peninsular see www.applecross.uk.com and Applecross walks. There are fine sandy beaches at Cuaig and Sand on the Applecross road.

The National Trust for Scotland have a Countryside Centre at Torridon (18 miles) and The Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve run by Scottish Natural Heritage is at Kinlochewe (27 miles)

For truly excellent pub food, visit the Applecross Inn which specialises in local produce, especially seafood. The Potting Shed Cafe and Restaurant in Applecross House walled garden is also well worth visiting. There are fine sandy beaches on the way to Applecross; at Cuaig and at Sand.

Organised outdoor activity can be arranged through the Torridon Hotel (18 miles), including fishing, clay pigeon shooting, guided walks, climbing, abseiling, sea kayaking, bike hire and archery. www.torridon-activities.com

The Applecross village store is now found at Camusteel (11 miles, prop: A&S Brown tel: 01520 744214). Basic supplies are also found at Shieldaig (8 miles). If not already stocked up for your holiday you may wish to visit Tesco Extra in Inverness, only two minutes off the route from the south, on the Aberdeen road. (directions to Arrina on map - directions page).