Applecross Peninsula


To this day Applecross remains one of the remotest areas of Britain with the sense of peace and tranquillity that this brings. With its wonderful, varied scenery and abundance of wildlife, we hope that you will find Applecross a special place to visit and that you will enjoy and respect the special charm and way of life here.

For those wishing to learn more of the history of the peninsula, there is a Heritage Centre at Clachan, run by the Applecross Historical Society, which is well worth a visit.

The name Applecross which is both intriguing but inaccurate probably derives from misinterpretation of the Pictish “Aber Crosan”, which means at the mouth of the Crosan River and would have been purely descriptive of the location of the settlement.  However, the Gaelic name for the peninsula, A’Chomraich (The Sanctuary) comes from much later. In 673 a.d. St. Maelrubha established a monastery and surrounding Sanctuary at Clachan, second only to Iona in terms of religious importance.

Recent archaeological digs at Sand have placed an ancient settlement there at 7,500BC (9,500 years ago), making the peninsula one of the earliest known settlements in Scotland.

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