Applecross and the Wild Highlands tour

September 5 – We were signed up for another tour taking us out into the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. With everyone collected at the meeting point the bus drove the same route we’d taken the day before. After our “comfort stop” we turned down a different way and headed toward the Applecross Penninsula.

We made another stop in Ardarroch. Our driver suggested we get lunch stuff because our actual lunch stop had fairly limited options and it was better to be prepared.

Our tour continued with a climb over the Bealach nam Ba (the Pass of the Cattle, in Gaelic). The Pass is the third highest road in Britain and climbs to over 2,000 feet. They are pretty excited about this altitude gain but being from Colorado wasn’t too big of a deal. It was still lovely and a bit breezy at the top.

We stopped at the summit for what should have been breathtaking views across to Raasay and the Isle of Skye but the weather was pretty stormy.

From there we descended to Applecross Village where we made a brief stop at the local heritage center.

We made our way along the banks of Loch Torridon to Shieldaig then travelled through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Unfortunately the only “wildlife” we spotted on our journey where some sheep and Highland cows lining the road.

From there we made our way back to Inverness. This was my last full day of Scotland and where Jennifer and I parted company. We made our way back to the B&B, I collected my bags then made my way to the train station for my trek to Glasgow.

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