Isolated pub on famously scenic route on west coast, with particularly friendly welcome, real ales and good seafood; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
A popular spot, this inn is always packed with customers from all over the world and the atmosphere is lively and genuinely friendly; if you wish to stay here, you'll have to book months ahead. The exhilarating west coast drive to reach the inn is over the Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) and is one of the highest in Britain; do not attempt it in bad weather. The alternative route, along the single-track lane winding around the coast from just south of Shieldaig, has equally glorious sea loch (and then sea) views nearly all the way. The no-nonsense bar has a woodburning stove, exposed-stone walls, upholstered pine furnishings and a stone floor. There's Applecross Inner Sound and Sanctuary on handpump, over 50 malt whiskies, 25 gins, ten rums and a good, varied wine list (all are available by the glass); background music and board games. Tables in the shoreside garden enjoy magnificent views; there's an outdoor eating area for summer use and a retro food truck (Applecross Inn-Side Out) selling fish and chips and Applecross ices. Getting to this remote little gem is part of the experience and a memorable time awaits on arrival. Some disabled facilities.
The good pub guide food review
Most people opt for the first class fresh local fish and seafood, which includes squat lobsters, creel-caught prawns, oysters, hand-dived scallops, fresh haddock, langoustines, a seafood platter and curried crab with mango, but they also offer sandwiches, local haggis flambéed in Drambuie topped with cream, duck breast with soy and honey marinade, beef chilli with rice, gammon and egg, spinach and potato curry, and puddings such as seasonal fruit crumble with custard and raspberry cranachan with almond praline.
Applecross Inn, Shore Street, Applecross, Strathcarron, Ross-shire, IV54 8LR