The region is considered to be one of the remotest in Britain and the vast, humbling scenery will not disappoint.
Situated in the small township of Arrina, the cottage has the stunning Applecross Peninsula as its backdrop and enjoys wonderful inland views with Loch Torridon just a few steps away over the ridge.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy high or low level hill walking, fishing, sea kayaking, canoeing, climbing or wildlife tours, there is a wide range of activities on offer that explorers of all levels can enjoy right on the doorstep and in the neighbouring villages of Applecross and Shieldaig – both just 15 minutes away by car.
Most famous for its spectacular scenery, Applecross is a small, remote village situated in the County of Wester Ross. To experience its true beauty we recommend taking the road in from Kishorn over the Bealach na Ba, following the coast road to Shieldaig. With its hairpin bends and steep inclines, this track is not for the fainthearted, but is so worth the experience as you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views across the bay to Raasay and Skye.
Nestled in the bay of Loch Torridon, Shieldaig is one of the most picturesque villages in the Highlands. With its beautiful shoreline, abundance of wildlife and variety of walks suitable for beginners to seasoned ramblers, it is the perfect destination for those interested in sea fishing or those looking for a beautiful location to take a leisurely stroll or something a little more challenging. And if you want to experience the local culture, there is a delightful annual fete held in the first weekend of August where the whole community comes together to provide a fun filled weekend.
Whether you are looking for adventure, culture, fine cuisine, afternoon tea and a delicious cake or just need to pick up a few essentials, the area offers everything you need to ensure your visit to this stunning region is nothing short of spectacular.
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What a wonderful holiday – a little gem of a cottage in splendid surroundings. Would recommend Torridon Stores & Cafe, Applecross Pub (ate there 3 times), Torridon Inn, and the Walled Garden at Applecross. A must is the mountain pass from Applecross to Locharron. The smoked salmon from the Shieldaig Smokehouse is delicious, wonderful beach at Sand, cosy and perfect for relaxing. Thank you very much!
Unusually I left the choice of our holiday destination solely to my wife and boy did she pick a cracker. This cottage is very special and all who stay here will surely be rewarded with a wonderful break away from life’s hurried pace, regardless of rain or shine. The cottage is very well equipped with everything that you could need and more.
We returned four years after our first visit sure that it would be books, rain, cooking and short ventures in blustery weather, but we’ve had absolutely glorious wall to wall sunshine and the most amazing temperatures. All the usual haunts of everyone else didn’t disappoint and our walk up to Coire Mhic Fhearchair was absolutely incredible. Cottage still great and garden much improved – sure we’ll be back again.
Another lovely stay at Rowan Cottage, fantastic weather! Great walks and some super seafood in local restaurants.
I think this may be the best cottage we’ve ever stayed in – practically perfect! Highly recommend the little walking book ‘Wester Ross & Lochalsh – 40 Coastal Walks’ (Paul and Helen Webster). This is brilliant for a range of shorter and longer walks around Applecross & Torridon. I love the Walled Garden at Applecross, which was in full and glorious bloom this week and I can recommend the Potting Shed Cafe for lunch and dinner. Wish we were staying another week.