Welcome to Hartfield House hostel, overlooking the sandy Applecross bay and framed by mountains. There is no better place to explore. Bike, walk, climb, kayak, run, the choice is yours.
The Applecross peninsula is a breathtakingly beautiful and dramatic landscape. The main township of Applecross (meaning sanctuary in Gaelic) is located around the picturesque bay and enjoys uninterrupted views out over the island of Raasay and the Cuillin hills of Skye. Applecross is reached by one of the highest routes in the UK, the Bealach na Ba; on a good day you can see the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
Hartfield House is approximately 3/4 of a mile off the main road, which skirts the bay and stands at the foot of the glen following the line of the Applecross River. Originally the old hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate, it is a large old building set in its own grounds and sleeps 50 in a mix of twin and triple bedrooms. There are ample hot showers, restful common areas, a dining hall, drying room, laundry, covered area for bikes, kit store, free wi-fi, small shop, large garden and gym. Shops and restaurants are 15 – 20 minute walk or five minutes in the car.
With the sheltered waters of the sound and spectacular mountains right on the doorstep, Hartfield House is an ideal place to base yourself for walking and trekking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking and climbing. The area’s cultural and religious heritage offers excellent sites of historic and archaeological interest, including an Iron Age roundhouse, 2,000 year old broch and hut circles. Applecross boasts geology to rival that of the Grand Canyon and a wealth of plant and wildlife, regular sightings of otters, sea and golden eagles. Further afield are the Torridon mountains and the beautiful islands of Skye and Raasay, as well as whale and dolphin watching. The list is endless.
Award winning establishment, The Applecross Inn offers a fantastic atmosphere and excellent seafood. The Applecross Outside Inn offers takeaway fish & chips on the waterfront, along with Applecross Ices (homemade ice cream) and good coffee. The Potting Shed is located within the glorious Walled Garden, part of the Applecross Estate grounds. It provides excellent food amongst the flowers! Lying approximately 80 miles/2 hours’ drive from Inverness, Applecross offers a fantastic location for those wishing to get away from things. There are trains running from Inverness to nearby Strathcarron and arrangements can be made for pick up, should you be travelling by train.
Contact 01520 744 333 for further details and to book.