Public Transport Directions
ARRIVING BY CAR:
1 Getting to Lochcarron
- from Glasgow (roughly 4 hours)
There are basically two routes to get to Lochcarron from Glasgow, both of which take roughly 4 hours.
Route 1 from Glasgow: Stirling – Perth – Inverness – Lochcarron: North via Stirling and Perth to Inverness (M80 to M9 to A9) then northwest from Inverness for a few miles on the A9, branching west onto the A835 as far as Garve. A mile or so through Garve, turn left onto the A832 (don’t miss the turning – it’s easy to do!) as far as Achnasheen, then left again (southwest) onto the A890 and straight out on the A896 to Lochcarron. Then on to Applecross, see below.
Route 2 from Glasgow: Crainlarich – Glen Coe – Fort Wiliam – Invergarry – Lochcarron: From the M8 going West from Glasgow, cross the Erskine Bridge on the Clyde (clearly signposted. At the end of the bridge, follow the A82 all the way to Invergarry (along through Crainlarich, Glen Coe and Fort Wiliam. At Invergarry, turn left onto the A87, almost as far as the Kyle of Lcochalsh, then turn right onto the A890 into Lochcarron. (Going around the head of the Loch). Then on to Applecross, see below.
- from Edinburgh
It is definitely quicker to go via Inverness (north on the M90 towards Perth, then the A9 to Inverness and across to Lochcarron as described in Route 1.
You may wish to travel one way via Route 2 to Glasgow, (just because it is such an incredible drive), then follow the M8 east back to Edinburgh.
2 Getting to Applecross; mountain pass or coast road
There are only two roads leading right into Applecross. The fastest is via Lochcarron, over the Bealach, the other is via Shieldaig and traces the coast, reaching Applecross from the North. Whatever the weather, you might want to come into Applecross over the Bealach, and leave via the coast road – or vice versa; both drives have spectacular scenery.
- Mountain pass from from Lochcarron (Roughly 1 hour)
1. The Bealach na Ba, via Loachcarron (as described in Routes 1 and 2), via Lochacarron. This is the fastest and most commonly used road. National Geograpic named the Bealach na Ba one of the 50 Best Drives in the World. The high plateau, at 2,053 ft affords stunning views: from Ardnamurchan Peninsula to Loch Torridon, including Eigg, Rùm, the Cuillins of Skye, the Old Man of Storr and the Quirang.
Drive through Lochcarron and Kishorn. A mile or so through Kishorn, turn left on the un-numbered road signposted to Applecross and go over the Bealach na Ba into Applecross. Check weather conditions close to your time of travel; you may need to take the coast road.
- Coast toad from Shieldaig (Roughly 1.5 hours)
2. The Torridon Peninsula Coast Road, via Shieldaig. This route adds about 30 minutes to the overall 5 hour journey time, but the views across the Inner Sound – part of the Gulf Stream) – are spectacular (and bad weather might force closure of the Bealach). Enjoy the panorama of the Cuillins of Skye, Raasay, Rona and the islands of the Outer Hebrides, and to the north, views over Loch Torridon and the magnificent Torridon mountains.
Having taken Route 2, you would pass the turn off to Applecross through Lochcarron, just beyond Kishorn and continue directly north on the A896 then turn left onto the coast road to Applecross, just short of Shieldaig.
If you have taken Route 1 (via Inverness), you’d take the A832 just past Achnasheen to Kinlochewe, then turn left onto the A896 going South, just beyond Shieldaig, turn right onto the coast road to Applecross. Pass the Applecross Inn, and proceed as above to Eagle Rock.
3 A two-minute drive from Applecross (the Applecross Inn) to Eagle Rock
Turn left at the T-Junction in Applecross pass the Applecross Inn on your left, through Milton, pass a small loch on your left and take the right hand fork at the Town Hall (which is on your left). The first driveway on your right (40 yards from the fork) leads to Eagle Rock. ** To be on a different band of colour **
ARRIVING BY TRAIN:
There are regular trains between Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Inverness.
Sleeper trains London Euston – Inverness
Two Sleeper trains (no changes) leave from Euston station, London each night of the week, at 9.15pm, and at 11pm. (Except Saturdays).
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Small trains Inverness – Stracthcarron – Kyle (at the Skye Bridge)
Strathcarron is the closest train station to Applecross, 21 miles away.
You can buy tickets at the station or on the train.
Many guests have said this ride in the local, little train, was a highlight of their stay.
Be careful not to miss your stop!
ARRIVING BY PLANE:
The closest airport is Inverness, 80 miles away.
Many guests choose to land in Glasgow and take Route 2 because it is such a spectacular
Easyjet and Flybe are the main UK based airlines coming into Inverness with many direct
flights from Gatwick and Luton near London, Healthrow, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester,
Cardiff and more.
ARRIVING BY SOUTH WEST COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME:
It is possible to organize a lift with a community car for £6, for the 21 mile ride from Strathcarron to Eagle Rock.
Call the booking line of the South Wet Ross Community Car Scheme on 01445 791436 between 9.30am and 2pm, Mondays to Fridays. Please book as far ahead of time as possible. All drivers are community volunteers.
All drivers are fully licensed and insured, have a valid MOT certificate and a Car Scheme ID card. All under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Only the pre-booked number of passengers can be carried, in order to comply with the law.
ARRIVING BY COMMUNITY BUS TO APPLECROSS POST OFFICE:
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Please note that you need to book your request stop before 18:00 hours the night before travel.
ARRIVING BY POSTBUS SERVICE:
A postbus leaves Strathcarron train station daily (except Sun) at 0955, arriving in Shieldaig at 1040. Another Postbus then leaves Shieldaig at 1130 and arrives in Applecross at 1300, via the beautiful and winding coast road.
No buses run over the Bealach na Ba.
A Postbus leaves Applecross at 0915 and arrives in Shieldaig at 1010. It continues to Torridon (see below) and arrives at 1030. Another Postbus leaves Shieldaig at 1045 and arrives at Strathcarron train station at 1130. There are train connections from Strathcarron to Inverness and Kyle
Tel. 08457-484950 to book in advance.
ARRIVING BY CYCLE:
It is a 22 mile cycle from Strathcarron station over the Bealach, to Eagle Rock.Alternately, take the coastal route from Strathcarron, which is
Edinburgh Cycling Co-operative’s cycling routes of the Applecross Peninsula
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ARRIVING BY HELICOPTER:
You can land in the cleared parking space between Eagle Rock itself, and the house, 20m from the front door.