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Applecross is a remote West Highland village at the foot of wild hills, situated on Applecross Bay, facing the island of Raasay in the Inner Sound, beyond which lies Skye. The patron saint, named Maelrubha, or Maree, founded a monastery here in AD. 673, being later buried in the little Church north of the village. Motor boats from Kyle of Lochalsh serve Toscaig, which lies some 4 miles to the south, at the head of the small inlet of Loch Toscaig.

By road, the only approach is over the famous 2,054-ft. Pass of the Cattle, a most difficult route, and liable to be blocked by snow in winter. The descent from the summit of the pass to Applecross Bay is without serious difficulty. Beyond Loch Toscaig he the three small Crowlin Islands. A walkers’ track goes northwards from Applecross to the mouth of Outer Loch Torridon, giving splendid views, and continuing in an easterly direction to Shieldaig, on the loch of that name, looking towards the splendid Torridon mountains.

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