Applecross, Hartfield House
About About this hostel
The Applecross peninsula boasts a breathtakingly beautiful and dramatic landscape. The main township of Applecross (‘a Chomraich’ in Gaelic, which means 'sanctuary') is located around the picturesque bay and enjoys uninterrupted views 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; from the top, on a good day, you can see the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
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.
Hartfield House is approximately 3/4 mile from the main road which skirts the bay and stands at the foot of the glen, following the line of the Applecross River. Originally an old hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate, it's a large building set in its own grounds and sleeps 50 in a mix of twin, triple and private bedrooms. There are hot showers, restful common areas, a dining hall, drying room, laundry, covered area for bikes, kit store, free WiFi, small shop, large garden and gym. Shops and restaurants are a 15 to 20 minute walk or five minutes in the car.
You can also book via the Hostelling International website
Facilities & Services
Open all year (groups only in winter)
Private Rooms Available
Family Rooms Available
Suitable for Groups
'Heat it and Eat Meals' available
Self Catering Kitchen
Towel Hire Available
Conference and meeting facilities
Group catering packages available on request and by prior arrangement
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Reasons to visit
The area’s cultural and religious heritage offers sites of historic and archaeological interest, including an Iron Age roundhouse, 2000 year old broch and hut circles. Applecross boasts spectacular geology and a wealth of plant and wildlife, with regular sightings of otters, sea and golden eagles. Further afield are the Torridon mountains and the beautiful islands of Skye and Raasay where you can do some whale and dolphin watching.
An award winning establishment, The Applecross Inn has 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 is a fantastic location for those wishing to get away from it all. There are trains running from Inverness to nearby Strathcarron and we can arrange to pick you up from the station.