The Highlands between the Isle of Skye and Ullapool seem to be the end of the world. In any case, they are among the relatively undiscovered areas of Scotland, and get hardly mentioned in any of the guide books. Despite particularly charming landscapes, only once in a blue moon a tourist can be seen travelling on one of the few streets that open up the peninsula. In addition to Loch Maree the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve protects an authentic, rugged mountain scenery up to 1,000 meters in height.
Scotland's most demanding pass
Scotland's longest mountain pass connects the Applecross Peninsula with Lochcarron. It leads through a treeless mountain wilderness, but is a challenge for the driver. It begins in Applecross, where gardens and trees line the street. But soon the idyll gives way to a barren and wind-blown heath. The hard shoulder is crumbling, here and there cracks appear in the road surface, sometimes even malicious potholes.
Quiet lake and rugged mountains
The fourth largest freshwater lake in Scotland has the typical lng-stretched form of an ice-age lake. 25 smaller and five larger islands are spread across the 25 kilometres long and up to four kilometres wide lake. In the southeast Loch Maree is dominated by the 981 meter high Slioch. The water of the lake is said to have healing effects. Maree Island was the hermitage of Saint Maol Rubha, who founded the monastery Applecross in 672 there. You can still find the ruins of a chapel, a holy spring and an abandoned cemetery. Loch Maree is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Scotland and is said to have its own monster, Muc-Sheilch, which is related to Nessie.