The coastal road to Applecross was completed in 1975 and provided much needed access to the Applecross Peninsula, renowned for its spectacular views over Loch Torridon, The Inner Sound and the Hebridean islands. From Applecross, the road meanders over the Bealach na Ba or Pass of the Cattle which is the biggest road ascent in the United Kingdom rising from sea level to 626m, enjoying views over Loch Kishorn, the Outer Hebrides and south to the Kintail mountains. Tigh Beag provides the prefect base from which to explore this very special corner of Scotland. If you would like to take a little reminder home with you, visit Jack Marris at the Applecross Photographic Gallery.
Torridon RIB Charter offers private charters in a fast and stylish Redbay Stormforce 650. Their tours look for the sea eagles on Shieldaig Island, view a fish farm from the water and seek out local seals, herons, oyster catchers and other bird life. For a memorable lunch or dinner at Gille Brighde restaurant in Diabaig, Torridon RIB Charter offer a private return water taxi with pick up available from the bay in front of Tigh Beag.
If you would like to explore Loch Torridon under sail, Torridon Yacht Charter offer bareboat yacht charter on a luxurious Hanse 385 and Torridon Sailing Tours offer skippered day charter for up to 4 people, on the beautiful Temptress.
If you are feeling adventurous, Shieldaig Outdoor Adventures, Torridon Activities at The Torridon Hotel and Mountain and Sea Guides in Applecross provide a range of activities from canoe hire to archery.
Tigh Beag is an ideal base for hill walking in the Torridon mountains as well as a number of shorter, low level and coastal walks. These are well documented on the Walk Highlands website.
The Applecross peninsula is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna. The sheltered bay in front of the house and surrounding woodland make Tigh Beag an ideal spot for watching dear, otters, seals and many woodland and sea birds. Binoculars are provided for a closer look.
Applecross is a scenic forty five minute drive from Tigh Beag and has two popular restaurants. The Applecross Walled Garden is set in the walled garden of Applecross House which has been restored and is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Applecross Inn is at the heart of the village, serving generous pub fare with superb views over the Inner Sound to Raasay and Skye.
If you make it over the Bealach na Ba, The Bealach Cafe is a great place to unwind whilst enjoying home baking and local arts and crafts displayed in their gallery. A short drive south from there takes you to the Kishorn Seafood Bar, which is renowned for fresh, locally sourced shellfish.
Closer to home is the village of Shieldaig where you will find Nanny's Cafe, built on the site of the original village store and serving a selection of light lunches, home baking and Capaldi's ice creams. Coastal Kitchen and Tigh an Eilean are both situated on the main street and offer pub or restaurant dining with fabulous views over the Bay.
The 1887 restaurant at the Torridon Hotel boasts three AA Rosettes and is a beautiful setting for a fine dining dinner. The grounds of the hotel are home to a herd of highland cattle that roam on the lawn in front of the restaurant. For a more informal meal there is the Torridon Inn which is just a short walk from the hotel. Afternoon tea is also available and a lovely way to spend a rainy day. Jo, at the Torridon Stores and Cafe in the main village of Torridon prepares homemade lunches and baking. She also sells a selection of groceries and books about the local area
A little further afield are the award winning Gille Brighde at the end of the road in Diabaig and Whistlestop Cafe in the old village hall, Kinlochewe, where Liz prepares a fantastic breakfast, lunch or dinner.
If you would prefer to eat in, The Kishorn Kitchen offers a range of catering options.