Applecross ‘deserves to be venerated among the most sacred spots in Scotland’.
(Scott, The 1909 Scottish Historical Review)
A place rich in heritage
Many of our guests come here to reconnect with family or get in touch with their roots. Kilbrides, McLeods, MacRaes and MacKenzies are all over the show!
Visit our fantastic Heritage Centre at the beautifully restored current Clachan Church at the head of Applecross Bay. The centre is staffed by extremely knowledgeable local volunteers, who are passionate about the history and heritage of their home and the highland way of life
Discover the poetry and practical wisdom of Gaelic culture through the Place Names Mapping Project.
Applecross Place Names Project (http://www.applecrossplacenames.org.uk/)
Clachan Church and Graveyard
Since the Reformation, there have been three churches built at the Clachan or Sanctuary. The remains of the oldest are now used as the laird’s cemetery.
Learn more about the Clachan Graveyard Mapping Project
Loch Maree, the village of Amulree, and over 25 churches are named for St Maelrubbe. In the Victorian Era, healing rites associated with him were still held, despite some very dark centuries of Viking invasions during the middle ages.
Legend has it that the Saint floated into the bay on this fourteen foot long slab of stone, now in the local graveyard.
Iron Age Broch
One of the great attainments of the Iron Age in Scotland was the building of Brochs, or Caledonian Roundhouses, which are double-walled circular towers.
Channel 4 TV’s Time Team, as well as several international archaeology expeditions have come to study the site, which is near the Applecross Campsite.
Find out more at the Applecross Historical Society
Ancient Ley lines
Dr. J. Havelock Fidler, author of the books Earth Energy and Ley lines: their nature and properties: A Dowser’s Investigation, spent over 30 years in agricultural research and is known for his work on quantitative methods in relation to dowsing. He studied and mapped leylines on the Applecross. Peninsula over decades of his life – including those connected with the Old Religion and the White Goddess.
Both these books are available to guests at Eagle Rock.
– A circle of standing stones erected in early 7th Century at a 6 mile radius from the monastery in Applecross Bay
– Leylines connected with the Old Religion and the White Goddess
– Middens from the end of the Ice Age, and Mesolithic Period (9000 years ago)
– The Bronze Age burial ground at Shieldaig
Connect with heritage at Eagle Rock
The house, named for the rock above it, is built within a circle of ancient standing stones that mark a Gaelic Clachan or Sanctuary. The ancient Celts chose this exact spot for their watch fire – a vital warning system for the Viking invasions that began in AD 737.
In more peaceful times, it’s where local lovers went to be alone – totally private, yet not too far from the village.