Since around 636 AD, pilgrims and visitors have come to see the ‘Abbot Stone’ of St Maelrubbe, descendant of the Irish King Niall

Applecross ‘deserves to be venerated among the most sacred spots in Scotland’. (Scott, The 1909 Scottish Historical Review)

  • ‘Abbot Stone’ of St Maelrubbe
  • Clachan church and graveyard
  • Applecross heritage centre
  • Iron Age Broch (one of only 7 in all Scotland)
  • Ancient leylines and standing stones

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

‘Abbot Stone’ of St Maelrubbe

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

Heritage Centre

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 placenames mapping project

Applecross Placenames Project

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. The Channel 4 TV 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 website