Day 6 | Sunday, 13 May
Inverewe & Applecross - a day of spectacle and adventure!
Today's journey takes us north, along Glen Carron and then by
Loch Maree for lunch and a the main part of the day exploring Inverewe Gardens, the
world-famous gardens overlooking Loch Ewe. Created by Osgood
Mackenzie in 1862, Inverewe is one of Scotland's most popular
botanical attractions and is home to the most northerly planting of
the rare Wollemi pines. It is home, too, to more than 2,500 species
of other exotic plants, flourishing here because of the warm
currents of the Gulf Stream and the foresight of Osgood Mackenzie,
who planted over 100 acres of woodland to shelter the garden.
Loch Ewe was the chief assembly anchorage for the wartime Arctic
Convoys to Russia and, if time allows and you wish to, we will call
in at the museum and visit the memorial to those who lost
their lives serving on the convoys.
We return to Plockton via the Applecross Peninsula for dinner at
the legendary Applecross Inn, the drive to which, beneath the
Torridon mountains and along the coast, is spectacular, and is
matched only by our drive home, over Britain's highest public road.
If it all goes to plan, and if the weather is kind, we will have a
glorious sunset over Skye and the Hebrides beyond.
Today's total driving is about 170 miles/275 km