One of the most scenic routes in Scotland lies across the Pass of the Cattle to Applecross which is one of Scotland's most ancient Christian centres a true escape from the world. The peninsula is a wonderful collection of ecological and archeological treasures.
Applecross Hotels & Accommodation
The reason many people make the long detour is to savour the delights of the venerable Applecross Inn, Tel. 744262. There are, sadly, too few authentic Highland hostelries where you could quite happily while away a few hours, or even an entire afternoon, but if you have to be holed up somewhere to escape the rotten weather, then this place is as good as any and better than most. The welcome is warm, the crack is good and the seafood is so fresh you can almost see it swimming past as you order (try a half pint of prawns for a fiver or scallops for £7.50). Bar food served 1200-2100, children welcome till 2030, ceilidhs on Fri evening. The rooms upstairs are nothing fancy, but comfortable, with sea views.
If there's no room at the Inn there are a few B&Bs a mile to the south in the village of Camusteel: Mrs Cross, 'Seawinds', Tel. 744373; Mrs Thompson, 'Raon-Mor', Tel. 744260, open Apr-Oct.
The Applecross Estate offers self catering cottages across the estate in varying states. see their website for more details