Applecross Heritage Centre & Clachan Church
Church and Museum in Wester Ross
With archaeological remains dating back over 9,000 years, Applecross has a long history of human habitation, and internationally significant connections with the early Christian church. The Irish monk Mael Rubha founded a Christian settlement in Applecross in 673 and for some 120 years there was a thriving monastery here. The surrounding district is known as a’ Chomraich, ‘the sanctuary’ in Gaelic. Applecross was only accessible by boat until the early 20th century, and for many years after that the only road access was over the spectacular Bealach na Ba (‘Pass of the Cattle’), which crosses the peninsula and climbs to a height of 626 m, meaning it is regularly closed in wintry weather. Applecross Heritage Centre was created from a derelict building to ensure that the historical, religious and cultural background of this highland community was retained. This centre gives a good insight and understanding into the community of this peninsula, which is currently engaged in a wide range of development projects, and how it has been shaped over the centuries. Just beyond the Heritage Centre is Clachan Church and the unmarked site of Mael Rubha’s burial.