Another birthday, this time Christine’s. Torridon is the perfect centre for walking and we’d allowed for a few spare days when planning this holiday – for rest days and for mountaineering. But the clouds had stolen in under cover of darkness so we continued to Applecross along the famously scenic but hilly road that skirts the coastline of the peninsula. The sun made a brief appearance before the day settled down into bright but cloudy and muggy conditions. The quiet single track road afforded us some great coastal views, passing by the isles of Rona and Raasay later in the day.

Applecross is a tiny village but boasts a good campsite with its own tearoom and bakery, as well as a thriving shop and hotel. After coffee and cake in the Flower Tunnel tearoom we were sufficiently rested to erect our tent. After our camp meal we walked down to the hotel which was packed out. Luckily it was warm enough to sit outside for a pint and wonder where all the people had come from.