Applecross Heritage Centre


History of the Heritage Centre

The Applecross Heritage Centre had its ‘soft opening’ in 2002, and officially opened to the public on Good Friday, 18th April 2003; this year we celebrated our tenth anniversary of operations. The Centre is the focal point for the Applecross Historical Society’s operations and houses the Society’s collection of artefacts, archives and genealogical records. The Centre is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who keep it open six days a week between Easter and October each visitor season; and by Kate who keeps the garden looking good.

History of the Historical Society

The Applecross Historical Society was founded in 1998 by a group of local people who are passionate about celebrating, recording and sharing the history and heritage of the Applecross parish and its people, wherever they may be. The Society is both a Scottish-registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, supported by the local community and members from around the world.


The Applecross Heritage Centre lies just behind Clachan Manse and next to the historic Clachan Church and Cemetery, the site of Saint Maelrubha’s seventh-century monastic settlement. It is a single-storey stone building. Travelling over the legendary Bealach na Bà road, turn right at the T-junction once you reach the shore (the community filling station will be on your left) and follow the road around the head of Applecross Bay, cross the bridge and in approximately 500 metres you will see a small carpark signposted on the right. If travelling on the north coast road (A896) from the junction just south of Shieldaig , you will eventually cross a cattlegrid at Cruary and the Heritage Centre carpark is about 300 metres downhill on your left.

Opening hours

The Heritage Centre is open from Monday to Saturday inclusive (not on Sundays) from 12 noon until 4pm. The Centre normally opens for the season on Good Friday and closes on the last Saturday in October.


The Heritage Centre has a small giftshop, toilets for customers, seats in the display room and reading room. The Heritage Centre is wheelchair-accessible; those who use a wheelchair may, and are advised to, use the carpark immediately adjacent to Clachan Church for easier access.