One can get to the Applecross peninsula of western Scotland two ways — over the Bealach Pass with its 20% grades and tight switchbacks, or around the Coward’s Way, which winds through coastal villages but has its share of tight turns and narrow passages, too. Either way is a delight.
Once to the shore, wander a little to find the Applecross Walled Garden. Work on the original house and garden began in 1675 on land that was owned by the Mackenzie Laird. The garden supplied the big house with food, but since recent restoration began in 2001, diners at the restaurant now benefit from the gardeners’ work.
The Applecross Highlands Shawl incorporates arbor, flower, butterfly, and vine motifs. Knit from the edging to center as traditional Shetland shawls are worked, it uses approximately 2300 yards of lace weight wool.