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Bealach na Ba Road, Applecross

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Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula, in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands—and the name of a famous twisting, single-track mountain road through the pass and mountains.The road is one of few in the Scottish Highlands that is engineered similarly to roads through the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends that switch back and forth up the hillside and gradients that approach 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from sea level at Applecross to 626m, and is the third highest road in Scotland.The name is Scottish Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle, as it was historically used as a drovers' road.MediaThe road featured in several episodes of the television series Hamish Macbeth (much of which was filmed in nearby Plockton), which pictures it having a roadsign that indicates: "Narrow road - no more than three sheep abreast". The road was also featured in the 1953 film Laxdale Hall.
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  • This is one of the classic roads in Scotland most enjoyed on a motorbike but a car still does the trick. Stop in the lay by half way up for a great view. Take your time & enjoy the drive.  more »
  • An amazing experience travelling down the Bealach Na Ba road. A definite must do when visiting this part of Scotland!  more »
  • Covered this route many times by both car and motorcycle. Many do it from the junction off the A896 to Applecross. There is the sign at this junction which is a great phot opportunity used my many to ...  more »

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