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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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  • Our road trip round the Applecross peninsula was amazingly bleak and wild and scarily enjoyable. Mists rose and fell and in the lower areas near the sea where tress could grow, a few stunted examples ...  more »
  • The only way to travel if visiting Applecross. The only problem is the driver will not get the opportunity to admire the view!  more »
  • Fantastic drive but I would encourage people to check out the etiquette of driving on single track always keep left give way to people coming up the hill and don't impede following traffic allow them ...  more »