Bealach na Ba Road, Applecross

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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  • August 21, 2017
    Drove this road in early July - found the road through Strath Carron scarier! Yes it's a steady climb, yes the views are really good (for the passengers that is) drivers, please watch what you are doi...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The descent is superb and allows a view breathtaking. Certainly worth a visit!
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  • August 15, 2017
    This is a dramatic route over an awe inspiring landscape. Suitable for cars and very small camper vans only. We saw some larger vehicles but they could only be a danger to themselves and others - sure...  more »

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