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Baelach Na Bà

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Baelach Na Bà, Scottish Gaelic for “pass of the cattle”, is a scenic route located in the northern Highlands. Follow one of Scotland and the UK’s most dramatic roads, with this impressive drive up and down the Applecross peninsula.  

It is in fact the steepest ascent of any road in the UK and one of the highest roads you could take in Scotland. At its highest point, you’ll be over 600 metres (around 2,000 feet) above sea level.

The curvy single-track mountain pass will take you round hairpin bends and steep gradients. The drive in itself will be an adventure! At the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across the region of Wester Ross and towards the Isles of Skye, Rum and more.

Here take some time to enjoy the viewpoint and photograph the corries, which are ice-gouged bowls carved by glaciers during the last ice age. Then continue down toward the seaside village of Applecross.

Top tip: Make sure to keep an eye out for passing places as the road is narrow. And take your time, the journey is the important part when driving the Baelach Na Bà.

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