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Bealach Na Bà

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Bealach Na Bà, Scottish Gaelic for “pass of the cattle”, is a scenic route in the northern Highlands. Follow one of Scotland and the UK’s most dramatic roads, as it winds its way across the Applecross peninsula.  

In fact, this is also the steepest ascent of any road in the UK and one of the highest roads you can drive in Scotland. At its highest point, you’ll be over 600 metres (2,000 feet) above sea level.

This meandering single-track mountain road will take you around hairpin bends and up steep gradients. So the drive itself is an enjoyable adventure! At the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views over the region of Wester Ross and towards the Isle of Skye, and beyond.

You'll want to pause to take photographs and soak up the mountain scenery from the viewpoint. Nearby is the seaside village of Applecross, another worthwhile stop on the which is a worthwhile stop on the peninsula's west side.

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 Bealach Na Bà.

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