The road titled ‘The Bealach-Na-Ba’ (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle) is a famous, twisting, single-track mountain road, rising to 626 metres (2053 feet) in the Applecross peninsula, within the Highland’s of Scotland. It is one of very few roads in the Scottish Highlands which is engineered in a similar fashion to the great mountain passes in the Alps, with very tight hairpin bends which switch back and forth up the hillside, with gradients approaching 20%. It boasts the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK, rising from Applecross at sea level to 626m..
Now you see why we needed to hit this up right?.. With such a passion for driving, we take all we can in term’s of good roads to drive on. This area has a bad reputation for being badly maintained and full of idiots. To get out into the middle of no where.. with the only other soul’s around being sheep and dial-a-bus drivers and nothing but road, we set up to go.
This being the 4th attempt now at trying to make our way up there (All previous attempts failed due mechanical issue’s with the s15) we were finally set to get going. Aiming to leave between 1-2pm on Thursday.. we didn’t end up going till around 3/4. We arrived around about 8pm and begun to hit this place up!
The rumor’s were true (Well mostly).. the review’s on website’s tourist wide about how cool this place was.. met its highly ranked status of being “One of the best roads in Scotland” – Super Mount Akina style Hairpins.. scary scary drops with nothing but a crash barrier to keep you from sudden death.. suddenly.. the 4 hour drive and sheer price on fuel, almost instantly felt so worth it all!
As you can see its a tad crazy.. to be honest, I expected the hairpin’s to be less steep and more drivable however they were near on impossible to gather enough speed through safely. Loosing traction in second in just trying to get up the hill was a challenge in its own at certain points.
Scott and myself both agreed though.. It was the best road we had ever driven on and some of the sights will stay with us forever.
Well done Scotland, It almost compares!