“The Bealach Na Ba, Applecross” March 2016
I’ve been meaning to do this one for years partly because this road is such a spectacular drive with incredible views across to Skye from the top of the pass, and partly because when you reach the end you find yourself in the wonderful Applecross with it’s friendly campsite, one of the best pubs in Scotland, the Applecross Inn and (in my opinion) Scotland’s most beautiful beach. This is of course, the famous Bealach Na Ba which means “Pass of the Cattle” in Gaelic. The pass is an old drovers road which rises steeply to 2053ft through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula to Applecross village. Until the 1970’s this was the only road in to Applecross and is often impassable in winter. Now you can drive around the coast past Torridon if the road is closed (or if you are nervous driver). If you visit don’t forget to stop at The Coalshed, near the Applecross Inn, a little art and crafts Gallery which stocks all of my Applecross work.