Bealach na Ba Road

Bealach na Ba Road, Applecross: Address, Bealach na Ba Road Reviews: 5/5

Bealach na Ba Road
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Andrew A
Althorne, UK393 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Mountain pass with narrow steep drive up and down. The views at the top are worth it, we toured Scotland and saw loads of brilliant views but this was the best. We drove it in a camper an with no problems at all. Exhilarating more than scary. Lots of passing places, just take your time and enjoy the views and the driving itself.
Written 8 January 2022
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34TD
London, UK61 contributions
Oct 2021
Visited in October when luckily the main holiday season was over. The road is magnificent. Narrow in places, wonderful views, steep curves. Made me yearn for my motorcycling days. Stop when you can to soak in the views.

Definitely not for large vehicle or those who are less confident.

Have fun. It’s stunning.
Written 31 October 2021
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Susimoon22
Alyth, UK10 contributions
Sep 2021
It's some journey over the pass. We travelled over it on Sept 26th 21 and weather wasn't good enough to see much but you still get the idea of the drops whether you can see or not. So narrow in places, glad we have a 4x4 as saw some small cars falling into some pretty big holes in the road (ouch). Returning the next day we had a much better view and it's really quite lovely. Well worth a journey over if you are in the area but go cautiously.
Written 3 October 2021
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Work2TravelUk
UK124 contributions
Sep 2021
A single track road, with passing places. The warning sign is genuine. As with many of the roads on the West Coast this is not for drivers lacking confidence or courtesy for that matter - parking in passing places is not acceptable nor overtaking! On the whole an amazing stretch of road. We were going to Applecross so the hardest section was uphill, think it would've been more hair raising the other way! Limited safe parking at the top, if you have the opportunity take time to walk around, the views are breath taking over to Skye. Belach cafe and gallery at the start of the pass was superb too.
Written 2 October 2021
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Melsy1
Ipswich, UK3,654 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Admittedly I wasn't driving it and was a passenger. It's certainly gives some fantastic views and we luckily had a clear sunny day.. until we got to the view point when some clouds came in. It all just added to the experience as you don't often find yourself driving or walking through the clouds.
It's very tight in places and there is a continuous steep winding section where even our brand new hire car started to feel the strain. As others have said the large camper vans really do make it a "challenge" and it can be frustrating especially as many of the drivers aren't used to such vehicles and can't judge distances to competently drive it on a normal road let alone steep single tracks. They look to be churning up the ground beside the road which isn't ideal for locals who have to use this stretch of road as part of daily life, when all we're doing is driving it for fun.
Whilst this stretch of road is part of the NC500, there is an alternative route that motor homes should follow as the sign clearly states.
This formed part of the start of our NC500 journey from Inverness and what an introduction.
Glad we took this route in our car but have to say the drive from Torridon to Lower Diabaig was just as beautiful if not more so.
Written 28 September 2021
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Jay A
glasgow6 contributions
Aug 2021
Trip ruined by people on trip advisor moaning about campervans. What do they expect, walking the nc500? We can't all afford to hire shooting lodges for our holidays, so campervans it is.
Written 15 September 2021
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Lynne H
9 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Amazing road, 2nd time I've done it but by god it's scary!!! Waay to many motorhomes which aare advised not to use the road . and what most people dont realise it's the only access road and it is also used by lorries and heavy plant vehicles! Views aare amazing but before you go make sure you know how to drive on single track roads with small passing places .and remember theres a 2000ft sheer drop on one side ! One motor home actually couldnt get up a part of the pass and slid back down the road !you were warned 😀
Written 15 September 2021
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Danfrost89
Long Whatton, UK48 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I’d consider myself a very (overly…) confident driver and I was in a new Defender but the road was much more of a challenge than I expected - mainly because it was dense fog so I couldn’t see what was going on!

I imagine it would be spectacular (as the rest of the Highlands is) but we couldn’t see more than a few feet ahead of us so there was lots of reversing, bleeps ( from the car and me!) and general squeaky bum moment shut defo worth doing.
Written 15 September 2021
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Caroline Hunter
Glasgow, UK29 contributions
Sep 2021
I have driven this road twice before this attempt and all I can say is too many people have no idea how to drive a road like this. It is a single narrow track with passing places meant for one car or 2 at most. On this particular day it was very misty and hard to see ahead but this did not stop drivers from bunching up 5 to 6 vehicles, including camper vans and motor homes, in a convoy. Result - snarl ups at every passing place, in fact one idiot in a motor home drove too fast and passed me before I was fully in the passing place missing me by millimeters. So if you cannot drive on these types of roads DON'T. If you are in a motor home avoid it.
The road had been closed from 10:30am to 1:30pm for a cycle event hence it was very busy.
Written 14 September 2021
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,744 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Just as seen on TV. This road can lull you into a false sense of security and then steeply wind away dodging the campers who ignore the signs not to use the highway. Nevertheless it’s a piece of fun.
Written 13 September 2021
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