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TITLE
The Devil's Elbow of Tornapress Hill, Applecross
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0615
PLACENAME
Applecross
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32535
KEYWORDS
devil's elbow
tornapress hill
applecross
The Devil's Elbow of Tornapress Hill, Applecross

Tornapress is a tiny township near Kishorn where a narrow road branches off the A896 from Lochcarron to Shieldaig, and crosses the hills to Applecross.

This bleak and exposed road, which rises from sea level at Applecross to over 2,000ft at the summit six miles inland, features a particularly steep and winding section known as Bealach na Bà - the pass of the cattle - and is regularly closed during the winter.

A mile south of the summit is the Devil's Elbow, a notorious double-hairpin bend climbing at a gradient of 1-in-3. The modern road bypasses the hairpin bends, but the old road still exists and its route can be walked, or carefully cycled. The average gradient of the whole climb is 1-in-7 (14%).

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The Devil's Elbow of Tornapress Hill, Applecross

ROSS: Applecross

1930s; 1940s

devil's elbow; tornapress hill; applecross

Highland Libraries

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Tornapress is a tiny township near Kishorn where a narrow road branches off the A896 from Lochcarron to Shieldaig, and crosses the hills to Applecross. <br /> <br /> This bleak and exposed road, which rises from sea level at Applecross to over 2,000ft at the summit six miles inland, features a particularly steep and winding section known as Bealach na Bà - the pass of the cattle - and is regularly closed during the winter. <br /> <br /> A mile south of the summit is the Devil's Elbow, a notorious double-hairpin bend climbing at a gradient of 1-in-3. The modern road bypasses the hairpin bends, but the old road still exists and its route can be walked, or carefully cycled. The average gradient of the whole climb is 1-in-7 (14%).