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TITLE
1st Hairpin-bend, Bealach na Ba (The Pass of the Cows)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0631
PLACENAME
Bealach na Ba
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1940s; 1950s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32551
KEYWORDS
tornapress
devil's elbow
applecross
bealach na bà
bealach road
1st Hairpin-bend, Bealach na Ba (The Pass of the Cows)

This is a narrow road that 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%).

The name Applecross is at least 1300 years old and is used locally to refer to the 19th century village with the pub and post office, lying on the small Applecross Bay, facing the Inner Sound, on the opposite side of which lies the Inner Hebridean island of Raasay.

The small River Applecross flows into the bay at Applecross. Applecross is also the name of the local estate.

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1st Hairpin-bend, Bealach na Ba (The Pass of the Cows)

ROSS: Applecross

1940s; 1950s

tornapress; devil's elbow; applecross; bealach na bà; bealach road

Highland Libraries

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This is a narrow road that 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%).<br /> <br /> The name Applecross is at least 1300 years old and is used locally to refer to the 19th century village with the pub and post office, lying on the small Applecross Bay, facing the Inner Sound, on the opposite side of which lies the Inner Hebridean island of Raasay. <br /> <br /> The small River Applecross flows into the bay at Applecross. Applecross is also the name of the local estate.