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Bealach na Ba - Applecross

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 6.9 %

Length: 9 km

Altitude start: 5 m

Altitude top: 626 m

Ascent: 621 m

Bealach na Ba rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 3680 (all)
Ranking Scotland: 2 (all)
Ranking Scottish Highlands: 2(all)
Difficulty score: 65.64 what?

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The Bealach na Ba is situated in Scotland. This climb belongs to the Scottish Highlands. Starting from Applecross, the Bealach na Ba ascent is 9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 621 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.9 %.

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Story by Craig Paterson from Strathaven, United Kingdom, submitted on 10/07/2015
I climbed the bealach na ba in June 2015, in the heat. It was one of the hardest thing I have ever done. The view on a good day is spectacular from the top and on the way up and all the drivers that passed me were very courteous. I did it with a bottom gear of 34 28

But that really wasn''t enough for me (I am only 12). I thought I was doing well until due to the lack of passing places I had to stop and let a car through and then I couldn''t get going again so walking for a bit was the only thing I could do. I will definitely do the climb again
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Story by gordon walton from carlisle, United Kingdom, submitted on 30/06/2015
Climbed the bealach na ba on 27/06 with a friend. weather was poor from the bottom, only got worse as we climbed, straight in our faces as we hit the steep straight section.I suspect that this is the case more often than not. gradient is probably between 12-15% for 500m or so ,feels steeper with the wind. slackens as you hit the switchbacks. shame about the weather ,as the views must be stunning,the rest of the ride around the coast to sheildig is up and down the whole way but beautiful. well worth the trip.
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Story by Rog and Allie Moors from Belper, United Kingdom, submitted on 01/09/2013
Have just completed the pass together on a Thorn tandem. Set off from Applecross around the peninsula first and then just enough juice in the legs to make it over

Weather fab, views stunning and great to have the support and encouragement when it gets tough at the top

The toughest section by far is the 500 yards leading up to the hairpins - adrenalin gets you up at that stage

Had a few cheering spectators at the top as well - surprised to see a tandem make it :-)

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Story by Ian Hood from Foodieash, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/07/2012
The Bealach has been on my list of ''hills to do'' for many years and since I was stopping overnight in Applecross with our campervan I took the oportunity to ''do it'' while my wife was getting the dinner prepared. However not content with doing only the West side, I continued down to Tornapress, turned around and came back over the Eastern side. Great weather, superb views, Sheep, Stags, crazy car drivers, skipping cassette, chain off once,[try restarting uphill on a 14% gradient] 40+ mph descents and smoking brakes - an epic two hours.
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Story by Manuel Barbosa from St neots, United Kingdom, submitted on 11/03/2010
Lovely climb, but overshadowed by the climb from the east for beauty, and toughness. First section is nice and easy, gets you climbing gently, until the middle bit, just after the last house on the left when there is a right turn. The climb then kicks up for the remainder and doesnt really slacken off. Dont underestimate this side though, it may not be as beautiful as the east, but it is very tough none the less.
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Story by Chas Rodgers from Glosop, United Kingdom, submitted on 26/02/2009
Climbed twice last year;once in February from Applecross in extremely cold and icy weather and again in July in perfect conditions from Tornapress. A truly spectacular UK route,difficult to judge and with very dramatic surroundings from both directions.My recommendation would be a climb from Tornapress and a stay at the Applecross Inn which must have one the best views in Europe to admire with a decent pint of beer.The continuation route along the coast and inland to Sheildaig is inspiring but more difficult than you would think -especially if you have had a good bash at the bealach.Take some gels!
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Story by Rob Spencer from Manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/08/2008
I climbed this from Applecross: the first leg of a trek from Applecross over to Inverness: about 90 miles in all. The climb is tough. Ignore the gradient information because there are some sections near the summit that are steeper than 10%. The climb is hard, then levels out. Once you reach the exposed section about halfway up the gradient gets steeper. The winds are ubiquitous and when I climbed they were in my face. The climb near the top was very hard. I made it but was obssessed with the concept of compact gearing for a good twenty minutes. One The road is single track and though there are frequent stopping places camper van drivers are soft in the head and give you very little room. The descent is a great buzz, though youd be well advised to take your lemon and lime on some sections as the road is very narrow, there is loose gravel on some corners, and there are some blind bends. Also, as with all such climbs there are plenty of bikers about. All in all, a legendary climb, a real tester, great views - a not-to-be-missed opportunity to lend some reality to your fantasies of mounting a lone breakaway on the Ventoux.
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Story by alan hubbard from borehamwood, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/12/2007
climbed this mountain in both 2006 and 2007,in 2007 decided to try it in may, i stuck to my trusted 38x27 but still surendered and got off about 50 metres before the summit,conditions were very cool, with light drizzle at the foot of the i began to climb the clouds just completely covered me i could see no more than 20-30 feet in front of me ,it was so quiet, no one passed me in either direction it was very earie,going down the other side was a nightmare i had to get off and walk till i got to about 300 meters above sea level, i could not see the road enough to decend was a great if not strange ride , love to do on a nice sunny day apparentely the views are wonderful
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Story by Jacob from Glasgow, Scotland, submitted on 06/03/2007
I climbed the Bealach at the end of April 2007 alone and in very hot sunshine I decided to go straight from the bottom of the climb with very little warm up. It is a beautiful ride and I passed only one other cyclist standing in a lay-by, we exchanged remarks on the heat as I continued pushing 39x23. I only felt the psychological get off your bike and my lungs wheezing on the final hairpins near the summit. The descent is hairy, watch out fae sheep and cars, the bar in Applecross is great but you may be tempted as I was to do the 50 mile loop around the coast, for this make sure you got some juice left in your legs as it rolls up and down relentlessly.

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