Looking up the Bealach Na Ba from Ardarroch - Tim - 8/16/2008
Bealach na Ba, Tornapress story submitted on 4/8/2008
Ive done this climb twice, once from each direction. I recommend east-west as you get to pass slowly beside the towering cliffs of the corrie, the majesty helps to distract from the pain. When you get to the top you reach the brow and suddenly have the whole of Skye and smaller islands spread out in front of you (if youre lucky to get a clear day), which you continue to have for the entire descent. To top it all there is the very good pub in Applecross, you can virtually freewheel from the pass summit to the pub door. Going west-east, the views of Skye are out of sight behind you, the terrain is relatively uninspiring, and when you descend through corrie the awe of it all is all gone in an instant. And theres no pub or any other refreshments at the other side for about 7 miles either side of Tornapress.
I did it unladen both times, west-east first with cloud and no view at the summit, east-west a year later with blue skies and 60 mile visibility. The second time the climb took about an hour including many photo stops, the final approach to the first hairpin was done by cycling left-right across the width of the single track road as it is so steep.