Friday, 28 July 2017

Tour Scotland Video Drive Down Famous Bealach na Ba Road Highlands

Tour Scotland video of a drive down the famous Bealach na Ba single track road on ancestry visit to the Scottish Highlands near Applecross, Wester Ross, Scotland. This road is a traditional cattle drovers' route from the Western Isles to the markets in the Central Belt. From Isle of Skye, the cattle would have been swum across to Applecross via Raasay as an alternative route to crossing near Kyle. Despite the road's importance to the community it serves, as much so as many of the B-roads in the Highlands, it was never classified, and this is probably due to the steepness and height of the pass. A single track road or one lane road is a road that permits two way travel but is not wide enough in most places to allow vehicles to pass one another, although sometimes two compact cars can pass. This kind of road is common in rural areas across the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The term is widely used in Scotland, particularly the Highlands, to describe such roads.

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