Heading over Bealach na Bà

Tomorrow I’m meeting my friend, Freddie and his mate, Lance off the train at Inverness station and driving over to Kishorn and over the Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross. The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb at 2053ft (626m) from sea level in just 6 miles (10k). Neil and I are just going for a weekend jaunt, but Freddie and Lance are backpacking coast to coast and heading back to the sea at the Beauly Firth. Others are going with Freddie, but he and his mate are doing a high route, while the others are doing a lower route.

Ben Bhan from Kishorn

As I’m packing walking and camping gear for the weekend, I realise that it is about ten years since I last visited Kishorn and Applecross The photo above is from one of several trips I made in 2002-2004. This is the Seafield Centre – Inverness College UHI’s former Aquaculture Centre at Kishorn. I spent several days here doing fieldwork when studying fresh water, marine and mountain habitats during the first and second years of my Environmental Science degree. It was a brilliant place for a field study centre – even if it was freezing cold in the makeshift laboratory (an old boathouse!)

The weather forecast is looking not too bad for the next few days, so hope to get some more recent photos when out and about.

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7 comments on “Heading over Bealach na Bà

  1. Good shots Sheila and goodness going over the BnaB in a car, last time I was there we ran out of daylight on one of the classic rock-climbs, couldn’t find our way down and had to walk down the entire bealach… See you i’ the mornin…

  2. I went to college their between 1992 and 1993, happy happy days indeed, we helped re roof that boathouse!, is it a private house now then?

    • I don’t know if it’s a private house now, James. The boathouse was perfectly dry with your new roof, but it was a gie cold place for a lab! I remember the wind blowing under the door! We were in there using the microscopes, etc, dressed in all our outdoor gear, including full waterproofs, just to keep warm.

      But it was a great spot. We were a small class of Environmental Science students (~10) with mainly mature students. In the evening we’d sit around in the living room with the staff and one of our fellow students would play his banjo. Great craic.

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