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Bealach na Bà remains closed to vehicles due to snow in Wester Ross; road closure sparking lengthy detours for locals and North Coast 500 motorists


By Philip Murray

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Bealach na Bà, which was closed due to heavy snow on Wednesday morning (file image).
Bealach na Bà, which was closed due to heavy snow on Wednesday morning (file image).

MOTORISTS in a Wester Ross community were facing lengthy detours again today as the snow-bound closure of a key route continued into its third day.

The Bealach na Bà on the Applecross peninsula was blocked by heavy snowfalls when winter finally struck on Monday.

Heavy snows had also caused the temporary closure of the A87 Invergarry to Skye trunk road near Shiel Bridge - although this reopened later the same day.

However, the high altitude Bealach na Ba road, which connects the village at Applecross to Lochcarron and is part of the North Coast 500, was particularly badly affected.

And on Wednesday morning Highland Council confirmed it remained closed but stressed that contractors were “working hard this morning to try and get it re-opened".

The closure means a journey between the village at Applecross and Tornapress, which is normally just 11.2 miles, will instead run to more than 31 miles via the coast road and add almost 40 minutes to the journey one way.

Back in 2018, the high-level route was particularly badly hit by heavy snows, with deep drifts leaving towering walls of snow lining parts of the roadside once it was finally cleared.

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