Alarm clock goes off at 8am (probably should be 7). Massive porridge - done. Everything is packed and surprisingly still fits in the pannier bags. How come it still takes me two hours before I’m on the road? I have no plans but to get over Bealach-Na-Ba pass (626 meters climb) and see what’s on the other side.

Day 7: Applecross - Balmacara

Distance 37 miles / Elevation 1410 meters

Leaving Applecross behind, I head upward..



Nice view. The road is still very much going up..


Surprisingly there’s more..

Guess what..

Now, as I approaching the top and getting all excited by the potential view, I notice that a massive cloud has just decided to engulf the pass, and now chasing after me..

Dinner with a view onto Isle of Skye

So as I get to the top, I can see that this cloud is determined to spoil my celebrations..






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The cloud eventually gives up and moves on. Hello view..

This is indeed one of the grandest roads I have cycled so far.




That was a lot of fun, though I did have to change the break-pads at the bottom of the hill!

I seem to have plenty of energy left and decide to see how close to Isle Skye I can get. So I keep on pedalling down the road towards Lochcarron.


Avalanche shelter on Loch Carron


Does anyone else appreciate these fantastic gooseberries? It’s my childhood in a punnet.

A great pitch at the Reraig Caravan Site (Balmacara)

Bealach-Na-Ba is conquered in 1hr 20min. Cake - I’ll have a piece of that.


I am determined to see the view. The wind is high and should promptly push the cloud on, so I strategically place myself behind a camper van (the very same one that passed me by earlier on) to stay a bit warmer. After couple of minutes, through the blasting noise of wind, I faintly hear someone’s voice. Could be in my head of course, but it happens to be the lady from the van, inviting me to take shelter in the comfort of her and her husband’s four wheeled home. They offer me tea, quiz me about my journey and in return tell me of their travels. The lady tells me that a few decades ago her dad has crossed Bealach-Na-Ba on his old pushbike, before the road was surfaced with tarmac.

Lady’s dad 1 - Sergey 0.

I watch the sunset with a comforting view of the Skye Bridge in the background, knowing that all I have to do is cross it tomorrow morning which will deliver me to the next part of my journey.

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Believe me, - here my bike stands on one of the most breathtaking view points a UK cyclist can experience.. on a clear day.


Hmmmm.. : )