Coire nan Cuileag

A view north-east across the Coire nan Cuileag from near the top of the notorious Bealach na Bà, a 626m high mountain pass. It is reputed to be the steepest road in the UK but I think that accolade is actually on the eastern ascent. I cycled up from the west, still the same height from sea level, in 8.6km. The road was built in the early 19th-century following a long-established cattle old drovers’ route. Indeed the name Bealach na Bà means “the pass of the cattle”. The far hill in the photo is Beinn Bhàn, “the white hill” on account of its structure of mucky white quartzites.
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