Bealach na Ba from Russel Burn

Russel Burn, Bealach na Ba in black and white

Russel Burn, Bealach na Ba

The prominent mountain is Sgurr a Chaorachain roughly translates from the Gaelic as  Peak of the place of Rowan Berries.  These photos were taken on a wild day, from the bridge over Russel Burn, which sits at the bottom of the pass known as Bealach na Ba – pass of the cattle.

The pass is spectacular, steep switchbacks flanked by cruel wild Torridian cliffs.  The views from the top are across the Applecross peninsula to Skye.  It rises from sea level to 626m in a fairly short distance, and can easily scare the more nervous drivers.

The shot taken by the river is one of around 20, of which 19 were spoilt due to splashes of water on the lens.  Standing downwind of a rushing stream on a windy day is not an ideal location, it was worth it though.

Russel Burn, Bealach na Ba
Russel Burn, Bealach na Ba
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10 thoughts on “Bealach na Ba from Russel Burn

  1. The figure on the bridge gives it scale – thanks

  2. Cheers Andy, its my wife doing a bit of part time (unpaid) modelling in the picture there for me, getting the dog out of the car in a brief respite between showers!

  3. great black and white composition!

  4. Thanks frizztext, glad you like.

  5. You did a good job of conveying the beautiful bleakness of this landscape.

    Steve Schwartzman

  6. Every year I suggest we go camping at Applecross, and every year we fail. I’m determined to make it next summer now. Bealach na Ba looks stunning. Thanks for making me more determined 🙂

    • You’ve got to do it Mike, highly recommended. The run up Bealach na Ba is spectacular, Applecross is a lovely spot. If you do get up that way, take a drive north through Torridon, now that really is something!

  7. so many strong lines in this composition – I often come back to enjoy this!

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