Cycling remote Bealach Feith Nan Laogh, Scotland
Ride 2.9 miles gaining 1,052’ at 6.9% average grade.
Bealach Feith Nan Laogh is situated between the lakes and rivers near the western coastline of Scotland. Our start point is on a residential road that immediately begins climbing up at a tough gradient. Within a mile of climbing, you’ll leave the homes behind and the views go from stunning to absolutely jaw-dropping. Facing you as you climb are the jagged and seemingly endless mountains that populate the area. To your back, as you climb, the small villages of Drmnatorran and Strontian are visible nestled between the region's waterways and vibrant vegetation. The road is narrow, but minimally trafficked. I was only passed by one car on the day that I rode this amazing mountain.
Ranked Scotland’s tenth hardest bike climb (Scotland Top 10 Bike Climbs).
Climb beginning at the northern edge of small Drumnatorran just north of slightly larger Strontian.
The climb begins at the eastern edge of Loch Sunart, the longest sea loch in the Scottish Highlands (at 19 miles).
Homer Simpson showed up on a bike on a couple stickers on this climb.
Some colorful summer flowers amongst the rugged hills of the Scottish Highlands.
Two lakes to your left at mile 2.4.
This is the steepest quarter-mile at 14.7%
Finish 100 yards past the 25% grade sign.
TAKING THE FERRY
I couldn’t find any information on the ferry crossing to get to the Bealach Feith Nan Laogh climb before driving there on a foggy July morning. GoogleMaps and I have a good working relationship, so I drove to the ferry terminal without much worry. There were only a few other cars parked in the small parking lot near the boat launch area when I got there. I asked an old local how often the ferry leaves, as it was not in port or in sight from my side of the crossing, and the old-timer answered me by pointing across the waterway at a small boat that was evidently my ferry: “Bout every 25 minutes, it’s coming back across now,” he added. The ferry was packed when it reached our side, but only a few cars joined me for the western crossing. There’s hardly time to get out of your car on the short ferry ride across. Halfway through, a worker approached and I paid about 10 pounds for the crossing. Within 10 minutes of boarding the ferry, I was driving off onto the sublime roads of rural Scotland.
That’s a wrap!