|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||23.8 miles (38.3 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C1091 is the 'new' road to Applecross, built to avoid the Bealach na Ba, which was often impassable in winter conditions, and connect up the scattered communities of the norther half of the peninsula, which was slowly depopulating. Many visitors to the area follow its lengthy, winding route in conjunction with crossing the old pass, although it should be warned that whilst the route is 'only' 24 miles long, it can take over an hour to drive, such is the nature of the road and the volume of traffic that can use it in the summer.
Despite this, the road is well worth the drive, with some fantastic views out to the north and west, first across Loch Torridon and then as the road turns the corner over Raasay to Skye. The destination, the pretty village of Applecross is also a very pleasant place to visit with some vast empty beaches and enjoyable walks. Along the road, there are also numerous places to stop a while, from ruinous villages to peaceful walks and abandoned beaches.
The new build section from Applecross to Arinacrinachd completed the Applecross northern coastal route connecting Applecross to Shieldig and was opened on 18 September 1976 by Princess Margaret. Parts may have opened earlier. Cost was £1.4 million. The Kyle of Lochalsh - Toscaig ferry ceased around the same time.