Is the road suitable for motor homes/caravans?
The route is suitable and many complete the route each year in a motor home.
There are, like most places, things you should make yourself aware of, especially if you are not a very competent driver on single track roads.
The ‘Bealach Na Ba’ stretch, however, is not suitable for large motorhomes, caravans and inexperienced drivers due to its sharp bends and steep gradients so we would advise taking the slip road up at the A896 instead.
We would also recommend avoiding the B869 from Lochinver to Kylesku as this can be a tricky route to follow for large vehicles. If you should, take the A837 back from Lochinver on the main road.
If your motorhome is more than a standard VW T5 conversion (ie about 16 – 18 ft in length), please take the alternative routes available.
It only takes ONE person who is not used to driving a large vehicle to block the road completely making things very difficult for those that use the road for work, and more importantly for emergency vehicles.
The Bealach Na Ba road to Applecross was been blocked several times because of this.
Locals and driving authorities say: If you cannot accurately reverse your vehicle several hundred yards on a narrow single track – you cannot safely drive over a road such as this.
The Bottom line as it should always be, Plan and ensure you are capable of driving the route you choose.