What's near the Bealach?
The "Bealach" of course, is not an actual village - it's a road. But the journey will live with you forever, as the single track road winds its way up to nearly 2500ft via a tortuous set of hairpin bends that resembles some of the tighter Alpine passes!
So, what IS near the Bealach? Basically, the road connects Lochcarron - Kishorn - Applecross - and Shieldaig......along with a host of small settlements along the coast road.
Starting off from Lochcarron, there's a short drive to Kishorn (complete with the award winning Kishorn Seafood bar). There's also a small shop just opposite the Seafood bar. Further on again, there is a turn off to the left towards Applecross OR you have the option of going straight ahead direct to Shieldaig. But please - turn left - you won't regret the experience! It is only 16 miles or so to Applecross, but this entrancing village offers excellent food (The Flower Tunnel or the Applecross Inn), simply amazing views across the Minch to the mountainous "Cuillin" range on Skye, and a great little Heritage Centre at the start of the coast road round to Shieldaig.
All the way back up the coast to Shieldaig, there are brilliant views out to the islands of Skye, Raasay, and Rona - until eventually, you come up over Loch Torridon to arrive at Shieldaig.