Highlands & Islands

Ullapool man to walk Applecross highest road backwards

Bealach-na-Ba road
Image caption The Bealach-na-Ba is said to be Scotland's highest mountain road

A 62-year-old man is to walk backwards over one of Scotland's highest roads to raise money for the hospice that cared for his late wife.

John Urquhart, from Ullapool, will tackle the Bealach-na-Ba in Applecross which rises to about 626m (2,053ft) over about four miles (8km).

His wife Rene was cared for at the Highland Hospice in Inverness.

According to Applecross Community Council, the twisting single track is the highest road in Scotland.

Mr Urquhart's friend Bernie Fish completed the backwards walk 20 years ago.

He said: "I've had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now, and decided to go for it.

"I've been practicing walking backwards up hills and forestry roads in Ullapool as part of my training, and I'm confident I'll be fit for the challenge in June."

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