Highlands & Islands

Electric Braes: Car tour to tackle UK's highest roads

MV Glenachulish Image copyright Skye Ferry
Image caption The electric car tour will go to Skye on the MV Glenachulish ferry

A Livingston-based technology company is to attempt to drive an electric car over some of the highest roads in the UK.

Route Monkey's Electric Vehicle Tour of the Highlands will tackle the Bealach-na-Ba in Applecross.

The unclassified road rises to about 626m (2,053ft) over about four miles (8km).

It will also attempt the Bealach Ratagan, or Mam Ratagan Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the UK.

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Image caption Bealach na Ba in Applecross

The twisting single track road climbs to more than 1,000ft from Shiel Bridge to Glenelg.

From Glenelg, the BMWi3 is to be put on the 45-year-old MV Glenachulish ferry to Skye and then driven up the steep hill road out of Kylerhea.

Starting in Inverness on Saturday, the tour is also to pass through Tain and Bonar Bridge.

The company said it hoped the venture would raise awareness about the benefits of, and challenges to, electric vehicles in remote and rural areas.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and a Highlands MP, will launch the tour.

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Image caption A viewpoint on the Mam Ratagan Pass

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