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NewsStunning video shows Scotland's famous North Coast 500 route covered in snow

Stunning video shows Scotland’s famous North Coast 500 route covered in snow

AN AMAZING video shows part of Scotland’s world famous North Coast 500 route covered in snow. 

Tourist John Holdroyd captured the spectacular scenes while travelling through Applecross, Wester Ross in the Highlands on Monday.

The 38-year-old, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was blown away by the picturesque winter wonderland on Scotland’s Route 66.


The clip shows John driving through along the winding, narrow road after a blanket of snow has covered the surrounding mountains.

As John’s father, John Holdroyd Snr navigates round the famed Bealach na Ba, meaning The Pass of the Cattle in Gaelic, the Scottish peninsula is shown in all its glory.

John can be heard telling his dad, who is driving, to stick to the right hand side of the road because of ice.

The film-maker posted the video, along with stunning images of his route, on to Facebook on Monday, writing: “Applecross today, gates were open and rangers said it was ok to travel.

“Then 50mph blizzards hit. Never been so bad with anxiety but we did it.”

Applecross path where John was driving
John was told that it was safe to drive Bealach na Ba before the blizzard arrived.                               Credit: John Holdroyd

The post has racked up almost 700 likes and over 150 comments from viewers praising the father and son’s bravery.

Sarah Louise said: “That looks absolutely stunning.

“Can’t wait to do it myself. Don’t think my anxiety would let me do it in the snow.

“You’re very brave. Hope you had a great time.”

Amy Hope said: “Wow. It looks absolutely stunning but well done. I don’t think I’d have been able to do that.”

Sharon Smith said: “Well done. Looks proper scary. A hot toddy celebration is in order.”

Diana Hummel said: “Oh no, I would have had a heart attack.”

Dawn Heppenstall said: “It looks very magical.”

Bald Rick said: “I bet the hairpin bends at the top were dodgy.” 

The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.

The route is visited by over 30,000 people a year and brings tourism from across the world.

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