Definition of bealach in English:



  • A narrow mountain pass.

    • ‘Climb the peak then descend SW to the bealach and follow the remains of an ancient wall and fence along the crest of the ridge, up increasingly rocky ground to the summit.’
    • ‘Follow the road down to the junction of the Stockinish road, turn right up the sign-posted track and follow it through the bealach to the A859 near Seilebost.’
    • ‘From the lochan that seems to fill the narrow bealach, a path climbs up over grassy slopes to a small lochan on the north-west ridge of the day's second peak, Sgorr Ruadh.’
    • ‘Descent from the Sgurr can be made easily by re-tracing your steps back to the bealach and scrambling down the left-hand of the twin gullies on the south side of the mountain.’
    • ‘Don't cross the bealach but, just short of its summit, climb the broken ground to the left to reach the prominent ridge which forms the rim of the impressive Garbh Coire.’
    • ‘Return to the bealach and descend by the approach route.’
    • ‘Back at the stony bealach a choice of route awaits you.’
    • ‘Ascend this ridge on to a broad tableland, cross the bealach at the head of Fuar-tholl Mor and cross a broad and featureless plateau in a NE direction to the large cairn on the summit of Maoile Lunndaidh.’
    • ‘From the bealach below Meall Buidhe, leave the main path and head roughly S on another path leaving it eventually as it curves into Coire an Iubhair.’
    • ‘If time permits it's well worthwhile retracing your steps to the bealach above The Window and return home via the long undulating ridge between the Munro summits of Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath.’
    • ‘From the Lairig Eilde a wet and muddy footpath climbs up grassy slopes to an obvious notch on the skyline, the broad bealach that lies just below the newer of the Munros, Stob Coire Raineach.’
    • ‘This pass is so typical of many high bealachs in the highlands - steep-sided, wild and resonant with all the imagery that its spirit of place evokes.’
    • ‘Follow the ridge round on to Sron a Choire Ghairbh then traverse a narrower ridge before descending to a wide bealach below Sean Mheall.’
    • ‘Eventually we discovered our mistake and a short, stiff climb led to a rocky bealach that looked steeply down towards the Strathyre road far below.’
    • ‘Descend in a SE direction from the bealach and drop down heather-covered slopes to Allt-na-giubhsaich and the track back to the Spittal of Glenmuick.’
    • ‘Drop down to a bealach as the ridge bends slightly south.’
    • ‘Carry on up the ridge to the summit, then descend south-east to reach a steep little spur dropping almost due east to a bealach under Beinn Uidhe.’
    • ‘Follow the right-hand bank of this burn to reach the bealach between Beinn Fhada and A’ Chioch.’
    • ‘From where, a long and steep descent leads down to the Bealach Arnasdail, and then down again to the loch-side village from which the bealach takes its name.’
    • ‘I remember following an old fence which crossed the subsidiary top of Stuc Odhair and down to the bealach which gives birth to the Milton Glen burn.’
    route, way, road, narrow road, passage, cut, gap, gorge, canyon, ravine, gully, defile, col, couloir
    View synonyms


Late 18th century: Gaelic, from Middle Irish belach ‘a pass, road’.