My favourite road in Scotland is…

30th December 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Actually, I’m not sure I can choose one. There are so many great roads in Scotland.

Obviously, the A87 from Invergarry to Uig on Skye is a contender. It gallops through the glens, loops around the lochs, motors past the moors and mountains and castles and generally packs a massive punch in the epic-scenery stakes. But there are so many other brilliant roads.

Take the A708 in the Borders, between Moffat and Selkirk. The scenery is just as giant-sized, the twists and turns and lumps and jumps are just as demanding and rewarding to ride.

Or there’s the A939 over the Lecht, on the eastern shoulder of the Cairngorms. The road goes up and down like the Assyrian Empire (as a wise man once said), with massive views and brilliant bends.

And of course there’s the Beleach Na Ba, the Pass of the Cattle leading to Applecross: narrow and rough and difficult and utterly, sublimely, spectacularly brilliant. With some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever eat waiting for you at the end of the road.

What about the A83? It’s a stunner, running down along the banks of beautiful Loch Fynne, all the way to Campbeltown and the Mull of Kintyre. Sorry if you’ve got that song stuck in your head now, but the road is just brilliant.

But perhaps the best is the A838 from Durness to Tongue. For a boy from Wessex like me, it’s like riding on another planet – so wild and beautiful, the blue sea lapping at sandy beaches, giant boulders planted among the heather on the roadside and mountains rising inland as the deserted road twists left and right, rising and falling for mile after unspoiled mile.

But then there are places I haven’t explored so much – out towards Aberdeen, between Berwick and Edinburgh, or over towards Stranraer. If I’m going to be spending more time in Scotland, I definitely need to get to grips with these other corners of the country. I think I might be spending a lot of time looking at the routes on Motorcycle Scotland as well as here on MotoGoLoco.



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