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Invergarry to UIG on the Isle of Skye

A great road driven by Simon Wills in 2012, and covering some spectacular Scottish tarmac with superb scenery and several Lochs, as well as challenging single track roads.

Scotland's West Coast

98 miles

This great road was sent in by Simon Wills one of our Twitter followers, He drove it in January 2012 and it is described in Simon’s own words. The photos are of A87

As the road climbs up out of Invergarry up into the snow line, if your lucky enough to get clear skies, there are some tremendous views down the valley of Loch Garry. At the highest part there is a viewpoint to pull into, well worth stopping at (Looking back towards Invergarry). The road then starts dropping down and this is where things truly do get spectacular.

Downhill past Loch Loyne to the junction with the A887, left, and up again with Loch Cluanie on the left. There’s a Good Climb then The Downhill section after passing this Loch is called the Old Military Road for some reason,

Simon said that he couldn’t stop grinning all the way down to Invershiel at the top end of Loch Duich!! The whole road, scenery and views are spectacular, just some parts are more spectacular than others!

And so onto Skye, First impression, not good, 30mph through Broadford, But the road opens up nicely after that, again some good views and nice long sweeping roads, but a fair amount of traffic too.

The best part for Simon was once he’d passed Uig, and got on the single track road A885 at the very North of the island. He remembered a Picture taken from a spot on this very road of a silver Aston Martin V12 for Evo’s Ecoty 2009.

The road stays single carriageway for several miles until it reaches Staffin, after that it a ‘normal’ 2 lane road again. Silky smooth, long sweeping curves, majestic views, and hardly another car on it. The 12miles from Staffin to the bend before Loch Leathan is a superb run, and when you round the bend and can see the road sweeping up the side of the Lochs for about 3.5 miles you’ll think you’ve got to Petrolhead Heaven!

Simon picked up the A82 in Old Kilpatrick, after crossing the Erskine Bridge, Nothing really interesting at this point, but it does go all the way to Inverness, 160mls away. Following it up the side of Loch Lomond was pretty tight and there are some rough parts to it, and the 40miles to Crianlarich aren’t special, but after that things turn for the better. It’s 16 miles to the viewpoint past the Green Wellie Stop, worth a look.

This was when Simon’s Mrs finally stopped saying that she’d seen better scenery in the Lake District!!

The Run up to Kingshouse and down through Glencoe is fantastic, you can see for miles, and there’s plenty of room for passing. Watch out for Deer though! The Other part of the A82 that is truly stunning is the run from the junction with the A86 at Spean Bridge, alongside Loch Lochy, to Invergarry, where you turn onto the A87. Simon almost stopped to buy a log cabin beside this Loch on the way back………….

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