TG's lap of Scotland
Tom Ford finds out if Scotland has any decent driving roads...
Posted: 21 Mar 2014
DUE SOUTH - BACK TO NORMALITY. ALMOST
Next morning, it's the A82, A828 and A85 to Oban, and, at last, the view starts to calm down. Still incredible, but less hysterically attention-grabbing. The roads below Oban, around Loch Melfort and towards Lochgilphead are great fun, but busier than we've been used to these past couple of days, filled with some committed bikers, and less highland than the Highlands. Back up to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park and some classic scenery, busier again, then Balloch and Greenock. Greenock feels a lonely, industrial place, and we run through an inner-city-style estate, groping blindly for a road we found on a map that cuts across the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park towards Largs. We drive out of the estate up what looks like a dead end, and within four hundred yards are back out on the moorland, slightly startled. Seems like surprise is commonplace on this trip. But these one-track roads really are too claustrophobic in the 640d, so we head down towards Girvan and then Barrhill, and cut across the Galloway Forest Park and run the old Queen's Way to Castle Douglas. And it feels like the show is coming to a close - the view becomes more familiar to me, more English.