January 12, 2011 - 5.0
This road is a must for anyone visiting Scotland ... not for the road (which is pleasant enough) but for the scenery it affords. Glencoe is world class stunning scenery. There are some nice bends - in particular the bend before you climb up to the layby/rest area with he piper and tea van on the hill. This bend is a long sweeper that goes on ...and on. Be aware that the police have a camera van that is often parked in one of the laybys along this road. Sometimes it is just past Bridge of Orchy...others it is on Rannoch Moor (in the middle of nowhere)... last year it was just near Glencoe - It caught two of our group who both got speeding tickets in the post. Both bikers saw the van with plenty of time and slowed for it, what they didn appreciate was how far the range on that laser / camera is. Both speeded back up after passing the van and got caught over 100 yards down the road. This road has long straights with good visibility so is perfect for such vans. Be warned. (Speeding car drivers with front facing number plates have no chance - they will be caught on camera before they are close enough to see it is a camera van!) On a bike, with no front number plate, you will be fine as long as you slow when you see the van ....and remember not speed up till you are a good half a mile down the road.
If you are looking for a nice place to stop for a drink or a meal The Clachaig Inn (popular with hill walkers) is set in a stunning location just a mile or so off the main A82 at Glencoe. You access it via a narrow single lane track. For directions Google Clachaig Inn to find their site which has directions and a map. After having lunch you can then go on to do the wonderful Kinlochleven Loop (B863)- featured in another route review on here. This whole area is littered with awesome roads.