Ar­gyll’s retirement-friendly Route 66

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

IN­SUR­ANCE com­pany LV= has named the route from Lochgilp­head to the Glen­coe moun­tains as the UK’s most retirement-friendly road.

Voted for by driv­ers who are re­tired, the 66mile jour­ney – which takes in stretches of the A816 and the A828 – has now been trans­formed into the UK’s very own Route 66.

LV= launched the ini­tia­tive af­ter learn­ing of con­fi­dence is­sues af­fect­ing older driv­ers. In re­search con­ducted among mo­torists aged 65 and over, fig­ures revealed that three quar­ters cur­tail the amount of driv­ing they do once they hit retirement, with more than a fifth go­ing as far as call­ing them­selves a ‘ner­vous’ driver. The re­spon­dents cited is­sues such as over­crowded roads, health-re­lated con­cerns and the wors­en­ing of their eye­sight as the main rea­sons they felt less con­fi­dent about driv­ing. The newly-branded Route 66 is de­signed to pro­vide a welcome an­ti­dote to mo­torists seek­ing a more re­lax­ing ride.

The scenic drive, which starts in Lochgilp­head and ends at Bal­lachul­ish, fea­tures dra­matic scenery, his­toric cas­tles and a host of other tourist at­trac­tions.

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