Argyll’s retirement-friendly Route 66
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.