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Stun­ning Scot­tish blast

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‘Surf the curves be­tween loch and glen, beck­oned on­ward by a flow­ing road’

An early start will make the most of this epic route, but be sure to down a full Scot­tish be­fore set­ting off – you’ll need it. Head north­west from Cri­an­larich on the A82, fuel up at The Green Welly Stop (see page 38), then en­joy the first of many grins as you chase a glo­ri­ous thread of tar­mac across open moor­land to ride the spec­tac­u­lar Glencoe pass. Push on to In­ver­garry, via the town of Fort Wil­liam and Spean Bridge.

Take the A87 from In­ver­garry and surf the curves be­tween loch and glen, beck­oned on­ward by a flow­ing road set against a truly breath­tak­ing back­drop. Fol­low the A896 for nine miles to Tor­na­press, where you’ll find the start of Scot­land’s third high­est road, the fa­mous Bealach na Bà. This twisted cor­nu­copia of steep gra­di­ents and tight turns snakes its way up and over the Ap­ple­cross penin­sula in true Alpine style and must be tack­led with cau­tion. The wind can gust with aban­don so take it easy – any run off is lit­tered with un­for­giv­ing rocks and boul­ders. Stop at the view­point for an oblig­a­tory selfie be­fore de­scend­ing to Ap­ple­cross and a well-de­served lunch at the Inn.

Once fed and wa­tered, fol­low the coast road north. This rugged and re­mote route, though nar­row and twisty, should not be too tax­ing and makes for some sen­sa­tional vis­tas. The A832 from Kin­lochewe via Gair­loch is noth­ing short of mo­tor­cy­cling nir­vana. At the end you’ll want to ride it again and on a long sum­mer’s day there’s all the time in the world.

Fill up on por­ridge and you’ll be good to ride all day

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