‘Sweep­ing bends on smooth tar­mac, lit­tle traf­fic and stun­ning scenery’

Nom­i­nated by Gra­ham Al­lan

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding -

“The best road in the coun­try is with­out a doubt the A87. Per­son­ally, I think head­ing west is the bet­ter direction - full of sweep­ing bends on smooth tar­mac, with lit­tle traf­fic and stun­ning scenery. Don’t for­get the iconic photo op­por­tu­nity at the end!” Length 99 miles Love it be­cause A snaking rib­bon of tar­mac that makes its way through North­ern Scot­land, it’s a chal­leng­ing route that heads through towns, past lochs and along stretches of coast­line, be­fore fin­ish­ing in the tiny town of Id­rigil. These are fan­tas­tic roads, with the views to match. Take a pic­ture at Eilean Do­nan Cas­tle, near Dornie, is a lovely pic­ture op­por­tu­nity and a great place to stop off. Stop for a cuppa at The Clu­anie Inn is a great place to recharge and is sur­rounded by some breath­tak­ing moun­tain­ous land­scapes. Watch out for These roads are quite sparsely pop­u­lated and it is not un­com­mon to com­plete the route with­out see­ing a sin­gle ve­hi­cle. With this in mind, the chance of an­other road user find­ing you after an ac­ci­dent are lim­ited - so take it easy. Best bike for the job This is a lengthy jour­ney, meaning com­fort is es­sen­tial. How­ever, the twisty na­ture of the roads would also sug­gest you need some­thing ca­pa­ble. A sports tourer would be per­fect.

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