The drive of your life on the A83 and A816

The Oban Times - - MOTORS - BY MARK DAVEY

ROUTE 66 has a Scot­tish ri­val, the road from Oban to Camp­bel­town de­scribed as ‘stun­ning’.

So says Mike Sayer, a prod­uct man­ager for lux­ury sports car man­u­fac­turer Bent­ley, who is based at its Crewe head­quar­ters.

Mr Sayer has placed the drive, start­ing on the A816 and con­tin­u­ing along the A83 down the south-west coast onto Kin­tyre, third in his top five drives in the world.

These drives are com­pleted to test prospec­tive routes be­fore let­ting the world’s mo­tor­ing me­dia loose in cars such as the 190mph Mul­sanne Speed.

Mr Sayer said: ‘The Oban to Camp­bel­town route is one of the very best in Europe.

‘The route is along the coast so you’ve got Scot­tish High­lands on one side, the At­lantic Ocean on the other, and this beau­ti­ful open road you can see for two miles ahead of you at all times.

‘It’s stun­ning. If you’re there on a sunny day, it’s even bet­ter.

‘Scot­land is one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the world when the weather is good.’

Num­ber one in his list is a drive on High­way 74 start­ing in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, fol­lowed by sec­ond placed route, San Fran­cisco to Phoenix, in­clud­ing part of Route 66.

His Ar­gyll and Bute pick beats the Jebel Hafeet moun­tain road, which is in the United Arab Emi­rates into fourth.

Fifth is a trek, well known in car in­dus­try cir­cles, on the road from sea level at Mar­bella in Spain to the higher al­ti­tude town of Ronda.

De­scrib­ing that trip, Mr Sayer says: ‘As you climb and move far­ther in­land, the veg­e­ta­tion changes and you’ve got great vis­i­bil­ity with re­ally smooth, good- qual­ity road sur­faces.

‘Ev­ery sin­gle cor­ner is dif­fer­ent: you’ve got these long, lovely sweep­ing cor­ners and tighter ones.

‘It’s a road that al­lows you to en­joy the bal­ance of a car. It’s pretty un­beat­able.’

Ex­cept by Ar­gyll’s fi nest.

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