The drive of your life on the A83 and A816
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.