This road is a must for anyone visiting Scotland ... not for the road (which is pleasant enough) but for the scenery it affords. Glencoe is world class stunning scenery. There are some nice bends - in particular the bend before you climb up to the layby/rest area with he piper and tea van on the hill. This bend is a long sweeper that goes on ...and on. Be aware that the police have a camera van that is often parked in one of the laybys along this road. Sometimes it is just past Bridge of Orchy...others it is on Rannoch Moor (in the middle of nowhere)... last year it was just near Glencoe - It caught two of our group who both got speeding tickets in the post. Both bikers saw the van with plenty of time and slowed for it, what they didn appreciate was how far the range on that laser / camera is. Both speeded back up after passing the van and got caught over 100 yards down the road. This road has long straights with good visibility so is perfect for such vans. Be warned. (Speeding car drivers with front facing number plates have no chance - they will be caught on camera before they are close enough to see it is a camera van!) On a bike, with no front number plate, you will be fine as long as you slow when you see the van ....and remember not speed up till you are a good half a mile down the road.
If you are looking for a nice place to stop for a drink or a meal The Clachaig Inn (popular with hill walkers) is set in a stunning location just a mile or so off the main A82 at Glencoe. You access it via a narrow single lane track. For directions Google Clachaig Inn to find their site which has directions and a map. After having lunch you can then go on to do the wonderful Kinlochleven Loop (B863)- featured in another route review on here. This whole area is littered with awesome roads.
Live in Callander just down the road so do this route a fair bit. Am doing a bike tour around Scotland starting on Sunday 13th April 2008 from Ancaster road Callander with a fellow biker. Heading up to skye then harris and lewis. Back down to ullapool then applecross, Glencoe and the drovers inn loch lomond to finish. Anyone wanting to join up you can email me for details ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Should be good
Ride this several times a year and never tire of the scenery. Just had first ride of 2008 and there are still some ongoing roadworks in sections, but not much.Surface has broken up a bit from the winter weather, so expect roadworks to continue for a bit yet. Keep an eye out for awestruck motorists weaving and slowing down as they gawp at the scenery, and if you ride like a moron you will be caught by plod. They dont seem to mind groups of bikes making fast, safe progress, but nutters will be reeled in at the next town, see this happen every year.A great mix of long straights and sweeping bends. Go enjoy.
Have done this both ways, passed a police officer in Glen Coe, was early in season and didn't seem interested in a group of bikers. There have been road works just as you come down the mountain side heading north but that probably due to weather breaking up the surface over winter, can get busy in the tourist/caravan season but another class road
January 14, 2005 - 4.0
agree with mhall's review, I haven't managed to follow this route all the way through to Glen Coe, but aim to do it as soon as I can
Scenery is picture postcard and the best aspect of the route for me, although there are a few straights and a number of nice corners. Road condition is generally pretty good but this can be a busy road, including caravans, being directly on the path to Fort William and other northern delights. I've only seen a minimal police presence myself but have been warned that there are unmarked cars on regular patrol.