Just take it easy and enjoy
Lots of nice straights with a few nice corners thrown in. A nice high speed run, not much in the way of police presence normally, but be aware that there may be the occassional speed trap
Great Route, Plenty Of Spectaculer Scenery, Loads Of Long Fast Sweeping Bends, Although This Is An A Road Route, At Places It Turns Into Single Track Road With Passing Places, Watch Out For the Locals Travelling To And From Work, They Think They Are On A Race Track, Outside Of These Times It Is Really A Free Route Passing The Odd Car SHere & There, Be Extra Carefull With The Odd Lamb On Roadside. Take A Stop At Scourie For Coffee At Â£1.50, Overlooking A lovely Bay, Carry On To Durness, Great Views, Next Stop, Tongue a Little Village With A Hotel That Serves Food & Drink, However 50 yds Down The lane There Is A Post Office That Has A Nice Little Tea Room And Does Sandwiches, Far Cheaper Than The Hotel. Next Its North To The little village Of Lairg On The Banks Of Its Own Loch, Worth A Stop To View Sights, Then Back to Ullapool To a Variety Of Pubs, Restauraunts And Take Aways, Stroll Along The Harbour with Fish & Chips, Or Even A Ruby Murray (Curry). We Stayed 5 Nights In Ullapool And Found A Different Route Everyday, Another I Would Strongly Recommend Is A Visit T0 The Isle Of Skye (BY ROAD, NOT FERRY) The Route There Is Outstanding, Believe Me.
The rest of this road has already been reviewed. For me this is the best bit possibly because mid-afternoon on a sunny Saturday there was only me.This has to be part of any trip to the highlands.
Fed up of taking the M8 (hateful road) between Edinburgh and Glasgow? Try this instead. Carluke to Glasgow is orrible, but the section between Balerno and Carluke makes up for it. Some nice bends as you come out of Balerno, but speed limit stays at 40.
BEWARE: the initial road surface out of Balerno is like a farm track, it is VERY bumpy. It is straight however, so unless youre on a 750 kawasaki you should be ok.
It is mostly straight with one or two corners, but this is not a place for lining up corner after corner.
Where this road scores highly though is the traffic, or rather the lack of it. I once saw a milk lorry on this road. And I once saw a car. One time I saw a gsxr 750. Thats about it. This road is empty.
The scenery isnt bad, mostly open country, so visibility is great, it has the occassional forestry commission forest.
Once you get to Carluke though the fun is over. Traffic becomes heavy, speed limit is mostly 50 to Glasgow, scenery is dreadful, and youll have to use a section of the M8 (spit) if you dont want the journey to take 2 hours.
Fantastic ride into the Highlands that really shows the best side of biking in Scotland. A great selection of corners, brilliant landscape and some wonderful nature. There can be some animals near the road, but visibility is mostly very open, so they pose little threat. There was no Police presence at all when I was last there, but this may have changed as I saw this road mentioned in a major UK motorbike magazine article recently.
This is one to look forward too after the boring A9. Leave the A9 at Dalwhinnie go through the village and start with the bend that goes completely around the distillery. After this you get a series of fast staights with double bends at the end to take you to the A86 towards Fort William. The road climbs for miles, twisting and turning to Loch Laggan. A fast run alongside the loch, then a final twisting rush down to Roybridge. Be warned, the local police respect skilfull riding, but not speeding through villages. Speed trap regular in the 30 limit at Roybridge. Roybridge Hotel OK, but current owners selling up.