A885/A815/A83 Dunoon to Tarbet

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1 - One of the best, go and try it
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2 - Always worth a detour if you are in the area
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3 - Worth trying
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A885/A815/A83 Dunoon to Tarbet

Post by spokey » Tue 15 May, 2007 13:54

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How I found it: Found it by pure chance, I took the ferry from Gourock to Dunoon just for fun and then decided to drive back to Glasgow rather than take the ferry back.

Useful tips: The road is magnificent, unfortunately I don't have any pics that are truly representative but it's one of the best routes I've driven in Scotland (includes highlands and islands).

Good road surfaces, great scenery (very pretty lakes, the road is literally on the coastline, and then through a steep and deep valley) but beware the occasional imprezas (you can hear them from a mile away though)!

Where it is: Northwest of Glasgow.

Estimated distance: 41 miles

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Post by muppet » Tue 15 May, 2007 18:44

nice bit of road but I once went over it and had to take a major detour to get to Dunoon because of serious accident on the the road , Two fire engines and lots of police . other than that a fantastically scenic route though.

have not done it in a while....must try harder
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Post by spokey » Fri 25 May, 2007 20:47

Excellent bit of road. 8-)
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Post by erdnase » Sun 10 Jun, 2007 21:05

I love that road. Some lovely places to stop off at too.

That whole area is great. As soon as you're over the Erskine bridge and onto the Loch Lomond roads, the scenery and driving experience is indescribable.

Off topic, but I'm just back from Rock Ness up in Inverness. The drive was fantastic, with the weather good enough to have the top down. It makes all those winter months with the hood up seem like a distant memory :)

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Post by doclip » Tue 20 May, 2008 23:26

oh yes thats a real fine road -ive a holiday home in machrihanish -was there this weekend
I would just love to take the Z down there as i never got to do it in the 7 -i'm usually travelling down there with smbo and the 3 dogs

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drive from Dunoon

Post by weegeoff » Sat 21 Nov, 2009 18:05

I live 25 miles outside of Dunoon. You take the A885 out 4 mile down the road turn left on the B836 then right when you reach A886 then left onto the A8003 and head for Tighnabruaich. On that road there is one of the finest views in the whole of Scotland. If you want to do a full circuit, head for the Tarbert Ferry {not Tarbet}from Tarbert turn right and head for lochgilphead, Inveraray on the A83.Then head for Arrochar over The rest and be Thankfull.Once through Arrochar Watch Just befor Tarbet the Police wait in a bus stop for speeding drivers.
If you want a really challenging drive Follow the route from Dunoon But don,t turn left on the A8003 for Tighnabruaich take the next left the C11
for Otterferry [No ferry] Turn right and follow the loch untill you get to the A886 Happy driving

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drive from Dunoon

Post by weegeoff » Sat 21 Nov, 2009 18:09

I live 25 miles outside of Dunoon. You take the A885 out 4 mile down the road turn left on the B836 then right when you reach A886 then left onto the A8003 and head for Tighnabruaich. On that road there is one of the finest views in the whole of Scotland. If you want to do a full circuit, head for the Tarbert Ferry {not Tarbet}from Tarbert turn right and head for lochgilphead, Inveraray on the A83.Then head for Arrochar over The rest and be Thankfull.Once through Arrochar Watch Just befor Tarbet the Police wait in a bus stop for speeding drivers.
If you want a really challenging drive Follow the route from Dunoon But don,t turn left on the A8003 for Tighnabruaich take the next left the C11
for Otterferry [No ferry] Turn right and follow the loch untill you get to the A886 Happy driving

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Post by muppet » Sat 21 Nov, 2009 22:40

I was on the C11 last year.. the only C class road i have ever seen sign posted, it is a mad wee road which i travelled very slowly.. I have been over it though
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Post by weegeoff » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 12:18

I used to drive a 25 seater bus over it. :roll:

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Post by muppet » Sun 22 Nov, 2009 13:16

weegeoff wrote:I used to drive a 25 seater bus over it. :roll:

You are the bravest person in the world :zmurf: :zmurf:
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Post by muppet » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 10:57

Did Tarbet/Dunoon/Tarbet the other day, sunshine and top down on the way down , dark on the way back.. Nice meal at the Creggan Inn Strachur.

www.creggans-inn.co.uk/
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Post by weegeoff » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 13:55

If you go from Dunoon to Tighnabruiach and then on to Portavadie There is a brand new Marina. with a restaurant.
Check it out www.portavadiemarina.com
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Post by MalcZ4 » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 14:14

The Rest and be Thankful.
The old road is in the foreground with the new road up to the left.

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Post by muppet » Fri 12 Nov, 2010 17:37

Hello again Malc.. we stopped at the car park for a sandwich. will look at Portavadie the next time I am round there
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