I´m with Kamchat and Yeti on this one... this is a 5 star job..... in good weather I do this at least twice a week.. From the Green Wellie nip onto the A85 head toward Dalmally.......be CAREFUL on the straights leading up to the first set bends, you will be really tempted to wind it up, if you do keep your eyes peeled, them BADDIES are a regular feature with their speed guns or static cameras.. scan the laybyes and a little farm road called \"Arrivain\" on the right hand side just before the little stone cottage at the start of the bends they hide up this track waiting for bikes to come flying past coming off of the bends or on the approach heading North.
It´s a road with an unenviable caualty toll so take it easy if you´ve never ridden it.
Just after Awe village is the reason you bought a motorbike, right up Loch Awe side and the Pass of Brander is for me superbike heaven, really fast bends, mind you will have sightseers in the carparks as you blast past, caution again, but they WILL hear you coming if your riding hard.
Then on to the Wee Green Shack seafood hut in OBAN... perfect....oh and you get to do it all over again on the way back...imagine that!
I stayed in Tindrum 1st week of july this year (2011). The holiday traffic hadn't built up as it was before the summer holidays so very little traffic. Very entertaining road to ride!
Love this road - sportsbike heaven - the section from Tyndrum to Dalmally has bend after well-surfaced bend flowing in to each other. At the other end nearer Oban are some huge sweepers that go on and on. In the middle are spectacular Loch Awe views.
I agree with Yeti - a great alternative. I make it a bit longer by coming round from Inverary to Lochawe on the A819 then pick up the A85. That section up the Pass of Brander is truly awesome on a good day, i.e. without the traffic. Plenty of big bends thyat you can do at a great rate of knots, with no real shockers to catch you out. Plus, as described, it links to other roads round here which, lets face it, are non too shabby.
A better route to get to Ballachulish than going over Rannoch Moor, especialy in summer when you always come upon the tourista where the double whites (ie. the best bends) start. Also the run from Oban to Lochgilphead can be added, which is even better.
Did this route twice this year and it always pleases. The road winds down all the way to the sea. Some real long bends towards Connel, that beg you to 'wind it on & hold it down'. The twisty mountain section has some great corners with passing opportunities to get round the tourists.
A selection of really good corners in some great scenario. Some of the route runs alongside an old Steam Railway line which is still in use and check out the bridge over Loch Creran. Recommended.