November 15, 2010 - 5.0
This route can be looked at in two parts, both of which can be very fast. From Loch Alsh to New Kelso is by far the better part. One climbs north from the Loch and over the top of the mountain on a road full of open fast sweepers reminecent of the Oberalp Pass climbing out of Andermatt, Switzerland. After that there a tighter, twisty sequence of leading down to Loch Carron where the road turns to a short wide-ish single track as it hugs the Loch, then back into two lanes. The road is so open (even the single track) that begs one to ignore losing their license.
New Kelso to Achnasheen can be one triple digit high speed blast but that would mean missing the scenery (as would the earlier part).
The best of both is, like so many of Scotlands roads, is to ride the road twice = once for the scenery and once for the road.