3ma 2008 Driving Routes
Following the recce weekend of 26/27 April, some of the driving routes
for the 3ma have been changed so the latest itinerary and driving is
now like this:
Friday 16th May: The 3ma08 will start at 10:00am at the
Gretna Green Services on the M74 (between Junctions 21 and 22).
We'll depart at 11:00am, by which time the European convoy would
have reached us, and head to Ayr via Dumfries to pick up the Irish
We'll have a long and leisurely lunch in Ayr (most likely at
the local Brewers Fayre pub restaurant) and wait for the Irish
convoy to arrive from Stranraer.
Once joined with the Irish convoy, we'll head north and cross the
river Clyde by the
Erskine Bridge which is the most downstream of all the Clyde
bridges, and is the last point at which the estuary can be crossed
by road. The bridge diverts traffic away from Glasgow and while it
used to be a toll bridge, the tolls were abolished last year to
reduce congestion. Once we cross the river Clyde, we'll pick up the
A82 and then onto the A83 heading to Inveraray across the watershed
between Loch Lomond and Loch Long to Arrochar near the head of Loch
Long. We'll then go round the head of the loch, down the western
shore for a short distance, before going westwards, up Glen Coe into
the section of road known as the Rest and be Thankful, which is the
hillclimb pass through the Arrochar Alps from the shore of Loch Long
to that of Loch Fyne. The driving distance from our 3ma start point
to our hotel in Inverary is approximately 180miles (290Km) and we
expect to arrive at our hotel by 6:00pm.
Saturday 17th May: This is going to be our longest drive at
just over 200miles (330Km). We'll leave Inveraray early in the
morning (9:00am) heading north for the highlands on the A82 towards
Fort William. We'll stop on the way for several "Kodak moments" and
Fort Augustus in time for lunch.
Fort Augustus is a small village on the Southern shore of Loch
Ness where we'll spend some time to relax. You may take a boat trip
and go monster hunting in Loch Ness if you like or simply have lunch
in one of the many places available.
We'll leave Fort Augustus heading back South on the same A82 route
but just after Ballachullish we'll turn off the A82 and take the
Argyll Coastal route on the A828 heading inland on the A85 at Connel.
We expect to be back at the Loch Fyne hotel by 6:00pm
Sunday 18th May: This is the day of our static show and for
that we'll head east to Falkirk where we've arranged with the
management of Falkirk Wheel to hold our display show in their
grounds. Total driving for Sunday will be approximately 150miles
We need to be at the Falkirk Wheel holding carpark by 11:30am and
we'll then be escorted in convoy to the Wheel's Special Display
Quadrant where the cars will be on display until 4:00pm.
We'll get discounted entry to the boat rides and we've even been
promised a tour of the wheelhouse!
Monday 19th May: We'll head east again this time to Stirling
Castle taking in some spectacular drives as well as picturesque
drives through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Total driving
distance on Monday will be approximately 155miles (250Km).
If you are joining us for the 3ma in 2008 please complete the
3ma08 Registration form.
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