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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 convoy.

We'll have a long and leisurely lunch in Ayr (most likely at Cecchinis or 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 arrive at 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 (240Km).

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.


The complete 3ma 2008 Route book can be downloaded by clicking one of the icons below:




     3ma 2008 Route book

(Distances in miles)


     3ma 2008 Route book

(Distances in Kilometres)






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