One of the most beautiful drives in Scotland (although too short) is on A83 through the Argyll Forest Park. It takes you from Tarbet up through Glen Croe. And after a pause at the famous Rest & Be Thankful viewpoint you drive down in Glen Kinglas. Discover the Stunning 30min drive in photos:
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - A83 through Glen Croe in Argyll Forest
After passing Arrochar on Loch Long, you start getting up in Glen Croe. The drive used to be long and very steep at the end. Now the road climbs steadily to the pass with high summits on each side. Some mountains in the area are above 900m high.
The dense tree line on each side confirms that you are in the Argyll forest park, Britain's oldest Forest park. Established in 1935, it is located at the end of the Highland Boundary Fault, the crack in the Earth’s surface that marks the line between Lowland and Highland Scotland. The surrounding peaks are called the Arrochar Alps.
Arygll Forest Viewpoint Rest & Be Thankful
At the top of the Glen Croe is a pass with a large parking. Take the time to stop, rest and be Thankful. You cannot miss it, it is at the turn towards Loch Goill:
The viewpoint is spectacular. You are at the edge of the Argyll Forest Park and at the end of Glen Croe. The viewpoint is called Rest & Be Thankful which is the inscription on a stone at this location. It was there for when the road was difficult and people should appreciate to have made it that far.
Here is the view:
And if you turn around and cross the street at the viewpoint, you find the small Loch Restil. It is apparently a great place for fishing trout. You you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.
After that you leave Glen Croe and the Argyll Forest Park and drive down in Glen Kinglas towards Loch Fyne and Inveraray Castle.
The Kinglas Water run for 9km (6mi) down to Loch Fyne. As you drive down there is apparently a photogenic small bridge built in 1745. I did not see it. Learn more on the Hazel Tree.
As you drive down the hills get less rugged and greener:
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