Scottish coastal road named UK’s most retirement-friendly
That’s according to a survey of motorists aged 65 and over conducted by insurance company LV=, which has dubbed the 66-mile journey Britain’s own ‘Route 66’.
Scotland was comfortably the over-65s’ favourite driving location in the poll. It secured 17% of the overall vote – with many identifying the West Coast specifically – while Wales received 8%, followed by Yorkshire (7%) and the Lake District (4%).
According to the survey, the UK’s top ten most retirement-friendly roads are:
1. Lochgilphead to South Ballachulish (A816, A828) on the West Coast of Scotland
2. A838 from Laxford Bridge to Durness in North Scotland
3. B4520 from Brecon to Builth Wells in South Wales
4. A487 from Fishguard to Aberystwyth in West Wales
5. B3224 from Bishop’s Lydeard to Exford in Somerset
6. A171 from Scarborough to Guisborough in North East England
7. A616 from Clowne to Smeaton Lakes in the East Midlands
8. A2 from Portrush to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland
9. Hillhead to Kingsbridge (A379, A3122, A381) in Devon
10. B6341 from Elsdon to National Trust Cragside in Northumberland
LV=’s research also found that 74% of older motorists curtail the amount of driving they do once they hit retirement, with 22% going as far as to call themselves a ‘nervous’ driver. They cited issues such as overcrowded roads (57%), health-related concerns (19%) and the worsening of their eyesight (9%) as the main reasons they felt less confident about driving.
“We’re thrilled to name this beautiful section of road as the most retirement-friendly in the UK,” Selwyn Fernandes, the MD of Car Insurance at LV=, said. “Most drivers who have retired have decades of experience behind the wheel, but as our research shows they increasingly start to feel less confident on the road. By creating a ‘Route 66’ in the UK, we’re helping these drivers feel more confident by providing a special stretch of road just for them.”The route from Lochgilphead to the Glen Coe mountains has been named as the UK’s most retirement-friendly road, for its dramatic scenery, historic castles and a host of other attractions.