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A favourite rest spot for my parents, when they were holidaying maybe 30 years ago. We use it whenever we can. The tranquility and the view are almost emotional.
And we see it as the gateway to one of our favourite touring areas.
So we had read that Rest and Be Thankful had been closed from August landslides and by convoy you could do the Old Military road.
Then it was reopened early September but sadly whilst we where visiting another landslide closed it with convey again on...the Old Military road.
We had been staying near Dunoon so had easy access to the ferry but we decided we could not miss the scenery and Loch Lomond so chose a Saturday morning when leaving the area to drive and so glad we did.
Was no issue driving in convoy in fact made it an adventure.
Was shocked the traffic but perhaps had been spoilt all week being off the beaten trackMore
Apparently it's a well-known location for landslides that close the main road. We were able to use the military road (one-way system, so queues can build up) but when that's closed too it's a 60 mile detour!! When we reached the head of the valley...we had to stop for a look, it was so stunning. One of the best examples of a U-shape valley I've seen.More
It’s a scary road for those whom don’t travel it often but I’m used to it and it’s stunning views however it’s a small toad only enough for one car at a time. There are little places for cars to give way from time to...time. I’d advise drive safely no speeding. It’s twisty and turning but incredible viewsMore
We had a planned only a quick stop on the drive from GLA airport to Inveraray, especially because it was very, very windy and rainy. We ended up spending nearly two hours hiking down the Old Military Road. There were at least a dozen waterfalls...springing from the wee hills all around. It was magical, majestic, and moving. We may not have been rested after the walk, but we were very thankful to be in such a beautiful place in 'good Scottish weather'.More
With the look we got as we turned into the car park, should have probably kept driving.
Wasn’t particularly friendly either when we ordered the food from his van. Only person that got any sort of pleasantries was what seemed to be a regular.
Food...was average, what you would expect from a roadside burger van.More
Rest and be thankful is the top of a valley. The road climbs steadily for about 1000 feet and in the past people needed to rest after the effort of getting to the summit. It is not an hotel it is the A83 road.