Drive of discovery: Infiniti's QX30 crossover
Glasgow has been my home for almost 40 years and I love the place, the people and discovering the beautiful countryside on its doorstep. So when Infiniti’s Glasgow dealership offered me the chance to test drive its latest British-built and engineered QX30 crossover, I jumped at the opportunity to take to the road.
I left the M8 to head over the Erskine Bridge and then headed for the hills along the busy A82, passing the town of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond and onto the hamlet of Arden. Next I turned right onto the A817 and travelled uphill with the magnificent view of Loch Lomond behind me.
With its long sweeping bends – and a few tight ones which have to be taken at the advised 40 mph speed – the road is renowned as one of the best scenic drives in Britain. Even Top Gear has been filmed here. And it certainly gave the Infiniti the chance to go full throttle on the 10 mile stretch across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park through the spectacular Glen Fruin.
Just a few miles further on I looked down on to Gare Loch. During WWI the loch came into its own as a vital naval harbour and its deep water was excellent for testing submarines. Further down the road at the junction with the lochside A814, I came to the base itself, surrounded by miles of high security fencing. The military makes sure the roads are well kept and it shows.
Heading back to Glasgow, I passed through the town of Dumbarton before re-joining the main A82 tourist route to return to the city and wave goodbye to the Infiniti. We’d had a good time together exploring some of the backwaters and brilliant roads which I’d forgotten were just a hop, skip and jump away.
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Words: Alan Douglas