From Ponteland to Otterburn there are some good fast straights,open bends and twisty hairpins. also makes a nice gateway route for those travelling to Scotland from the south (i.e. motorway alternative)
Scenery is picture postcard and the best aspect of the route for me, although there are a few straights and a number of nice corners. Road condition is generally pretty good but this can be a busy road, including caravans, being directly on the path to Fort William and other northern delights. I've only seen a minimal police presence myself but have been warned that there are unmarked cars on regular patrol.
This is one to look forward too after the boring A9. Leave the A9 at Dalwhinnie go through the village and start with the bend that goes completely around the distillery. After this you get a series of fast staights with double bends at the end to take you to the A86 towards Fort William. The road climbs for miles, twisting and turning to Loch Laggan. A fast run alongside the loch, then a final twisting rush down to Roybridge. Be warned, the local police respect skilfull riding, but not speeding through villages. Speed trap regular in the 30 limit at Roybridge. Roybridge Hotel OK, but current owners selling up.
Fantastic ride into the Highlands that really shows the best side of biking in Scotland. A great selection of corners, brilliant landscape and some wonderful nature. There can be some animals near the road, but visibility is mostly very open, so they pose little threat. There was no Police presence at all when I was last there, but this may have changed as I saw this road mentioned in a major UK motorbike magazine article recently.
Long fast sweeping corners, probably 90mph all the way a VERY fast road. Tourists are the problem up here, try for just befor may...