When we Brits think of going on holiday, we largely imagine hopping on a plane and jetting off to faraway shores. All too often, we don’t consider exploring the wonders our own doorstep, a particularly enticing option when you think you’d only need to pack a couple of bags and jump in the car.
Vast swathes of Scotland frequently pop up on global ‘must visit’ lists, and the country was even voted the ‘world’s most beautiful’ in 2017. That’s why a Scotland road trip could well be the spectacular getaway you’ve been missing out on.
Below, we’ve listed the top five scenic Scottish roads to explore during your Scotland road trip.
Glasgow to Fort William
This is one of the more popular routes in Scotland, but don’t let that deter you. The traffic you’re likely to encounter won’t take anything away from the stunning views you’ll see as you wind through the A82.
What are the glorious views in question, you ask? Simply the beauty of the approaching highlands, Loch Lomond and the peak of Glencoe.
Glenelg to Skye
Now this is a trip that’ll truly let you experience the wonders of Scotland. Taking the ten-mile narrow road, you’ll take on twists and turns like you’ve never experienced before. This will take you all the way down to Glenelg before you head across the Kylerhea straits – which is what splits Skye from the Scottish mainland.
Not only will you get to marvel at the stunning beauty around you, but you could spot some fascinating wildlife, too. This includes otters and grey and common seals, which often enjoy basking on the shore.
Also, make sure you visit the Talisker distillery and Dunvegan Castle to make your trip even more memorable.
Ullapool to Durness
If you’re looking for a wild adventure, this Scottish route can cater for your travelling needs. Situated in the far northwest of the country, it offers a scenic and rugged experience.
Filled with views of lochs, mountains and quaint villages, the route takes you through the Scottish Highlands, where you can go climbing at Quinag or Foinaven.
You’ll also be treated to views of the Summer Isles and Lochinver if you opt to take a trip to Achiltibuie while you’re in the area.
Balloch and the Trossachs
Ensuring absolute serenity as you drive, this route will reward you with a fantastic view of Loch Lomond for the majority of the drive.
While venturing across this long stretch of the A82, you’ll also be treated to the spectacular sights of the Arrochar Alps and the Crianlarich. Once you’ve passed this, you’ll finally arrive at Loch Katrine, where you can enjoy rides on the Sir Walter Scott steamship and take in the wondrous views of the Scottish waters.
Road to Applecross
Located in the far northwest of Scotland, this route is known for zig-zagging to almost Monro height, before descending to the coastal village of Applecross.
Also known as Bealach Na Ba, these views are some of the most spectacular in all of Scotland, and are perfect for those looking to capture stunning scenery they can remember forever.
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