Ten of the best drives in Scotland: Enjoy some spectacular drives
At Logbook Loans we love our cars and we know you do too! It’s wonderful to be able to really put your car to good use and head off for a nice long drive. In summer we ran an article about spectacular drives in Europe, and in this article we look at some that are a little closer to home for many of us: in Scotland.
It is never easy to single out particular favourites, or to rank them in any kind of objective order, but here are what we consider to be ten of the best:
This road in the far north west of Scotland has been described by National Geographic as “a best drive”. Also known as the Bealach Na Bà, the route offers a host of breathtaking views as it zigzags up high then descends into the coastal village of Applecross.
His road also has its fans: described by The Telegraph as “the most beautiful A-road in the world”. Also known as the “spine of Scotland”, at it is Scotland’s longest road and the fifth-longest A-road in the United Kingdom. Along the 273 miles of the road you will see sights such as Gleneagles, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, the Grampian Mountains and Aviemore.
From Loch Lomond take the A82 through the Trossachs National Park at Balloch then the A83 at Tarbet and down to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long, the first of the sea lochs. You will then come to The Cobbler – one of the most popular of the Arrochar Alps to climb – and the drive west from this point ascends steeply to the appropriately named Rest and Be Thankful rest stop and viewpoint.
Many consider this route – in the far northwest of Scotland- to be its most scenic. Certainly it includes some wild and rugged environments, including lochs and mountains. There are also some wonderful climbs en route, including Quinag and Foinaven. Other highlights include Achiltibuie – which offers great views of the Summer Isles – and Lochinver. You will also experience many small communities which contribute to an experience not found anywhere else in the UK.
The A93 that runs from Aberdeen to Perth – two of Scotland’s oldest and grandest Royal Burghs – has much to recommend it. This is a glorious drive that does have some suburban stretches but is also abundant in open countryside: a countryside that includes stone circles, castles and Scotland’s renowned tower-houses.
Arran is the seventh largest Scottish island and a round tour of its 55 miles is a wonderful day trip. The mountainous north of the island offers fine views of jagged peaks, whereas the west and south both have sandy beaches: on the south coast at Kildonan there are views towards Ailsa Craig. The island also has Brodick and Lochranza castles, the King’s Caves at Blackwaterfoot, Glenashdale waterfall near Whiting Bay, and the 4000 year old Machrie Moor stone circle.
Start this drive with the ten mile narrow winding road down to Glenelg then head across the Kylerhea straits, which split Skye from the Scottish mainland. Then take the Glenachulish – the only manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland – for a unique experience.
Or for an alternative route to Skye, either take the A82 from Glasgow which takes you up the western shores of Loch Lomond, or the A85 from Edinburgh and Stirling. This latter route passes various iconic Scottish landmarks along the way including Stirling Castle, Callander, Killin, Glencoe and the mountains Beinn Dorain and Buachaille Etive Mor.
Tongue is a coastal village in northwest Highland, Scotland, and is approached by an excellent road. Tongue lies on the eastern side of the large sea inlet the Kyle of Tongue. It is an important junction where the road from the south meets the north coast road as it crosses the Kyle of Tongue via a long, sweeping causeway and bridge.
The A82 is one of the most popular roads in Scotland and was voted Britain’s best road in 2010. It is not the fastest way to get to Fort William but offers stunning views of Loch Lomond and the craggy peaks of Glencoe.
This memorable drive will take you across Forth Road Bridge and into Fife, where you can take the east coast road and enjoy some truly beautiful views. Passing through places such as Anstruther and St Andrews, this route must be one of the best in Scotland for things to see and do.
We do hope that some of these drives will appeal to you. There are many other routes in Scotland that we have not been able to include, and you will no doubt find your own favourites if you do manage to go north of the border. But we hope that one or more of the above routes will serve as a useful starting point for your Scottish adventure!