Whether you want to explore the majestic mountains of the north, rolling valleys, the rugged Atlantic coastlines, or romantic islands, a drive through Scotland’s landscapes offers scenery as diverse as it gets.
So what are you waiting for? Prep the GPS system, grab some roadside picnic goodies and jump in the car – your great Scottish road trips start here! Roll down that car window to experience a feast for the eyes, and with the right company and a perfect playlist, you’re guaranteed scenic drives that you’ll be talking about for loooong time to come.
This is by no means a complete guide to Scotland’s best driving routes – there are simply too many! But no matter which one you choose, you’ll have plenty of that jaw-dropping ‘WOW’ sights and ‘this is THE MOST beautiful’ moments along the way.
1. Rest and Be Thankful pass on the A83
Drive across the Arrochar Alps in Glen Croe to the Rest and Be Thankful pass where you can pull off to the roadside bay viewpoint and picnic area to stretch your legs and soak up some stunning vistas.
2. Traigh Sheileboist at Seilebost
Admire the breathtaking seascape at Traigh Seilebost on the Isle of Harris’s western coast in the Outer Hebrides. The seemingly endless white sands of Luskentyre with crystal clear waters and a stunning backdrop of machair is a truly breathtaking view.
3. Glencoe to Fort William
No road trip through Scotland is complete without driving along the magical road through Glencoe to Fort William. Situated on the main route north through the Highlands, the description ‘spectacular’ doesn’t really merit the beauty of Glencoe.
4. Edinburgh to St Andrews
Drive across the stupendous Forth Road Bridge to Fife and follow the scenic coastal route around the East Neuk. Call at some of the enchanting fishing villages, e.g. Anstruther, Elie or Pittenween before you reach St Andrews, The Home of Golf.
Check out the below video of a drive along the road to Applecross recorded by a biker (YouTube nickname snazbaz) using his on-helmet digital camera. If this doesn’t inspire you to explore the country, then what will?
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