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Can’t-miss scenic drives across Scotland

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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 trip starts 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 a long 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 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 Seilebost at Seilebost

Seilebost, Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides.

Drive your car onto a ferry and set sail for the stunning Outer Hebrides. Join the A859 on the Isle of Harris’ west coast and admire the breathtaking seascapes at Traigh Seilebost. 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

The Three Sisters, Glencoe

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

The Forth Bridge viewed from South Queensferry

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, such as Anstruther, Elie or Pittenween before you reach St Andrews, The Home of Golf.

5. The Bealach Na Ba, the Road to Applecross

Skye from the Bealach Na Ba viewpoint. Photo by Lee Carson via Flickr | Creative Commons

The Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) is one of the most famous driving routes in Scotland. Known as the Road to Applecross, the route reaches 2,053 ft (625.7 m) and offers stunning views out across the whole of Wester Ross, the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. With its tight bends and single track road (with passing places) this road isn’t for the faint hearted but the views from the top are astonishing.

This video of a drive along the Bealach Na Ba was 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?

Need more inspiration? Read our blog on 5 incredibly scenic weekend road trips or check out Scotland’s National Tourist Routes. Do you have a favourite driving route in Scotland? Let us know in the iKnow Community forum.