Scotland's 12 National Tourist Routes are perfect for planning a road trip in Scotland. These routes will take you through some of the country's most awe-inspiring landscapes, and you'll find plenty of fantastic attractions and charming towns and villages to visit along the way.
Each route varies in length and offers a scenic alternative to main trunk roads and motorways – ideal for a self-drive tour of Scotland. They're easy to follow and well signposted - simply look out for the distinctive brown and white signs.
Don't forget … all these routes can also be done in reverse!
Angus Coastal Route
Discover the spectacular coastline and fertile countryside of the east of Scotland. Enjoy views of picturesque seaside resorts and the scenic splendour of the Angus Glens and the Grampian Mountains.
Length: 58 miles (93 km)
Nearby towns: Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Montrose, Inverbervie
Nearby attractions: Carnoustie Golf Course, Lunan Bay, House of Dun, St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, Dunnottar Castle
Argyll Coastal Route
Absorb stunning mountain landscapes and glittering loch views as you travel through the majestic west coast scenery of Argyll. Look out for the famous Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint, fine views across the Firth of Lorn to the Inner Hebrides, the towering peaks of Ben Nevis and the Outdoor Capital of the UK, Fort William, which is just a short drive from Ballachulish.
Length: 149 miles (238 km)
Nearby towns: Inveraray, Lochgilphead, Oban
Nearby attractions: Loch Lomond, the Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint, Loch Fyne, Crinan Canal, Connel Bridge, Ben Nevis
Borders Historic Route
Discover the lush scenery of the Scottish Borders on this historic route through the south of Scotland. Take in the peaceful countryside that inspired Sir Walter Scott's romantic novels, discover the unique Border textiles that are produced in the area and buy tasty treats and Scottish crafts in nearby towns.
Length: 95 miles (142 km)
Nearby towns: Langholm, Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Newtongrange
Nearby attractions: Scots Dyke, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Abbotsford House, National Mining Museum Scotland
Clyde Valley Tourist Route
Follow the River Clyde through lush farmland and rolling hills as you journey up through the south of Scotland to the bustling town of Hamilton, close to Glasgow.
Length: 42 miles (67 km)
Nearby towns: Biggar, Lanark, New Lanark, Blantyre
Nearby attractions: River Clyde, New Lanark World Heritage Site, Chatelherault Country Park, Strathclyde Country Park, David Livingstone Centre
Deeside Tourist Route
Travel along Britain's highest main road - the A93 - from the Fair City of Perth, via the Cairngorms National Park, to Aberdeen, the Granite City. Take in views of soft fruit fields near Blairgowrie, majestic mountains in the Cairngorms and the lush splendour of Royal Deeside.
Length: 107 miles (171 km)
Nearby towns: Scone, Blairgowrie, Braemar, Ballater, Aboyne, Banchory
Nearby attractions: Scone Palace, Glenshee Ski Centre, Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Deeside Activity Park, Drum Castle
Fife Coastal Route
Enjoy views of the impressive Forth bridges as you drive along Fife's sparkling coastline. On route you'll pass rolling farmland, picturesque seaside towns, and beautiful beaches. Why not finish your trip by crossing the Tay Bridge into Dundee and enjoy the many attractions in this fantastic city?
Finish: Newport on Tay
Length: 85 miles (136 km)
Nearby towns: Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Elie, Anstruther, St Andrews
Nearby attractions: Royal Burgh of Culross, Deep Sea World, Dunfermline Abbey, Aberdour Silversands beach, Kingsbarns Distillery, Old Course at St Andrews
Forth Valley Tourist Route
Take in views of rolling hills and sprawling farmland on this route through central Scotland. Explore the historic towns you pass through and discover their fantastic attractions.
Length: 40 miles (64 km)
Nearby towns: South Queensferry, Linlithgow, Bo'ness, Grangemouth, Falkirk
Nearby attractions: Forth bridges, Hopetoun House, Linlithgow Palace, Bo'ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies at Helix Park, The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
Galloway Tourist Route
Explore the land that inspired Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns, on this route through the south west of Scotland. Look out for Burns attractions in Dumfries and Alloway in Ayrshire and take in the beauty of the Galloway Forest Park.
Length: 96 miles (154 km)
Nearby towns: Dumfries, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas, Carsphairn, Dalmellington, Alloway
Nearby attractions: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Burns House Museum, Threave Gardens, Threave Castle, Galloway Forest Park, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Highland Tourist Route
Travel through the heart of the Highlands as you journey from Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast, past majestic mountains in the Cairngorms National Park, and on to the Highland Capital of Inverness.
Length: 118 miles (189 km)
Nearby towns: Alford, Strathdon, Tomintoul, Grantown-on-Spey, Cawdor
Nearby attractions: Grampian Transport Museum, The Lecht Ski Centre, Glenlivet Distillery, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield
Moray Firth Route
Explore the north east corner of the Highlands on this scenic semi-circle from Inverness around the Beauly, Cromarty and Dornoch firths. Along the way, stop off to take in majestic views of the Dornoch Firth at the Struie viewpoint, Ardgay, or see salmon leaping at the Falls of Shin.
Finish: The Mound on Loch Fleet (north of Dornoch)
Length: 80 miles (128 km)
Nearby towns: Beauly, Muir of Ord, Dingwall, Alness, Bonar Bridge, Lairg
Nearby attractions: Beauly Priory, Glen Ord Distillery, Storehouse of Foulis, Fyrish monument, Struie viewpoint, The Falls of Shin, Ferrycroft visitor centre
North and West Highlands Route
Explore Scotland's stunning north west and north coast and visit John o' Groats, located at the northernmost tip of the British mainland. You'll travel through some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe - wild mountains and lochs, foaming salmon rivers, rugged coastlines with mighty sea cliffs and secluded sandy bays.
Finish: John o' Groats
Length: 140 miles (224 km)
Nearby towns: Ardmair, Strathcanaird, Ledmore, Scourie, Durness, Tongue, Thurso
Nearby attractions: Knockan Crag, the ruins of Calda House and Ardvreck Castle, Durness Golf Club, Cocoa Mountain, Smoo Cave, Strathnaver Museum, Caithness Horizons, Castle of Mey
Perthshire Tourist Route
Enjoy views of lush, cultivated landscape on the first part of this route, through the heart of Scotland. Watch as the scenery changes dramatically, giving way to the rugged splendour of the Sma' Glen, located north of Crieff, where scree, rocks and heather covered slopes tower up on both sides.
Length: 45 miles (72 km)
Nearby towns: Braco, Crieff, Aberfeldy, Grandtully
Nearby attractions: Muthill Golf Club, Bennybeg Garden Centre, Crieff Hydro, Crieff Golf Course, Drummond Castle Gardens, Splash White Water Rafting, Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier
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