Planning a Scottish road trip to remember? Take a look at images from Scotland's 12 National Tourist Routes and the epic North Coast 500, some of the best drives in Scotland.

If you’re looking for top scenic drives in Scotland for touring by car, these driving 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. These driving tour routes are easy to follow and well signposted - simply look out for the distinctive brown and white signs.

Don't forget … all these scenic routes can also be done in reverse!

Please remember to plan your trip in advance. It is crucial for the wellbeing of Scotland's landscapes, as well as for local residents and businesses, that the areas around these routes are respected and looked after properly. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Take all litter, waste and rubbish away with you to dispose of correctly
  • Book your accommodation in advance; don't park or stay outwith designated camping/caravan areas
  • Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to ensure the landscape is left how you found it