The stunning scenery of rugged mountains, sparkling lochs and historic buildings mean that Scotland is a great place for a road trip.
Read our guide to 4 of the best road trips in Scotland to take this winter.
1. Glasgow to Oban
Starting at Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, a road trip to Oban will lead you through awe inspiring scenery. Take the A82 from the city and head north to Loch Lomond and prepare yourself for a road trip in Scotland on Scotland's ‘rollercoaster’ road.
Renowned for being the most scenic road in Scotland and one of the UK's top 5 drives, the A817 from Loch Lomond to Garelochhead takes in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is notorious for its hilly road and magnificent views.
Re-join the A82 and you will continue your drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The west bound A85 leads you through awe inspiring mountains, clear lochs, and a small detour will bring you to the beautiful ruins of Kilchurn Castle.
Once you reach Oban, take time to stop at MacCaig’s Tower to enjoy some amazing views of the surroundings, and warm your fingers up with some fish and chips by the harbour. The winding coastal roads around Oban offer rugged views of this pretty destination.
2. Fort William to Skye
A popular destination for holidaymakers, Fort William also makes a good starting point for a Scottish winter road trip to Skye.
Take the A830 from Fort William to Mallaig, and you will soon come to the spectacular Loch Shiel, where you may catch a glimpse of a train on the remarkable Glenfinnan Viaduct. Continue along the road until you reach Mallaig, and drive your car on to the Mallaig ferry which runs most days through winter. If you’re brave enough to face the cold you can admire the crystal waters of the sea on deck.
If you drive up the A851 as it winds its way north, you will soon join with the A87, the main road through the island. This takes you to Portree, Skye's main town and a great place to stay on the island. The roads on Skye are all worth exploring, as they will lead you up and around hills to small villages, the Talisker Scotch Whisky Distillery, castle ruins and lochs, the Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle, and close to the craggy mountains.
3. Inverness to Bealach na Bà
Regarded as the capital of Scotland's highlands, Inverness is a great place to start a driving tour of the region. While the historic battlefields of Culloden are a short drive to the east, the journey west will take you through spectacular scenery.
Take the A82 south along the shores of famous Loch Ness, stopping for photographs at stunning Urquhart Castle. Head east along the A887 to join the A87, where the Scottish roads take you through the haunting Highland countryside.
Just past Dornie, head north on the small A890 until it meets the A896, where your adventure really begins.
On the road from Lochcarron to Shieldaig, you will see a sign directing you towards Applecross over the Bealach. This single track road climbs up dramatic mountain road of the Bealach na Bà ("Pass of the cattle"). On a clear winter day your reward for this amazing Scottish drive is incredible views of Wester Ross, the Isle of Skye and even Harris and Lewis.
4. Edinburgh to St Andrews
Running 85 miles (136km) around the charming Kingdom of Fife is the Fife Coastal Route, a great Scottish road trip.
Start your journey to Fife from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. The A90 from the city takes you to the pretty coastal town of South Queensferry, although it's best to avoid the morning rush. Stop for a photo of the iconic railway bridge, then head over the water on the Forth Road Bridge.
Follow the coastal route east from the Forth bridges on the A921 and you will pass through the picturesque villages of Fife, such as Aberdour, Silversands and Kinghorn, as the sea twinkles in the winter sun.
After Kirkcaldy, the A921 joins the A92 and A91 to St Andrews, a fascinating town to stop and explore. Famous as the home of golf, St Andrews is rich in history and possesses
St Andrews Castle, the ruins of the Cathedral, Scotland's oldest University, and a gorgeous beach looking to the sea.
All drivers using roads in Scotland and the UK must have at least third-party car insurance cover and a valid driving license.
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