The Most Scenic Drives in Scotland

Scotland boasts endless miles of enchanting scenery, which is just waiting to be discovered by motorists. The roads in this part of the world are in excellent condition, and visitors who choose to hire a car will be able to explore all that Scotland has to offer at their leisure. What follows is an overview of some of the most scenic drives in Scotland.

The A817 Highland road that runs from Lomond to Garelochhead has been voted the most scenic drive in the whole of Scotland by many motorists. This road runs for some ten miles and takes motorists up through Glen Fruin, offering absolutely enchanting views along the way. Motorists who choose to take this route will be greeted by the sights of Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond. This road features gentle curves, making it particularly easy to navigate while taking in the scenery.

The Scottish Highlands features haunting lochs, dramatic mountain ranges and a wide range of wildlife, making this another great place to drive. While there are several picturesque routes for motorists to enjoy here after they hire a car, one of the most popular is the A82 that leads from Glasgow to Gelencoe. Motorists will be able to enjoy dramatic views of snow-capped mountains from the driver’s seat, and the beauty of this route is that it features long, straight stretches of open road.

Motorists who enjoy taking long, scenic drivers through the countryside are sure to enjoy following the route that leads from Grantown all the way to Gairloch. This route covers a little over a hundred miles and is particularly enchanting. The roads that comprise this route are easy to follow, and drivers simply need to make their way along the A9, A835 and A832 as they wind their way along the picturesque shores of Loch Maree. The tiny traditional village of Gairloch is the perfect place to pause for a while and indulge in a little light refreshment before climbing into your car to explore once more.

The Outer Hebrides is another great place for drivers who have a strong sense of adventure and a love for natural beauty to explore. This part of Scotland consists of several tiny islands, which are connected to each other as well as to the mainland by car ferries. Driving around these picturesque islands is an excellent way to get off the beaten track and appreciate the rugged Outer Hebridean scenery. The roads that run through these islands vary from smooth, double tracks on the most popular routes to rather narrow, single tracks in the more rural areas of the Outer Hebrides. Some of the islands are also connected to each other by bridges, which are interesting to drive across, while the causeways that lead across the water to Berneray and Eriskay also make driving a rich and rewarding experience.

The great thing about driving in Scotland is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. While many people prefer to explore this part of the world in the sunny summer months, people who travel to Scotland in the winter will find that the scenery is particularly dramatic. The great thing about choosing to hire a car is that you will be screened from the biting winds and can turn up the heating, exploring in comfort and style while listening to your favourite music.