Attracting tourists from across the globe, the sheer elegance and raw beauty of Scotland’s rugged landscape is often forgotten amongst locals. From winding, country roads carved into the sides of some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes to historical passes which have survived centuries, there is arguably no better way to experience Scotland than going on a scenic drive. We’ve outlined some of our favourites which we are sure you will enjoy and appreciate just as much as we do.
Glasgow To Inveraray, Via the Rest and Be Thankful Pass
Probably one of the most famous stretches of in Scotland, and for good reason, the Rest and Be Thankful lives up to its reputation. Carving through traditional, rugged Scottish landscape, the Rest and Be Thankful intertwines with the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond to provide a truly extraordinary drive. To add something a little extra to your trip, stop for lunch at the view point in Glen Croe and do exactly as the road demands, Rest and Be Thankful.
Stirling to Inverness
Also known as the “spine of Scotland” the A9 which connects Stirling and Inverness is one of Scotland’s longest country roads. The Telegraphs Ben Ross reported the road as “the most beautiful road in the world.” Now, there is no competing with that, what else can we say?
A8350 Around Skye
The Isle of Skye is often described by travel bloggers as being a miniature version of Scotland inside Scotland with diverse landscapes, versatile environment and abundance of high-end coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Sitting at the junction of the A850 and B886 to the north of Dunvegan on Skye, you’ll find fairy bridge, a stunning bridge encompassed by folk law and fairy tales.
Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead
If you are fan of relaxing loch walks or enjoy an ice cream on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, then this is the perfect drive for you. Depart from the stunning shores of Loch Lomond to a less well-known Loch to escape bustling crowds and immerse yourself in the very best scenery Scotland has to offer. Turn off at the A83 at Tarbet a short climb over the hill takes you down to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long, the first of the sea lochs. Then enjoy the delights that Loch Fyne has to offer including the world famous, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar where you can enjoy the very finest fresh fish.
To make your experience even more special, why not indulge in a luxury car from Phantom Scotland.