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Best Roads in Scotland for a Road Trip

If you are visiting Scotland, either for a day trip or a short break, or even if you live here and just looking to get out and explore your local area, we show you the very best roads around Scotland to enjoy.

The roads around Scotland are some of the best in Europe, with ‘Scotland’s Route 66’, or North Coast 500 Route, being one of the most popular. Here’s our countdown of the best roads in Scotland.

North Coast 500 Route – 500 miles

Undoubtably one of the most popular routes to take up here in Scotland, the North Coast 500 Route takes you right up to the tip of the country to John O’ Groats where cycle journeys down to Land’s End often start.

You’ll also visit The Black Isle, Caithness, Easter Ross, Inverness-Shire, Sutherland and Wester Ross. You can also visit the Loch Ness, the home of the mythical creature – let us know if you catch a glimpse!

If castles, nature and beautiful untouched beaches are your thing, then the North Coast 500 Route will truly offer something for everyone.

What you can expect to see:

  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Balnakeil Beach
  • Smoo Cave
  • Bealach na Ba

Southwest Coastal 500 Route – 300 miles

If you don’t fancy driving as far North as the North Coast 500 Route, the Southwest Coastal 500 Route might just be the trip for you. This route takes you through Dumfries and Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, passing through one of Scotland’s forest parks – the Galloway Forest Park, a stunning area of the country.

If you enjoy heritage sites and beautiful scenery, this route is perfect, especially if you’re visiting from the South of England as the journey to Ayrshire is quicker.

What you can expect to see:

  • Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
  • Culzean Castle
  • Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
  • Moat Brae

Argyll Coastal Route – 129 miles

The Argyll Coastal Route takes you through the stunning Loch Lomond area of Scotland, ending in Fort William. From here, you are just a stones throw away from Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest summit if you fancy a hike to see some of the most fantastic views over the Grampian Mountains.

What you can expect to see:

  • McCaig’s Tower
  • Inveraray Jail
  • An Ceann Mor

North and West Highlands – 158 miles

Taking you right up to the top of the country, the North and West Highlands route takes you through some of the most rugged and scenic areas Scotland has to offer, complete with panoramic sea views and stunning mountain landscapes.

What you can expect to see:

  • Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve
  • Cocoa Mountain
  • Handa Island
  1. Deeside Tourist Route - 108 miles

  2. Taking you from Perth to Aberdeen, or vice versa, the Deeside Tourist Route takes you through some stunning landscapes, including the Cairngorms National Park where you can visit Mar Lodge Estate and Braemar Castle. If you enjoy heritage, this route is perfect for you as there’s certainly plenty to see.

What you can expect to see:

  • Drum Castle
  • Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
  • Mar Lodge Estate
  • Cairngorms National Park

Rent a car in Scotland

If you are visiting Scotland from elsewhere in the UK and don’t fancy the long journey to the top of the country, why not think about renting a car or van so you can still get out and explore? Here at Struans, we have a range of options for car rental whilst you are up in Scotland or just looking to explore your local area.

Speak to the friendly team here at Struans to see how we can help you get out and make the most of our wonderful country.