Scotland boasts a wealth of spectacular scenery, from beautiful rolling hills, to dramatic mountains to stunning beaches, coasts and lochs and areas flanked with fabulous forests.
In a motorhome or campervan you can make the most of the landscape by journeying through and to a range of different destinations. But take your time. The roads aren’t always the fastest so make the most of the narrow sections and twists and turns to “stroll” along in your van.
Here we bring you seven of the most scenic drives in Scotland.
Glasgow to Fort William
The A82 road was voted Britain’s best in 2010. This is interesting given that it was once said to be one of the worst roads but it depends on your view. If you want to get to Fort William fast you will be disappointed. There is often a lot of traffic and it is mainly narrow, winding and slow.
On the other hand, why not think of the drive as part of your campervanning holiday adventure? Set off early or late and take your time.
You’ll love the views over Loch Lomond and the mountains of Glencoe, among many other scenic wonders.
Road to the Isles
Stretching from the base of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in Fort William, to the port town of Mallaig, you’ll be thrilled by this beautiful drive.
The road takes in Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie famously raised his standard in 1745, gorgeous Loch Morar and remote Camusdarach beach between Arisaig and Morar.
Look out, too, for the Jacobite steam train that runs daily services connecting Fort William with Mallaig during the summer months.
From Mallaig, you could board a ferry to head over to the picturesque isles of Skye, Muck, Rum, Eigg or Canna.
Balloch to Trossachs Pier
This is one for loch lovers. For much of the drive, it’s Loch Lomond that will have you staring out of the windscreen.
You’ll then pass the A82 through Arrochar and Crianlarich and on to the A85 via spectacular Glen Ogle and Lochearnhead.
You’ll arrive via the A821 at Trossachs Pier, which is located on another beautiful loch, Katrine. Why not park up and enjoy a ride on the steamship Sir Walter Scott for even more picture-postcard views of our Scottish waters?
Rest and Be Thankful
This is a famous pass on the A83 that takes drivers across the Arrochar Alps in Glen Croe to the Rest and Be Thankful pass. There’s a handy roadside viewpoint that allows you to stretch your legs and fully take ion the stunning vistas.
West coast on Isle of Harris
Take the A859 from the ferry and head along the breath-taking west coast of this Outer Hebridean island. Around almost every corner you’ll discover stunning white beaches that could have been transported from Hawaii.
In particular, it’s the seemingly endless white sands of Luskentyre, complete with with crystal clear waters and a backdrop of flowery machair that has almost ever driver stop to get out and stare. A stroll here will have you oohing and ahhing with delight.
Edinburgh to St Andrews
This drive will take you across Forth Road Bridge to the Kingdom of Fife where you can follow the beautiful east coast road through an area known as the East Neuk.
Why not stop in at the pretty fishing villages of Anstruther, Elie and Pittenween before arriving at St Andrews and The Home of Golf?
Road to Applecross
A National Geographic “best drive”, the road to Applecross in the far north west of Scotland is certainly a stunning drive. Also known as the Bealach Na Bà, the Alpine-style pass heads a zig-zagging 11 miles from sea level almost to Munro height then back down again to the coastal village of Applecross. This is another go-slow-and-soak-up-the-views type of drive.