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Great Drives in the Highlands from Glencoe

Glencoe and Glen Etive

Follow the A82 towards Tyndrum, drive through the Glencoe Gorge and on past the dramatic and majestic mountains of Glencoe. As you pass Buchaille Etive Mhor in Glencoe (the Big Shepherd), you will see a right turn for Glen Etive. This single-track road will lead you to the Head of Loch Etive. Well worth a run on a sunny day as it is a very beautiful Glen. Golden Eagles are often spotted along here. Loch Etive runs from here all the way to Connel and then seperates Connel and North Connel.

Lismore

Take the bikes and follow the A828 towards Oban and take the right turning for Port Appin. Follow this single-track road right to the very end. Here you can leave your car in the car park and catch the passenger ferry to Lismore which is beautiful tranquil island that is best seen by bike or on foot. The Old School Tea Room is strategically placed when you are most in need of a thirst quenching drink with the grass roofed heritage centre and cafe well worth a stop for lunch. The car ferry to Lismore runs from Oban if you do want to take your car onto the Island.

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Circular Route to Kinlochleven

Follow the A82 to Glencoe Crossroads then fork left for Kinlochleven. This 20-mile circuit will lead you to and through the village of Kinlochleven, coming back out at North Ballachulish. Aluminium works centre in Kinlochleven is well worth a visit. The road is very steep in parts affording wondrous view over Loch Leven.

The Road to the Isles

Take the A82 to Fort William and continue out past the town until you pick up the signs for Mallaig. This lovely drive will take you past such sights as the Glenfinnan Monument, where Prince Charlie raised the standard to start the 1945 rebellion. Continuing along takes you to Bonnie Lochailort and the silver sands of Morar with stunning view across to the Hebrides and the Cuillins of Skye. You can take a wee detour along Loch Morar, the deepest fresh water loch in Europe which is just over 1000ft deep.

Circumnavigation around Island of Mull

From Oban take the 45 minute ferry to Craignure and then go the circular road around Mull. Lots of interesting cafes and craft shops with some stunning views over Mull and out to Coll and Tiree and the small Isles of Canna, Muck, Eigg and Rum. Of particular mention is the wee museum near Fionnphort, an old fishing village, which has a restored old black house as a fascinating musuem. Tobermory is always worth a stop as well with the Mishnish and MacGochan's seafront bars offering good refreshments and meals. Some of the roads are single track with passing places but you soon get used to them.

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The Coastal Route to Oban

Follow the A828 towards Oban until you reach the Creran bridge, just past the Creagan Inn. This lovely coastal route is often forgotten, but well worth the detour for the fine scenery it affords. Visit the gardens at Drumavuic House. Other Attractions include the Sea Life Centre, Argyll Pottery, and Ardchattan Priory at North Connel. From Oban, you can either double back to reach back to Kentallen, or go on the circular route via Connel, Dalmally, Tyndrum and through Glencoe.

Glen Orchy

Take the A82 towards Tyndrum. Once you pass the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, take a right turn –B8074 sign-posted Glen Orchy. This single-track road runs alongside the River Orchy and has many places to stop and picnic, with interesting features such as waterfalls and beautiful rivers. You can continue along this road to take a short cut back to Oban.

Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Take the Corran Ferry across to Ardgour, and continue under the dramatic slopes of Garbh Bheinn to Strontian From here you can turn left and follow the road until you reach the most westerly point of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan and its lighthouse. Alternatively, you can travel from Salen and follow the circular route to Acharcle, Glenuig, Lochailort where you can then reach the Mallaig road and double back to Fort William. Castle Tioram and the Singing Sands of Morar are obvious diversions. You could also take the car ferry from Kilchoan, just a few miles from Ardnamurchan, to Tobermory on Mull, or, there also runs a ferry from Lochaline to Craignure on Mull.

Loch Ness and Inverness

Stunning drive up beside the River Ness to the beautiful Highland City of Inverness. Urquhart Castle near Drumnadrochit is well worth stopping and spending some time at. Loch Ness Exhibition in Drumnadrochit is also well worth a visit. Quite a few coffee stops on route with stunning views of Loch Ness.

Glen Roy, the Parallel Roads and Loch Arkaig.

Take the A82 to Fort William and carry on out of town until you can take a left at the traffic lights onto the Mallaig road. Follow this road for about 3 minutes until you see a right hand sign for Banavie. This road leads you alongside the Caledonian Canal and to the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry, and also to beautiful Loch Arkaig with its stunning waterfalls and lovely views. Coming back to Gairlochy, take the A8004 to Spean Bridge and you come out at the famous Commando Memorial. You can further detour to Roy Bridge and to the Glen Roy National Nature Reserve with its parallel roads created by the movement of glaciers during the last ice age.