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Scotland’s Great Drives

Scotland has all the essential ingredients for the perfect road trip - beautiful, ever-changing scenery, incredible attractions and welcoming towns and villages. Scotland is characterised by its compactness and variety which make it ideal for touring by car. Its complex geology provides a wide range of different landscapes within a comparatively small area – the fertile farmland of Strathmore; the rounded bulk and high plateaux of the Cairngorms; the steep, rugged hills and long sea lochs of the West coast. Whether ploughed and placid or bleak and dramatic – it’s always beautiful. All you need is a soft-top and great company!

When touring Scotland your route can vary in length; trips can be as short or as long as you like. You could easily spend a week or two touring a large area of the country, or explore a couple of regions over a weekend, or get a flavour of Scotland’s awesomeness in a simple day trip.

You may have a specific route in mind such a drive over to Skye or a tour round the North Coast 500 or you may be looking for inspiration. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite driving routes that may take you to places you hadn’t considered, each route offering its own beautiful scenery as well as plenty of stop-off opportunities and places to eat.

One day routes:

The countryside of Highland Perthshire, with Ballinluig at its centre, is some of the most beautiful in Britain. To experience it you need simply choose one of these shorter routes and start driving. These routes make use of many of the back roads around hills, lochs, forestry and farmland which make up this area. The scenery through which they pass is rarely less than stunning, and along the routes there are viewpoints, walks, castles, churches and the small towns and villages of the area, which offer opportunities to stop and explore at leisure.

ABERFELDY TO BLAIR ATHOLL LOOP
Aberfeldy to Blair Atholl Loop
Distance - 54 miles/86km

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Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch
Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch
Distance – 76 Miles/122 Kms

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Loch Tay and Glen Lyon
Loch Tay and Glen Lyon
Distance - 74 Miles/120 Kms

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Glen Clova
Glen Clova
Distance - 107 miles/172 km

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Big days or multi-day routes:

Some of these routes can be easily accomplished in one day, providing you’re in it for the drive and don’t mind not stopping off to see the sights and take a picnic with you to eat en route. Or take a little longer, stop off for a night and enjoy a slower drive amongst the best scenery Scotland has to offer.

Balmoral Castles
Strathmore and Royal Deeside
Distance - 171 Miles/275 Kms

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Tour of the Cairngorms
Tour of the Cairngorms
Distance - 181 miles/290km

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Inverness and the Great Glen
Inverness and the Great Glen
Distance - 220 Miles/354 Kms

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Glencoe and Appin
Glencoe and Appin
Distance - 220 Miles/354 Kms

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Distance - 178 miles/286km

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Glencoe and Strontian
Glencoe and Strontian
Distance - 220 Miles/354 Kms

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Satellite Navigation

Your Top Down Scotland convertible comes equipped with the latest in satellite navigation technology. Our Garmin DriveSmart 51 has a superb array of features to enhance your special trip:

  • Easy to use sat nav with connected features and bright 5-inch pinch-to-zoom dual-orientation touchscreen display
  • Preloaded with detailed recommended route maps for all lengths of trip
  • You’ll know how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours.
  • Live parking information for on and off street parking at your destination
  • Pair your smartphone and your sat nav via Bluetooth to get hands-free calling,
  • Driver awareness features include alerts for dangerous curves, speed changes, rail crossings, animal crossings, speed cameras and more
  • Fatigue warning suggests break times and potential rest areas ahead after hours of driving
  • Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts will guide you to the proper lane for your route
  • photoReal and Bird’s Eye junction views help you navigate junctions with ease
  • Garmin Real Directions provides detailed guidance using landmarks and traffic lights
  • Pair your DriveSmart with your compatible Garmin smartwatch to receive navigation, find my car and driver alerts right on your wrist
  • Live Track allows drivers to share their routes with others
  • TripAdvisor ratings for travel points of interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants and attractions
  • Foursquare points of interest data add millions more new and popular places like restaurants, shops, services and more to your search