Best scenic drives


from Tighnabruaich to Glendaruel.


- and back to Edinburgh again.


Amazing in all weathers and can be done as a day trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow.


Take the A939 over the Dava Moor, or turn right at Ferness on the B9007.


By coast or inland.

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No 1 is magnificent. I was a teenager when they started blasting this road out of the hillside; before then, the only way to get to Tighnabruaich by road was the long way - down from Strachur, along Loch Fyne, across Ardlamont to Kames. It was virtually all single track with passing places. The sheep that wander or sleep in the middle of the road add additional excitement. - Doug Noble, Miami

The best drive is from Loch Lomond through the Rest and Be Thankful leaving Arrochar and heading round bendy roads to Loch Fyne. Follow the road along the side of the loch towards Inveraray - stunning with a castle backdrop. If you continue to Lochgilphead through Furnace, the scenery can be haunting. Lights flicker in the distance as boats sail by and you can peer through gaps in the tree-lined roads at hidden houses and boats. The jewel is the drive alongside the Crinan Canal towards Keills and the scenery around the boating villages of Tayvallich and Carsaig. Looking out over the Paps of Jura and watching the light fade from Carsaig pier is magical. - Sharon, Edinburgh

The best drive will take all day and you'll need to stay overnight to recover from the scenery overload. Take the A90 to Perth then the A85 to Crieff, Comrie and Lochearn. Head over the Glen Ogle pass to Crianlarich and take the northern route to Fort William via Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. From Fort William, take the A830 to Mallaig or the A82 and A87 all the way to Skye. - Susan, Edinburgh

The original Road to the Isles was old tracks leading from Skye; the name has been adopted by the A830. The 45 miles have been improved over recent years, making a more pleasant drive, but some single track has yet to be upgraded. The route is very scenic, passing through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745 and by the famous viaduct seen in Harry Potter films. Also see the White Sands of Morar, featured in Local Hero and Loch Morar, deepest loch in Britain and views of the Small Isles. John, Inverness