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Road Trips

One of the best ways to take in the wonderful sights and sounds in the area is by car, so we’ve out together some of our favourite road trips to give you some ideas. You can, of course, mix and match as you prefer. Click the titles for maps.

Please note: We are constantly working to expand the information on this site, and we’re happy to hear from our guests about their favourite road trips in the area.

 

Glen Etive and the Road to No Where

Drive time – 45 minutes one way

Glen Etive is in our opinion the most beautiful glen in the whole of Scotland, second only, perhaps to Glencoe. It’s amazing road to nowhere running down it and coming to a stop on the banks of Loch Etive, is a really fun and interesting drive. It’s a single track road, so take your time. And remember to take your camera!

 

Southern Loop

Drive time – 3 hrs 45 mins

Taking in, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Glen Orchy, Dalmally, Inverary, Lochgliphead and Oban, and with breath-taking scenery and historic sites and castles along the whole route, this is a great day out for everyone.

You start by driving up through Glencoe and over Rannoch Moor and down to Bridge of Orchy. Just south of Bridge of Orchy, turn right onto the B8074, which follows the fast-flowing River Orchy down to Dalmally. Make sure to take the short detour Kilchurn Castle, the magnificent ruins of the ancient Campbell stronghold on the banks of Loch Awe, before heading on down to Inveraray with its famous Jail and Castle. From here, follow the A83 down the banks of Loch Fyne to Lochgilphead and on up to Oban.

Oban is a beautiful and popular fishing town renowned for it’s Fish and Chips (we’d recommend the George Street Shop where you can sit on or take away), seafood (you’ve really got to try the Oban Seafood Hut and/or MacGillivray’s), single malt whisky (one of the oldest in Scotland), boat rides and lots to see and do.

From Oban, drive back to us up the coastal road, making sure to stop at Dunstaffnage and Stalker castles on the way.

 

Day Trip to the Isle of Mull

Drive Time (including ferries) – 5 hrs 15 mins

This is a long day trip, with lots to see on the way, but the days are long in the Highlands during the summer, with the sun setting after 10pm in June (and daylight/dusk lasting a good while longer), so it’s a great day out!

From Strathassynt, take the A82 north towards Fort William as far as Inchree where you take the short ferry trip to Corran and from there make the scenic drive down to Lochaline, where you take another short ferry trip across to Fishnish of the Isle of Mull.

Head for the Island’s capital, Tobermory, with its brightly painted buildings your kids (if you have any) will recognise from the BBC children’s TV show, Balamory. Spend some time exploring the village before heading to Craignure where you’ll want to visit Duart Castle on the headland, and the majestic Torosay Castle and Gardens before taking the ferry to Oban where you can enjoy tasty fish and chips, or seafood at the renowned Seafood Hut, and a little whisky tasting at one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.

From Oban it’s a 45 minute drive back to Strathassynt, and a much deserved rest!

Please Note: It is best to book ferries in peak season. While drive time includes the ferry crossing, it does not include waiting times.

 

Day Trip to the Isle of Skye (click for map)

Drive Time (including ferries) – 5 hours

Another long one, this incredible drive takes in The Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter movies, The Glenfinnan Monument, Arisaig and it’s views across to the islands of Eigg, Rum and Muck, the Silver Sands of Morar, Mallaig, Clan Donald Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, and Glen Shiel with its Five Sisters of Kintail.

Take the A82 north from Strathassynt to Fort William, following signs to Inverness until you come to the roundabout with the left turn on to the A830, signposted to Mallaig. Drive through some beautiful scenery to Glenfinnan where you must stop to take some snaps of the Viaduct (and if you time it right, with the steam train passing over), and visit the monument.

Drive on to Arisaig and take a look out to the ‘Small Isles’ of Eigg, Rum and Muck from the Caribbean-like (weather dependant, of course) Silver Sands of Moror (take a dip, we dare you!). Once in Mallaig, you definitely want to visit Jaffy’s and sample the seafood, kippers, and first class Fish and Chips before catching the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

First stop once in Skye has to be the Clan Donald Visitor Centre with its castle and gardens, and then make the drive up through the south of Skye, over the bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, and on to the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, famously erected on a small island and connected to the mainland by an easily-defended bridge.

From there you drive through the stunning Glen Sheil with its Five Sisters of Kintail, on to Fort William and back to Strathassynt where a well-deserved pint is waiting for you in The Laroch!

Please note: It is best to book ferries in peak season. While drive time includes the ferry crossing, it does not include waiting times.

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