From Rugged Terrain to Coastal Trails – Little’s Guide to Scotland’s Best Roads

Bealach na Bá (Pass of the Cattle)

Linking the Applecross peninsula on the West with the East of Scotland, this historic pass (built in 1822) is reminiscent of the steep alpine crossings of mainland Europe. Hairpin bends and single-track roads means that it is not for the fainthearted but the sights along the way are definitely worth braving, with panoramic views of Wester Ross, Skye, Rum and the Outer Hebrides. The Bealach na Bá boasts the highest ascent of any road climb in the whole of the UK so if you are looking for some adventure during your stay, this is the road to take.

Travellers Tip: South from Applecross are many coastal villages unspoiled by modern influence – Camusterrach and Ard-dhubh are especially authentic.

Ullapool to Durness

Taking you up through the heartlands of the Scottish Highlands to the very tip of the mainland, this stunning journey encapsulates the untamed spirit of Scotland. Following the coastline, you are treated to clear blue seas and white sand beaches – almost as if you in the Caribbean. This tranquil trail is a stark contrast to the rugged slopes of the Bealach na Bá, a testament to the true versatility of Scotland. In the expert hands of a Little’s chauffeur, you will breeze around the notoriously winding roads, greeted by a new picture opportunity at every bend. Note: add on an hour or two for photo-stops!

Glencoe

This would not be a list of Scotland’s best roads without the iconic Glencoe. This magical road links the Glen with the town of Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘outdoor capital of the UK’. So spectacular that the closeby Glen Etive was used as a location in the celebrated James Bond filmSkyfall’, it also holds historical merit as it was the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692, inspiring popular culture in centuries to come – notably the ‘Red Wedding’ in George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’. Amazing mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters loom on either side of Glencoe, with river scenery at the bottom of the glen, and what better vehicle to compliment this classic journey than a Little’s vintage Rolls Royce Spirit?

Trossachs Loop

Known as ‘Scotland miniature’ for the sheer variety of scenery on display, this route is perfect for those with limited time but still looking for an authentic Scottish experience. As you tour around the national park, soak up the sights of Ben Venue and Ben A’an looming over the Loch. A short trip up one of the hills provides panoramic views of the breath-taking scenery below and a drive on the A83 from Loch Lomond winds down past the famed Rest & Be Thankful viewpoint to Loch Fyne – where you must make sure to try the oysters! Leading on from Loch Fyne is the picturesque village of Inveraray, well worth a visit. Looking to experience Loch Lomond from a bird’s-eye view? There are regular seaplane and helicopter excursions that Little’s can organise for those interested.

With a fleet of Saloons, Luxury Saloons and Luxury MPVs as well as coaches and private charters, Little’s can cater for any size of party and any expectation. We have been providing bespoke tours of Scotland for 50 years, and over that time built up an unparalleled knowledge of Scotland’s hidden gems and unmissable locations. As a member of Connoisseurs Scotland, we have access to some of the country’s finest properties, from fairy-tale castles to stunning architectural delights.

To speak to your personal tour advisor, contact Kenneth on tours@littles.co.uk or call +44 (0) 141 883 2111 and let your journey begin.

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