Scottish road trips offer amazing views but what is there to do when you get out of the car?
The North Coast 500 has been hailed as a tremendous success by the Highland tourist industry. While Kate from Love from Scotland is a big fan, she thinks there are some other great Scottish road trips to consider.
Sometimes though it’s good to stretch your legs. So here are three suggestions of things to try on when you’re on the road.
The North Coast 500 Route Scotland, circles around Scotland’s top north highlands has always been there, but never received a name, until 2014. Today this amazing itinerary moved in the limelight, and was nicknamed Scotland’s Route 66.
Some say Scotland’s North Coast 500 route the most scenic road trip on the planet. Well, there’s no doubt that it’s among worlds’ most beautiful coastal drives… We we’re truly blown away by it’s most epic scenery, ancient ruins, castles and beaches that beat the Maldives (except for the temperature) and not to forget about the friendly people and a strong culture to explore. In short .. you won’t be sorry to plan your trip right now.
We can say it is one the most beautiful places we have ever encountered.
If you want to take it easy and spend time at every attraction, you’ll need 7 days and a cheap car rental, and that’s all it will take to experience a whole new world
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Slioch is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands situated in Wester Ross, eight kilometres north of the village of Kinlochewe.
Slioch reaches a height of 981 metres (3218 feet) and towers above the south east end of Loch Maree to give one of the best known and most photographed sights (from the A832 road) in the Highlands.
The mountain is composed of Torridonian sandstone on a base of Lewisian Gneiss and has steep crags on three sides and allows easy access for the walker only from the south east
where the large open corrie of Coire na Sleaghaich has two ridges on its flanks which the walker can utilise.
The mountain’s name comes from the Gaelic word “sleagh” and means “the spear” and this only becomes obvious when Slioch is viewed from Lochan Fada to the west,
from here the subsidiary top of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain (Peak of the White Hollow) (933 metres) dominates as a slender peak and gives the mountain its name. Wild goats are often seen on the mountain.
Loch Maree is a loch in Wester Ross.
At 20 km (12 mi) long and with a maximum width of 4 km (2.5 mi), it is the fourth largest freshwater loch in Scotland; it is the largest north of Loch Ness. Its surface area is 28.6 km2 (11.0 sq mi).
Loch Maree contains five large wooded islands and over 60 smaller ones, many of which have their own lakelets.
Isle Maree has the remains of a chapel, graveyard, holy well, and holy tree on it, believed to be the 8th century hermitage of Saint Máel Ruba (d. 722), who founded the monastery of Applecross in 672.
The same island contains ancient stands of oak and holly which have been linked with ancient Scottish druids.
The waters of the loch were also thought to have curative effects, with being submerged in the water thought to be a cure for lunacy.
All of the loch’s islands are conservation areas. The largest is the only island in Britain to contain a loch that itself contains an island.
Like Loch Ness, Loch Maree has its own monster in the form of the muc-sheilch.
The loch is often referred to as the most beautiful loch in the Highlands.
Ardmair is a village in Wester Ross, in the North West Highlands.
A fishing village, Ardmair is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Ullapool along the A835 road.
It is a popular holiday resort, with a caravan site and a number of holiday homes. During the holidays, visitors can hire a boat from the beach at Ardmair, including canoe boats.
The peak of Ben Mor Coigach is to the north, and is sometimes climbed by people staying in Ardmair.
Ardmair lies on the shores of Loch Kanaird. The River Kanaird flows into Loch Kanaird to the north of Ardmair Point; it rises in the hills to the north-east of Ullapool.
On the right hand side of Ardmair Bay is Isle Martin, about a kilometre from Ardmair Point at its nearest point.
This island is managed as a nature reserve, and was owned by the RSPB until 1999.
On 3 May 1999 ownership of the island passed to a charitable trust formed by the local community, who agreed to assume responsibility for the island.
A passenger ferry running from Ardmair to Isle Martin operates during the summer.
The sheltered Glen of Flowerdale, near Loch Gairloch, is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. A number of new footpaths have been created recently. The lands hereabouts have been in the hands of the Mackenzies of Gairloch for hundreds of years.
Much work has been done by the estate to improve and restore the native woodland making this area and the walks very attractive.
Loch Ewe is a sea loch in the region of Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
The shores are inhabited by a traditionally Gàidhlig speaking people living in or sustained by crofting villages, the most notable of which, situated on the north-eastern shore, is the Aultbea settlement.
The four-mile long River Ewe enters Loch Ewe from the following thirteen lochs of the surrounding basins (Ardlair, Slattadale and Ghruididh):
Little Loch Broom lies just to the west, at the foot of An Teallach and opening into the Minch.
The village of Dundonnell is located at the mouth of the loch, linked by the A832 coast road to Camusnagaul on the eastern shore, midway up the loch, and Badcaul further north. The loch is an important wildlife habitat, and a population of cormorants often bask on the rocks jutting out of the water.