When you look at the map, Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart. You could easily drive the 108 miles in 2.5 hours; maybe a bit longer if there is a lot of traffic, as opportunities to overtake slower vehicles are rather slim. But why would you want to rush through one of Scotland’s most beautiful road trips? From iconic mountain views to gorgeous waterfalls, there are many scenic stops between Glasgow and Fort William.

This road trip guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car – which stops to include, driving info, where to stay and of course a guide to vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

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Scotland is full of amazing road trips, and even though you can easily travel around the country by train or bus, hiring a car will always be my preferred mode of travelling around Scotland! There is just nothing like the ability to stop wherever you want, hang around as long as you want and take detours to reach even more beautiful spots along the way.

You’ll follow this road if you use my Best of Scotland itinerary!

Purple flowers blooming in front of mountain view at Rannoch Moor in Scotland.

These are some of the most-asked questions I see regarding Scotland road trips: Should we spend a night somewhere on our way to Skye? If so, where? What are some nice places to stop along the way?

Yet, way too many people seem to rush through this section of the Scottish Highlands, often in pursuit of making it to Loch Ness or the Isle of Skye from Glasgow or Edinburgh in one day.

The scenic drive from Glasgow to Fort William is particularly dear to me. It was one of the first road trips I’ve ever done in Scotland, driving to Ballachulish for a weekend trip with a local mountaineering club.

Last year I hiked part of this journey along the West Highland Way and got even closer to this beautiful landscapes.

This is why I want to share some of my favourite photo spots and scenic stops along the way from Glasgow to Fort William by car!

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13 scenic stops on the road to Fort William


Stop for 30 minutes for a little walk or coffee (minimum)

Far from a hidden gem, Luss village is one of the most popular stops on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Expect to share the gorgeous views with a lot of other tourists; potentially even bus-loads of them!

From the beach of Luss you get great views over towards Ben Lomond and back down towards the many islands in the loch. I also like walking through the village, especially during the summertime, when the flowers bloom in all colours!

Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!


Stop for 15-20 minutes for a little walk

There are several viewpoints along Loch Lomond, but my favourite is by far Inveruglas, about 3/4  up the shoreline. There is a cafe that is open during the summer and a trail that leads through a small woodland towards the water.

You can also catch one of the Loch Lomond Cruise boats from here, if you want to make it a longer stop.

Last year they built a new viewing platform facing south and overlooking the loch, which makes for a great photo op.

Alternative hiking stop: If you spread out this road trip across a few days, this is your perfect opportunity to hike Ben Vane! Leave your car parked at Inveruglas and make your way to the top – the hike takes 4 – 6 hours.

There are a few options for accommodation at Loch Lomond, or also in the nearby town Crianlarich along the road towards Fort William.

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Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

The Drovers Inn

Stop for 20-25 minutes for a hot cup of tea or stay overnight

The Drovers Inn is one of Scotland’s most famous pubs and has welcomed prominent guests like Rob Roy or Gerard Butler. The interior of the pub looks like it has not changed much since it was first opened in 1705.

A visit to the Drovers Inn is like a journey back in time. You will rub shoulders with many curious day-trippers, but also with hikers who stop here along the West Highland Way.

The pub serves food and drinks and for a very special experience, you could also spend the night here. But beware, it is rumoured to be one of the most haunted hotels in Britain!

The Drovers Inn historical pub in Scotland

Falls of Falloch

Stop for 20-25 minutes for a little walk

Falls of Falloch is a beautiful waterfall on the River Falloch, just north of Loch Lomond. It drops 10m in a single leap into a large pool surrounded by woodlands. It is a great stop for a quick leg stretcher and a few photos of the waterfall.

Make sure to not overlook the rust-coloured viewing platform that blends perfectly into the winter colours of the woodland.

Note that the car park at the Falls of Falloch is pretty small and can be muddy. This stop has become super busy with motorhomes lately, so it may not always be possible to stop.

A waterfall in the Scottish Highlands - Falls of Falloch by Loch Lomond.

Bridge of Orchy

Stop for 10-15 minutes for photos, or longer for lunch

Bridge of Orchy is a tiny, but picturesque hamlet along the A82, barely more than a hotel, a few houses and a train station. Yet – or maybe because of that – it is an incredibly scenic stop in the Scottish Highlands.

This photo was taken from the small bridge over the River Orchy below the hotel, which by the way also serves great food (and has vegan options available)!

Alternative lunch stop: The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum (7 miles before Bridge of Orchy) serves award-winning fish & chips and they also have a great vegan selection!

Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

Loch Tulla

Stop for 5-10 minutes for photos

Loch Tulla is a beautiful Highland loch that you drive along soon after Bridge of Orchy. On the western shore lies Inverornan Hotel, a popular stop-off for hikers on the West Highland Way.

Once you’ve passed the loch, the road climbs upwards to a viewpoint from where you can overlook the valley the loch lies in. From this point onwards you can no longer deny that you are in the heart of the Scottish Highlands!

Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

Rannoch Moor

Stop for 10-15 minutes to take in the views

Rannoch Moor is one of Scotland’s most remote landscape as it stretches for miles entirely uninhabited. The road leads you right through the boggy moorland, past shallow lochs beneath towering peaks.

There is a small layby at the beginning of Rannoch Moor to your right – it’s almost too easy to miss it. If you manage to stop, take a few moments to breathe in the wild air of the moor. If you raced past it, don’t fret – even from the moving car you get an idea of how beautiful and expansive this landscape is! 

There is another beautiful viewpoint at a layby near the other end of Rannoch Moor – on Google Maps, you can find it by navigating to Loch Ba viewpoint.

Rannoch Moor - Loch Ba Viewpoint

Glen Etive

Take 30 minutes for a drive off the main road – or longer to drive all the way to Loch Etive

Glen Etive has risen to world fame as a film location in James Bond’s Skyfall. But even without Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig or an Aston Martin, this glen is one of my favourite road trips in Scotland.

You follow a narrow single track road along the River Etive, which eventually flows into the scenic Loch Etive. The mountain views along this road are gorgeous and definitely worth the detour off the main road.

Buachaille Etive Mor

Stop for 20-25 minutes for a little walk

One of Scotland’s most iconic peaks towers over one of it’s most instagrammed buildings: the mountain is Buachaille Etive Mor and the Highland cottage is Lagangarbh Hut. Both make the car park by Altnafeadh a very popular pit-stop for many road trippers.

You can park in the very rough car park in Altnafaedh – although your car might be better off if you pull into the Devil’s Staircase layby on the right side of the road.

I like to leave the car behind and walk towards the cottage, snapping photos of the mountain and the entrance to Glen Coe. A variety of hiking trails starts here, so if you can spare the time, plan in a longer stop (maybe even a full day) to climb a hill in the area.

A lonely whiter cabin in front on a tall mountain and purple flowers blooming in Glencoe in Scotland.

Glen Coe

Stop for 1-1.5 hours in total at multiple sites for photos and a little walk

Before you reach shores of Loch Leven you first need to drive through one of Scotland’s most famous valleys – Glen Coe. Branded forever with the history of the bloody Glen Coe Massacre, but blessed with stunning mountain views, this valley is a must-see destination in Scotland.

There are several car parks throughout the valley where you can stop for photos. A layby that is easy to miss allows you to walk towards a waterfall, nicknamed ‘Tears of MacDonald’. As you drive a little further you should stop at the next car park on the left to get a good view of the Three Sisters mountain range and the Aonach Eagach ridge which enclose the glen.

A bit further, I recommend stopping at the An Torr car park to stretch your legs on a little walk to Signal Rock. The views back into the valley over the River Coe are magnificent  – and don’t require much effort!

Glencoe Lochan

Stop for 1 hour for a little walk

At the outskirts of Glencoe Village you can immerse yourself in nature without having to climb a strenuous mountain or stop for many hours.

The trails around Glencoe Lochan – a small lake at the foot of the Pap of Glencoe hill – are easily accessible and easily walked in about an hour.

There are three different trail leading through the woodland, around the lochan and up onto a little hill, which are all clearly marked on a board at the car park.

A mountain and a green lake - The Pap of Glencoe above Glencoe Lochan

Loch Linnhe

Stop for 5-10 minutes for photos

From Glen Coe the road leads along Loch Leven and over the Ballachulish Bridge. Once across the bridge, there are a few laybys along the way and opportunities to stop for loch views.

One not to miss is the Loch Linnhe car park from where you can enjoy an unobstructed view across the water to the peak of Garbh Bheinn.

From here it is just a short drive into Fort William, where I recommend spending at least one night, before making your way deeper into the Highlands or towards the Scottish Isles.

Listen to ‘Road to the Isles’ – an episode about the drive from Fort William to Mallaig on my Scotland podcast!

Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

Nevis Range, Fort William

Stop for 3-4 hours for easy walk to the viewpoints

I recommend visiting the Nevis Range near Fort William! No matter what time of the year, the views you get from the mountain viewpoints on top of Aonach Mor are amazing!

There is a gondola, making it even easier to reach them. Two loop trails lead to viewpoints overlooking the Great Glen, Fort William, Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond. You might even spot Ben Nevis behind you!

The walks only take about 40 minutes to an hour each and are clearly marked. During the winter, it is a great idea to rent snowshoes and try a new activity, while also taking in the views!

Of course, there are many more things to do in Fort William!

You might also like: My Fort William Travel Guide

Most Scenic Drives in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car | Watch Me See | On the map Glasgow and Fort William seem just a hop, a skip and a jump apart, but it is one of Scotland's most beautiful drives! This guide includes everything you need to know about getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car: photo stops, road info, where to stay and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area!

How to get from Glasgow to Fort William by car?

As I mentioned above, theoretically it takes 2.5 hours to drive from Glasgow to Fort William. However, you should plan at least one full day for this road trip in order to be able to stop at all these places.

If you use my 8-day Scotland itinerary, this list translates into a suggested itinerary for day 2, but you could easily add another night between Glen Coe or Fort William to get the most out of the area. This is particularly recommended during the shorter days of winter!

The roads are generally in very good condition, only between Tarbet and Ardlui along Loch Lomond the road is pretty narrow and wedged between the water and rocky walls on either side of it. There are a few potholes and sometimes road works slow down traffic. Always be prepared to give way to oncoming traffic, particularly lorries and campervans!

A note on petrol | There are plenty of service stations between Glasgow and Fort William, but as you might be able to guess, petrol is cheaper in the bigger cities, so try to avoid having to fill up in the middle of nowhere!

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Driving across Rannoch Moor in Scotland.

Vegan Food on the road to Fort William

If you’ve followed my vegan travels around Scotland so far, you’ll know that it is a lot easier to find vegan-friendly restaurants in Scotland than you’d first expect. It is in no way different when driving from Glasgow to Fort William, and unless you bring your own packed lunches and stay at self-catering accommodation, there are plenty of vegan-friendly options to choose from along the way!

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Country Mumkins At The Artisan Cafe | We stopped here for coffee along the West Highland Way and I was positively surprised to find that the little coffee shop just off the A82 by Auchtertyre actually offers soy milk.

Real Food Cafe | This fish & chip shop in Tyndrum has won many awards for its range of seafood suppers, but there even is a vegetarian and vegan section on the menu. I love the lentil burger with chips and vegan cheese, but they also do my favourite vegan haggis with peppercorn sauce!

Bridge of Orchy Hotel | This beautiful hotel at the side of the A82 is another popular stop for walkers along the West Highland Way. When I had dinner here during the trek, I was quickly shown the separate vegetarian menu and the staff was helpful in pointing out which dishes would be free of animal products. I had a risotto and it tasted delicious!

Clachaig Inn | The Clachaig Inn is a Glen Coe institution and a popular choice to reward yourself after a long day in the hills or on the road. The staff is very helpful in finding a vegan option for you. During out WHW trek I had a delicious burger with chips – and a view!

Vegan-friendly restaurants in Fort William | Surprisingly enough, it was actually a bit tricky to find vegan food options in Fort William, but they are there if you know where to look. For a special meal with a great view, head down to Crannog Seafood. I was told that the chef’s partner is vegetarian, so he is happy to whip up a vegan alternative for you. But book ahead – it’s a popular restaurant with limited seating. Along the High Street there are a few more options. The staff at The Grog & Gruel was very helpful in putting together a vegan Fajitas tray for me, and the Wetherspoon’s at the end of the West Highland Way even has a vegan section on the menu! If you’re looking for a coffee with soy milk, the only option I could find in town was the Costa coffee shop.

Snowgoose Restaurant | If you follow my advice to hang around Fort William a little longer and spend a day exploring the Nevis Range, consider having a hearty lunch at the restaurant inside the mountain station on top of Aonach Mor. There are several labelled vegan options on the menu; just specify that you don’t want the coleslaw, otherwise it might land on your plate by default.

Baked potatoe with vegan chilli and salad

Accommodation in Fort William area

There really is no shortage of accommodation in the Fort William area – Bed & Breakfasts line the shore of Loch Linnhe for miles before you reach the town, there are multiple hotels in the area, plenty of self-catering cottages and of course a variety of budget options and hostels. Here are a few options I’ve tested myself:

Glencoe Youth Hostel | The Hostelling Scotland hostel in Glencoe is about half an hour’s walk from the village, but wins me over with its surrounding woodlands and nature. The hostel has small dorms (3-7 beds in bunks and singles) as well as a twin room – all with shared bathrooms. The self-catering facilities are amazing, the hostel is very clean and there is a handy drying room! £13.50/night pls membership fee.

Glencoe Independent Hostel | An incredibly budget-friendly option right next to Glencoe Youth Hostel. The lovely hostel is spread across several buildings and bunk bed accommodation starts at £14. The main building has a cozy fireplace for cold nights and you have access to self-catering facilities!

Minaig B&B | The first B&B in Scotland I’ve ever stayed in and I still remember it fondly whenever I drive past it. It’s a short walk away from Fort William, next to the main road, but still fairly quiet and offers gorgeous views from the rooms! Price per night starts at  £37.50 per person (double occupancy).

Muthu Hotel | At the end of our trek along the WHW we stayed at Muthu Hotel (then West End Hotel) in the centre of Fort William. While the hotel could do with a bit of modernisation, its location is too good to be true! Price per night starts at £65 (double room).

House in the Wood | One of my favourite digs in the Fort William area is this self-catering cabin in Glen Achulish near Ballachulish. Surrounded by a light natural woodland, the cabin has a wood-burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen and is just a stone’s throw away from the shore of Loch Leven! Price starts at £175 for two nights (minimum) and the cabins sleep 6 people each.

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A wooden cabin in the woods in Scotland.

Rushing through Scotland is never a good idea. Even a simple road trip like Glasgow to Fort William can easily be turned into a multiple-day adventure with plenty of stops for photos, food and hiking.

I hope that my guide for traveling from Glasgow to Fort William by car has inspired you plan a road trip to this wonderful region yourself!

Or have you done it already? I would love to hear your stories in the comments!

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56 thoughts on “Scenic Road Trips in Scotland: From Glasgow to Fort William by Car

  1. Alice says:

    Hello. I’ve just found your site, and really appreciate all the intel and experience. We are spending a week on our own there in September. Would it be doable to do this road-trip, in addition to Oban ? In one day, coming from Edinburgh. We have lodging booked in Fort William for our first night. Many thanks again !

    • Kathi says:

      Hi Alice, it’s definitely possible to drive from Edinburgh to Oban and on to Fort William in a day, but you will have to choose fewer places to stop. Detouring to Oban ads about 40 miles to your trip (55 miles if you also detour down Glencoe on the way to FW). I personally wouldn’t do it because I’d rather have more time in the places along the way than adding more miles to my drive.

  2. Abbas Mir says:

    Hi Kathi,

    Love the route, me thing does google maps permit your to download the route? The route opens in google maps but their doesn’t seem to be an option to save.


    • Kathi says:

      If you tap the little star on the embedded map in the blog post, the map should save to your Google maps account (make sure you’re logged in). You can then find it by going to your saved places on the app, and navigating to “Maps” at the very bottom! Unfortunately there is no way to use a saved map offline as far as I know, but if you open it whole connected, it should still be displayed even if you are offline as long as you don’t close the app. Hope this helps!

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  5. Gustavo says:

    Hey Kathi,

    That was a wonderful post, is exactly what I needed.
    My plan is to follow your itinerary but after Fort William I thought I would keep going to Skye.
    Do you think I can make it in one day (and not arrive terribly late in Portree), if we leave really early from Glasgow?

    • Kathi says:

      Hm… theoretically it’s possible, for sure; but would I recommend it? No – not really. There is much natural beauty on the way between Glasgow and Fort William and on to Portree, I don’t see the point driving past it without being able to really stop to take it in, because you have more miles to cover. I’d say, if you have limited time, choose a smaller radius and enjoy immersing yourself in the areas you can easily cover. There is nothing you find on Skye, that you can’t find elsewhere closer to Glasgow/on the mainland! Have a lovely trip!

  6. annie says:

    Hey Kathie,
    This is such a helpful post! I am going to visit Skye and your itinerary makes so much sense. But I have already booked my hotels so I am wondering if the route back to glasgow was any different from fort william and I could take up this exploration on the way back rather than way forward. Also I am considering stopping at Glen Lyon instead of Fort william. You think this works?

    • Kathi says:

      Hi Annie, I’m not 100% I understand your question. Do you just want to do this route in reverse? Absolutely doable, just reverse the order of places I mention here. Regarding Glenlyon, it’s quite a detour from Fort William – if you look at the map, it’s not on the most direct way from Skye to Glasgow. It is a beautiful place though. On Google Maps you can look at the route from Skye to Glasgow and add a place in Glenlyon as stop in between by clicking Add destination (for example Bridge of Balgie if you want to drive the whole valley, or Fortingall if you’re not so bothered by driving through it all) – it’s a completely different route you’d take, not the A82! Of course, you can drive a detour from the A82 to Glenlyon and head back to the A82 the next day, but you’re adding at least an hour-1.5 hours of driving onto your journey. Personally, I’d rather stay en route, than do such a big detour. Is there a specific reason to drive to Glenlyon? I hope this helps! All the best, Kathi

  7. David Cameron says:

    You’ve made the itinerary job easy for me. Been planning a road trip with friends over the weekend and this’ll make a great addition.
    And thanks for the info on hostels and B&B’s. You’re great!

    • Kathi says:

      Hi David, thanks for taking the time to leave a few comments! I’m glad you found some ideas to add to your road trip itinerary on my blog and hope you have a great trip!! Cheers, Kathi

  8. Carrie says:

    What a wonderful post! Thanks for all the terrific information! I absolutely want to do these sites on the first stretch of my trip. I’ll be traveling to Glasgow this June and plan to do 3-4 days driving and doing day hikes in a circuit (up to Fort William, over to perhaps the southern edge of Cairgorms past Blair Atholl and drive back to fly out of Glasgow). Any recommendations for day hikes and lodging along that general route? I would have loved to do multi-day hikes and stay in bothies but’ll have no gear with me. Many thanks for advice. Looking forward to reading more of this blog! Cheers

    • Kathi says:

      Hello Carrie, thanks for taking the time to write a comment on my post – I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂 Do you know the website walkhighlands.co.uk? It’s a brilliant resource for hikes all over Scotland and you can find hikes in the areas you mentioned very easily. If you’d like more support, take a look at my travel consultation packages: https://watchmesee.com/watch-me-see-scotland-travel-consultation/ I’d be delighted to help you with your research! I am starting to work with new clients again next week (beginning of May). All the best, Kathi

  9. swan says:

    awesome writeup. I did this leg enroute to skye in 2013, and am actually flying to glasgow as we speak, to make this exact trip with my wife!! Android recommended your post to me and the fact that we are also vegan is a bit uncanny, but useful!! thanks and we look forward to seeing Glen Lochan, I wanted to ascend the 3 sisters but itll be too windy and cold so a leisure walk in the woods would be dandy. cheers!!

    • Kathi says:

      Ha ha these recommendations are sometimes scarily accurate! Hope you find the rest of my blog also useful and that you have a fantastic trip!

  10. Erin M. says:

    This looks like a wonderful road trip! I’ll be in Scotland for the first time towards the end of this coming April. I was hoping to get around just on public transport since I’ve never driven on the other side of the road and really don’t know what I would be getting into, but some of our planned itinerary is making things look like having a rental car would be better. I see that you mentioned a few narrow stretches but overall, would you say Scotland is easy to drive around if it’s my first time on the left side of the road?

    • Kathi says:

      Hi Erin, it’s incredible how fast you get used to the other side of the road! I’d say, if you are otherwise a confident driver, you should be fine! Just remember to stay left at crossings and in roundabouts, and take it easy. Don’t let other drivers stress you out and do everything at your own pace. It’s possible to have a fantastic Scotland vacation on public transport, but as you say, some places are simply only accessible by car!

  11. Rachel Naveh says:

    Did it twice in a car. Once on the way from Glasgow to Inverness with detour to Eilean Donan castle and 2nd time on the way to isle of Skye. Scenic and wonderful.

  12. Ned says:

    Hi Kathi,
    Very helpful trip. Since I am a new driver taking an expedition towards Scotland, is there any advice on how to reach each of these stops. Like are these on a major A road or would you be able to share tips on nearest car park / post codes etc. I may sound naive in asking this, but I am worried on missing out the spot if I keep driving and may end up not finding the places. I would want to make a sat-nav path before I start so that I am not fumbling to find the locations.

    • Kathi says:

      Hi Ned, all these stops are along the A82 from Glasow to Inverness via Fort William. Some of the places on the list have a signpost on the road for the car park (like Luss, Inveruglas, Falls of Falloch or the An Toor walk in Glencoe) other times they are unnamed car parks next to the road. They are really hard to miss, apart from the first one at Rannoch Moor – but if you miss that one, there are a few more to come. I suggest, you just drive slowly and stop whenever the scenery gets too beautiful to ignore from the driver’s seat! A lot of the places are also searchable on Google Maps, which might help with navigation! Have a great trip!

  13. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for this – detour to Loch Etive SO worth it; we wouldn’t have given the turn off a second thought if it wasn’t for your advice!

    • Kathi says:

      I’m so glad to hear that – it’s such a lovely drive! I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! Thanks for letting me know you found my tips useful – it always makes my day 🙂

  14. Manfred says:

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. We did the drive from Glasgow to Fort William yesterday and used your blog as a guide. We stopped at every point. The drive on the single road to Loch Etive was especially spectacular, definitely worth the detour.
    One day is doable, but you have to rush a bit at every stop, so no time to do any long hikes. If you have the time, I would advise to do it in 2 or maybe 3 days, but unfortunately we didn’t have time for that, since we only planned 10 days in Scotland. Next stop for today and tomorrrow: Isle of Skye.

    • Kathi says:

      I definitely agree – you could spend days on this route alone, especially if you’d like to do some hiking! I’m glad you enjoyed the route and my recommendations for stops! I hope you’ll come back one day and spend more time in the area 😀 Have fun on Skye!!

    • Kathi says:

      Glen Etive is a great place to have on your bucket list 😀 Thanks for your comment and welcome to Watch Me See! Did you know I send out a monthly email to my subscribers? If you’re interested, you can sign up at the bottom of my website!

  15. M says:

    First of all, thank you for this post as it gives me an idea on how to plan my road trip.
    i’ll be travelling to Scotland this coming April and i’m still a bit overwhelmed by too much info that i’ve found on this internet. This post is exactly what i’m looking for! 🙂
    Initially, i wanted to visit Skye but after reading your blog, i think i’d better do “Glencoe-Oban-Mull/Tobermory” .. i’ll start my trip from Glasgow in the morning..
    Do you think it’s possible that i follow your route then make a detour to Oban (2 nights), then off to Tobermory for another 2 nights and back to Edinburgh?


  16. Josy A says:

    Those stop offs (and well, the whole journey) looks fantastic! Especially the views from Glen Coe. I have enever driven in Scotland. I really do need to have a holiday up there once we live in the UK again!

  17. Zara says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Scotland. I went for the first time in 2016. There really is no excuse as I’ve lived in the UK all my life. Need to see more of Scotland!

  18. Suz says:

    This is a fantastic review of one of my favourite roads. Loving the snow you had as well. Seems a long while since I visited Rannoch Moor, think it needs to be on the plan for this summer.

    • Kathi says:

      We were so lucky with the sunshine – and the snow was just gorgeous!! Rannoch Moor is one of my favourite landscapes in Scotland – hoping to do more hiking in that area soon!

  19. Jacky says:

    Oh my gosh, your pictures are incredible! I really fell in love with Scotland when we visited Edinburgh and I’m so keen on going back soon! I could even see myself living there, haha. Definitely keeping this post handy for the future 🙂

    • Kathi says:

      I agree 100%! That train journey is incredible! I love going along the water of Loch Long, but then the section crossing Rannoch Moor is just incredible! Definitely worth going both, by car and by train!!

  20. Susanne Arbuckle says:

    My parents used to live in Bridge of Orchy and I actually lived and worked there myself for a while, I even got married there! As you can imagine this whole road-trip is filled with special places and memories for me. Thanks for sharing some lovely inspiration 🙂

    • Kathi says:

      WOW what a place to live – I’d love to spend more time in that area!! Did I miss any favourite place of yours that you think people should know about?

  21. Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad says:

    Incredible photos!! This is undoubtedly one of the best road trips in the world! 🙂 I camped somewhere between the Bridge Of Orchy and Glen Coe and it was absolutely incredible! Love all your suggestions, we actually missed a couple of them and the weather wasn’t great so we’re definitely going to have to go back! (Like we need an excuse)

    • Kathi says:

      Yeah, the weather is a massive factor in this part of Scotland. This was the best I’ve ever seen it and it was incredible!! Where you wild-camping?

        • Kathi says:

          Oh, you stayed near the King’s House! It’s a shame what they’re doing to that building despite the fact that it’s listed… Apparently they will keep some parts of the original structure in the new hotel, but much less than they stated in the beginning… I’m quite sure you can still wild camp around there though! We did that once in spring time too 🙂

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