Scotland is such a unique and beautiful country that it really deserves a lot of your time. there is so much to see and do that fitting it all in is quite impossible.
However, if you are pushed for time but want to explore Scotland by car and do a road trip then we highly recommend this looped route from Loch Lomond through Glen Coe, Fort William, Oban, Inveraray and back.
Of course, you can break up the journey by staying overnight and below we’ve listed a few places we would recommend.
We have a deep appreciation for Scotland, and our number one area is Loch Lomond, closely followed by the road to and including Glencoe.
This road trip is one of our all time favourites and we are lucky enough to have done it multiple times already, and we can verify any season is perfect for this trip (but do note if there is heavy snowfall some of the roads may close but there is always alternative routes).
Why do we love this road trip so much? There is everything that makes Scotland so beautiful and magical – from lochs and mountains to quaint villages and ruined castles, and from James Bond and to Harry Potter, with majestic deer’s thrown into the mix too!
You can start this route anywhere be it Edinburgh, Glasgow or further afield. We are starting in Loch Lomond, and definitely feel free to stop here and explore for longer.
We have a Comprehensive Loch Lomond Itinerary for you to check out too!
Luss, Loch Lomond
Luss is a picturesque conservation village in the heart of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, take a wander through the village passing stone cottages which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries to house workers in the nearby quarry, and make your way to the pier which overlooks Loch Lomond, spot Ben Lomond and marvel at the islands dotted around. You can also get out on the water here on kayak like us!
Stay here overnight: Lodge on Loch Lomond. Rooms from £150. Loch Views and even a sauna in the Deluxe Corbett’s and Suites
> Luss – Inveruglas 18 min / 12 miles
There are many viewpoints along the A82 which takes you through Loch Lomond but one we suggest is Inveruglas. There is a short woodland trail that leads you to An Ceann Mòr – the Inveruglas Pyramid which is a viewing platform / art installation. There is also a shop and café at the carpark and from here you can hike some of the many nearby hills and mountains or hop on a Loch Lomond Cruise boat which takes you around the loch with commentary of the local areas history
> Inveruglas - The Drovers Inn 11 min / 6 miles
The Drovers, Inverarnan
If you like ghost stories then stop by the Drovers Inn which is rumoured to be one of the most haunted hotels in Britain. If nothing else it certainly is a quirky place to stop in for a drink or a bite to eat
> The Drovers Inn - Falls of Falloch 3 min / 2.2 miles
Falls of Falloch
Situated at the north part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park you will find the easily accessible Falls of Falloch which is a stunning 30ft high waterfall surrounded by woodlands
Views enroute near the village of Crainlarich 'the gateway to the Highlands'
> Falls of Falloch - Loch Tulla viewpoint 25 min / 20 miles
Loch Tulla Viewpoint
Staying on the A82 and passing through the small village of Bridge of Orchy you will soon drive past Loch Tulla where you start to gain height as the roads starts an ascent to Rannoch Moor and Glencoe
At the top of the road there is a viewpoint, be sure to pull in here to apricate the valley and road you’ve just travelled along. Loch Tulla is set against the backdrop of mountains and more often than not you will also find deer strolling around here!
View our blog post of stunning winter scenes
> Loch Tulla Viewpoint - Rannoch Moor 6 min / 4.2 miles