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Scottish highlands drive



Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
Now that I'm finally allowed to travel to see my Girlfriend after 14 weeks it made the perfect excuse to go the long way and hit some decent roads.
Perfect time to do it, quietest I've even driven the roads across the Cairngorm and north of Inverness. Only got the 1 decent picture unfortunately.
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Not my tyre marks 😂
 

Mavez

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio & No Megane
Good times on those roads. Always remember every winter hoping and praying my mates 1.2 Corsa would make it up the hill to the Lecht. haha
 

Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
Good times on those roads. Always remember every winter hoping and praying my mates 1.2 Corsa would make it up the hill to the Lecht. haha
Yeah so good to get back out on some decent roads! Haha always catches you out and need another gear.
 

plenty

ClioSport Club Member
Debatable

Definitely one of the best though
That sounds like the kind of debate I would enjoy :cool:

The B4391 from Bala to Porthmadog comes a close second, and I am fond of the roads around Moffat and Selkirk and in the Pennines, but nothing beats the A939 especially the northernmost section.

Fortunately for me, Henry Catchpole agrees (y)
 

-Jamie-

ClioSport Club Member
That sounds like the kind of debate I would enjoy :cool:

The B4391 from Bala to Porthmadog comes a close second, and I am am fond of the roads around Moffat and Selkirk and in the Pennines, but nothing beats the A939 especially the northernmost section.

Fortunately for me, Henry Catchpole agrees (y)
Have you ever been further north/West?

Some proper good roads up the famous NC500 route with some even better ones off the main loop and pretty much zero traffic. The Old Military road is better on the part past Glenshee imo like you say but I've got more preferred ones up the west over it, Location up there probably plays a part in that though. Ullapool-Scourie is a seriously good stretch as is the road from Ledbeg to Lairg. Everytime I've done that part there's been litreslly 0 traffic on it
 

plenty

ClioSport Club Member
Yep, been going to the highlands regularly since well before the NC500 was a thing. The section of A435 north of Ullapool is my favourite bit of the NC500. Although my favourite roads in the highlands aren’t on it: the Old Military Road, the “Scotsburgring” circumnavigating Loch Leven, the A830 “Road to the Isles” from Fort William to Mallaig, and the single-track between Tongue and Lairg. You would not believe how much fun a single-track road can be.

The Borders region also contains some stunning routes albeit doesn’t have the scenery of the north.
 
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-Jamie-

ClioSport Club Member
Glad you mentioned the Kinlochring

Worked at Loch Leven seafood cafe for a summer and that was my daily commute. There's was some days I'd do the loop multiple times, So good

Road out to Mallaig is great as well, Skye has some stonkers as well but you need to be there in the off season, otherwise its just full of tourists in rental cars
 

Twingo 1??

ClioSport Club Member
  Twingo 133 Cup,
Lots of nice roads up on the west coast when I lived in Oban. Kinlochring, Glen etive (when there are no f**king tourists), A816 from Lochgilphead to Oban, any road on the Isle of Mull, Ardnamurchan peninsula the list goes on!
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Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
The A93/A939 Blairgowrie to Tomintoul. The best road in the UK.
Agree its up there, going over from ballater then up over to Tomintoul is great. Some of the west coast stuff is better for views I'd say though!
 

Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
Yep, been going to the highlands regularly since well before the NC500 was a thing. The section of A435 north of Ullapool is my favourite bit of the NC500. Although my favourite roads in the highlands aren’t on it: the Old Military Road, the “Scotsburgring” circumnavigating Loch Leven, the A830 “Road to the Isles” from Fort William to Mallaig, and the single-track between Tongue and Lairg. You would not believe how much fun a single-track road can be.

The Borders region also contains some stunning routes albeit doesn’t have the scenery of the north.
Agree with all of those, would add in A86 Newtonmore to spean Bridge. Along loch Laggan is amazing just not often clear.
Also the A701 from peebles all the way to the M74 is a great diversion off the motorway.
 

Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
Hoping to do the nc500 soon and this image has got me excited for it. Even if its not the nc500
Luckily my girlfriend lives on Orkney so drive the east side of the NC500 and north coast regularly. Admittedly the east isn't as exciting as the west but some great sections north of Tain.
 

dann2707

ClioSport Club Member
Luckily my girlfriend lives on Orkney so drive the east side of the NC500 and north coast regularly. Admittedly the east isn't as exciting as the west but some great sections north of Tain.
That's awesome man. Very jealous. I want to do it in my mid engined, rear wheel drive, Lsd equipped car but getting up there is gonna prove to be difficult regarding noise and vibrations 😭😭😭
 

Twingo 1??

ClioSport Club Member
  Twingo 133 Cup,
That's awesome man. Very jealous. I want to do it in my mid engined, rear wheel drive, Lsd equipped car but getting up there is gonna prove to be difficult regarding noise and vibrations 😭😭😭
Just do it! My advice is do it feb/March. Its quite and the winter scenery is much better then more time socialising on an evening in the pub with a wee dram (y)
 

MrBlonde

ClioSport Club Member
Great roads through the caringorms & up past all the ski centres.Something i would like to do again next year heading upto do the NC500.

Also cool photo 😎
 

Short Legs

ClioSport Club Member
  a better one
The A93/A939 Blairgowrie to Tomintoul. The best road in the UK.
just been looking at that route on street view :love:

definatly added to the hit list. Only 5 hours from my house to Blairgowrie 😂

I think I would need to have a night (or two) in Edinburgh or the way up/down do make it more convenient.
 

Dan.G

ClioSport Club Member
  172 cup
Takes me an hour from my house to the top of the lecht road, makes for a good evening drive out!
 

dr54pvw

ClioSport Club Member
  2004 Clio 182 FF
Luckily my girlfriend lives on Orkney so drive the east side of the NC500 and north coast regularly. Admittedly the east isn't as exciting as the west but some great sections north of Tain.
The Tain area is my stomping ground - roads are quiet at the moment.

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However the Clio isn’t so quiet, since its exhaust decided to crack just after the cat.

2 weeks it lasted before it needed more work!
 

Darren S

ClioSport Club Member
Such an epic place to drive - the further north you go, the less traffic and great roads that you seem to get.

Loved the drive up to Cape Wrath and the loop back down. I think this was my favourite pic that I took on the trip - just summed up the openness and fun of the roads up there.

NEED to go back.... 😊

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