North­ern lights

Take a trip through the High­lands of Scot­land

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An early start will make the most of this epic route, but be sure to down a full Scot­tish be­fore set­ting off – you’ll need it. Head north­west from Cri­an­larich on the A82 and en­joy the first of many grin-in­duc­ing sec­tions as you chase a glo­ri­ous rib­bon of tar­mac across open moor­land to ride the spec­tac­u­lar Glen Coe pass. Push on to In­ver­garry, via Fort Wil­liam and Spean Bridge. Take the A87 from In­ver­garry and surf the curves be­tween loch and glen, beck­oned on­ward by a flow­ing road set against a truly breath­tak­ing back­drop. From here on, the roads get nar­rower (for a while at least) and down to a sin­gle-track in places. The go­ing may be slower, but the in­cred­i­ble land­scape doesn’t let up. Fol­low the A896 for nine miles to Tor­na­press, where you’ll find the start of Scot­land’s third high­est road, the fa­mous Bealach na Bà. This twisted cor­nu­copia of steep gra­di­ents and tight turns snakes its way up and over the Ap­ple­cross penin­sula in true Alpine style and must be tack­led with care. Stop at the view­point for an oblig­a­tory selfie be­fore de­scend­ing to Ap­ple­cross and a well-de­served lunch at the Inn. From there you’re look­ing for the A832 from Kin­lochewe via Gair­loch – it’s noth­ing short of motorcycling nir­vana. There are 60 miles of rolling, wind­ing (mostly) twolane tar­mac that loops out to the coast, around and back, re­veal­ing ever more awe­some­ness at ev­ery twist and turn.

Stun­ning scenery takes your mind off some of the badly-sur­faced roads

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