Take a trip through the Highlands of Scotland
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.