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Glencoe, Scotland

Loch Lomond to Glencoe Scenic Drive

Although the precise boundaries are not defined as such, the Scottish Highlands are culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands.  This area is also very important in Scottish history and the general history of the UK.  The scenic drive from Loch Lomond to Glencoe is a wonderful route to explore.  Especially if you happen to be in the Glasgow area or visiting other nearby towns and cities like Fort William, Edinburgh or Inverness.  If you are travelling from one end of Scotland to the other, you should certainly consider a one way car rental and including this piece of road in your travel plans.

Sights to enjoy in Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond should not just be considered the starting point of your journey but a destination in itself.  Make sure that you spend at least a couple of days in this area before you make your way to Glencoe. 

The Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre and the Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium are both great places to visit if you would like to get a good look at some wildlife and sea life.  It's particularly entertaining and educational for children.

Main landmarks and important structures include Kilchurn Castle, Hill House and Clydebank Titan.  The Cobbler geological formations are very popular among tourists and other top nature escapes include Dochart Falls, the hike to Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags, Loch Katrine and a visit to the Mugdock Country Park.

Loch Lomond to Glencoe

The first stretch of your trip will take you all the way along Loch Lomond and to a lovely little village that you will pass quite early on your way.  Many visitors choose to stop here so that they can enjoy a cruise on the Loch before continuing their drive.

As you drive further along the route, you will reach the Argyll Forest Park.  Horse enthusiasts can enjoy a wonderful woodland ride with plenty of views of the surrounding mountains, glens and lochs.  Inveruglas is another scenic spot to stop and you can visit the Isle of Inveruglas as well.  The Isle is home to a number of interesting ancient ruins.

Next up is Ardvorlich and all its interesting sights such as the Glenfiddich Distillery, Elgin Cathedral and the Thunderton House. 

As you continue, you will travel past Geal Loch, along the River Falloch and on to Crianlarich before turning to drive in a somewhat parallel direction with the River Fillan and make your way through Inverherive, Auchreoch and Tyndrum.  Tyndrum is a great place to stop, stretch your legs and enjoy a walk in the hills before driving on to Clifton and enjoy some climbing in Bridge of Orchy.

As you drive further, you will pass Loch Tulla, Loch Ba and cross River Etive.  The final stretch of your drive will take you past Kingshouse and on to Glencoe where you can enjoy some kayaking, power boating, nature walks and other outdoor activities.  The Glencoe Folk Museum is also a lovely place to stop and learn more about the local history and culture.

Although this drive only takes just over an hour to complete, there really is no need to rush.  There are plenty of accommodation options along the way so you can really take your time to enjoy every aspect of this route.