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Glencoe, Scotland

Loch Lomond to Glencoe Scenic Drive, Scotland

Experience the true heart of Scotland as you drive through the beautiful Highlands on this scenic drive from Loch Lomond to Glencoe.  If you love the Scottish legends of Rob Roy and Braveheart, superlative scenery and loads of history, then this is the route for you.  The drive takes you from the very beautiful Loch Lomond, (just 35min drive from Glasgow) through the stunning mountains, valleys, lakes and gorges of the Trossachs to atmospheric Glencoe. 

The drive is not long and could be completed in less than 2 hours if you were to resist all temptations to stop for photo opportunities.  One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the history and traditions of Bonny Scotland is to see all these sights from the comfort of your own vehicle; a motorhome rental or campervan hire is a great way to tour Scotland and on this stretch of scenic highway you will find dozens of places to stop all along the way to take wonderful photos and enjoy some of the many outdoor pursuits on offer.

In Loch Lomond National Park you can enjoy some of the many water-based activities on this vast freshwater lake, the largest in Britain.  Try your hand at canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing or swimming, or go for a ride around the lake on the water bus, stopping off in one of the shore locations for a bite of lunch.  There are several camping and caravan parks for overnight stops in and around the National Park and it would be a great place to spend a few days enjoying the great outdoors.  Be sure to visit Drovers Inn, a 300 year old pub said to have been a watering-hole for the infamous Rob Roy, and rumoured to be haunted! 

From Loch Lomond your drive will take you across the wild and wonderful Rannoch Moor as you climb up towards the Highlands.  Rannoch Moor is one of the last truly wild and rather desolate parts of Scotland, full of atmosphere, particularly on a stormy day when you will experience the real essence of Scotland.

From Rannoch Moor you gradually approach Glen Coe (meaning a narrow glen), which passes through majestic mountain scenery, unbeaten anywhere else in the region.  Finally you will reach the little village of Glencoe, where the Glencoe Massacre took place, and the official end of this particular drive.  A great option is to continue to Oban and visit a couple of castles to complete your tour.

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