Mallaig coastal route
If by the time you get to Glencoe, you think you are remote, then take the road up to Mallaig via fort William. It really is a fantastic day out, with historic monuments, super landscapes and great beach walks available all along the route. Finish off in Mallaig where you can grab a bite to eat and a coffee in this quaint fishing port and ferry route out to the islands.
The Glenfinnan monument is a monument to the clansmen who followed Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 Jacobite Rising. If you’re having a drive out to Glenfinnan – it really is worth stopping off at the monument, and pay the few pounds to climb to the top of this tower – a very narrow spiral staircase takes you to the top where the view across Loch Shiel is stunning. Whilst here, just head up the hill a little and check out the small and stunning gothic style Glenfinnan church. A truly magical place to tie the knot if anyone is looking for marital inspiration.
Take the road towards Fort William and 4 miles after the Ballachulish bridge, take the Corran ferry over Loch Linnhe. From the other side of the water, you can then explore the Ardnamurchan peninsula – one of Scotlands natural treasures. Head all the way to Sanna Bay – with the right weather you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the Caribean. Stop at Glenmore on the way and visit The Nàdurra Visitor Centre which provides visitors with an introduction to the breathtaking variety of flora and fauna to be found in this beautiful corner of Scotland.
Fancy you chances of spotting the monster? Take the A82 up past Fort William and head towards Inverness. You can stop off at Fort Augustus at the Southerly end of the Loch and see the lock system on the Caledonian Canal. Head up the lochside towards Drumnadrochit, check out the magical Urquhart castle and have that video camera at the ready for when what lies beneath the water may show you it’s cheeky grin !!!!
Mull and Iona
Head to Oban and catch the early morning ferry over to Mull. You can visit the iconic Tobermory, awash with its colourfully painted harbour side houses, before driving around the circular road to some of the fantastic beaches. Climb a munro – Ben More – the only munro you have to get a ferry to in order to ascend. And if you fancy hoping on another ferry – then a quick hop over to Iona will reward you to more fantastic beaches, and the historic Iona Abbey