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The west coast of the northern highlands offers perhaps the most spectacular scenery in Britain and makes for a wonderful road trip.

From the Kyle of Lochalsh, a gateway to the Isle of Skye and home to picture perfect Eileen Donan Castle, the winding coast road runs all the way to the northern tip of Scotland and takes in a breath-taking mixture of pristine, windswept beaches, glistening sea lochs, craggy headlands, hidden coves and inviting villages, all backed by the imposing Highlands.

Various options for activities exist in the area –boat trips on the lochs, beautiful coastal walks or challenging hikes into the hills, sea kayaking around the stunning coast, and visits to waterfalls and castle ruins. The wonderful fresh seafood available everywhere is also a highlight.

While the east coast lacks the jaw-dropping vistas of the west, it offers some of Scotland’s wildest, most remote landscape, far away from tourist crowds. The main road hugs the coastline, offering expansive views across the North Sea, broken by the odd farm or the welcome site of a traditional Highland town. The area north of Inverness contains many well-preserved prehistoric sites as well as the Glenmorangie distilliary.