Some of Scotland’s most spectacular drives
If the Trossachs are God’s own hiking and biking country, they’re also where He’d take a Sunday drive! Our own lake road (B8034 from Port of Menteith) is one of the most beautiful, twisting and turning along the Lake of Menteith, with roe deer often seen nibbling the banks beside the road. Here are some of our other favourites:
Duke’s Pass Loop
The loop from Port of Menteith to Callander via Aberfoyle and Brig o’ Turk is 26 miles of driving heaven, taking in the Duke’s Pass, a section built by Queen Victoria so she could soak up the magnificent mountain views from horse-and-carriage. It’s even better if you detour via the Three Lochs Forest Drive, which starts two miles north of Aberfoyle and rejoins the loop 7.25 pine-lined, loch-laced miles later at Loch Achray. Here, you can also detour one-mile west to Loch Katrine for stunning lochside walks, cycles and scenic cruises on the steamer. Stop at Brig o’ Turk Tearoom or Venachar Lochside for lunch.
The 22 miles along the A85 between Callander and Killin has some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, passing Loch Lubhnaig, the 1870s Glen Ogle viaduct and the pretty Falls of Dochart – with a possible one-mile detour at Balquhidder to see Rob Roy’s grave. Balquhidder’s other unmissable detour is Mhor84, a boutique motel with superb restaurant and cafe.
To Loch Lomond
Drive west of Aberfoyle and you’re into some wonderfully wild, Highland-like terrain. It’s single track all the way once you pass the pretty lochside village of Kinlochard (fab cafe alert!), as the landscape becomes wilder and wilder, passing pretty Loch Chon and moody Loch Arklet before arriving on the shores of Loch Lomond at Inversnaid. Here, if you fancy a leg stretch, there is a lovely short walk along a picturesque section of the West Highland Way visiting Rob Roy’s Cave, then hop back in the car, and head back towards Lochend, detouring less than a mile to Stronachlachar, where the Pier Cafe serves lovely lunches overlooking Loch Katrine.