Glen Orchy, Glencoe and Loch Linnhe Loop, West Coast of the Scottish Highlands.
This ride is one of the most famous in Scotland – and for good reason. It offers unbeatable views, interesting stops, and towering mountains that make you feel like you’re riding through a film set.
Stage 1 (33 mins)
- Glencoe to Bridge of Orchy
Tip: Fill up your tank in Glencoe and make your way east towards The Meeting of Three Waters (which is a decent photo stop) and down to Bridge of Orchy.
Stage 2 (24 mins)
- Bridge of Orchy to Dalmally
Tip: The midges can get pretty bad around here during the warmer months of the year – so you might want to pack a midge net. The roads can also be uneven in places so it’s worth slowing it down to enjoy it properly.
Stage 3 (19 mins)
- Dalmally to Taynuit
Tip: The views get pretty stunning on this section but when it’s wet, it’s really wet. So make sure you’re prepared for all weathers before you go out.
Stage 4 (20 mins from Taynuit)
- Optional detour down to Oban
Tip: If you’ve got time, it’s probably worth going down to Oban. It’s famous for its chippies but there’s a whole lot more to this couthy town.
Stage 5 (31 mins)
- Taynuilt to Portnacroish
Tip: There are a few tight twists and turns up here. If you get stuck behind another vehicle, make sure you know it’s clear to overtake, and do so at a safe speed.
Stage 6 (23 mins)
- Portnacroish to Glencoe
Tip: Check out Shuna Island just off Portnacroish before blasting up the coast towards your final stop, Glencoe.
- From Glencoe you can either:
- Take a rest stop here – there are plenty of food and accommodation places.
- Head up to take on the coastal loop.
- Take a ride around the nearby 8 mile twisty forest loop.
Recommendations and detours
- Check the forecast but plan for all weathers – conditions are so changeable in this part of the world.
- There are tight corners and blind bends so keep your speed down. The roads might also get busy around the Oban area – especially during the summer.
- Take rest stops when you need to. Fatigue lowers your concentration and reaction time so take your time, and take in the amazing scenery.
- Oban makes a fantastic detour and is filled with a bunch of attractions, restaurants, and places to stay.