Round trip from Inverness to Scourie
RP 6. Struie Hill Viewpoint.
A 5 hour route on paper but with all of the sights to see and opportunities to stop for photographs, I would allow at least 8 hours. I have chosen some smaller roads that pass through very remote areas allowing you to see some of the best scenery that The Highlands of Scotland has to offer. Within no time of leaving you'll be travelling alongside the Cromarty Firth and then over the Cromarty Bridge and on to some great viewpoints at RPs 5/6 that look over Dornoch Firth. After crossing over the Kyle of Sutherland it's time for a coffee at the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. The Falls of Shin waterfall is famous for being one of the best places in Scotland to view salmon leaping upstream.
As you join the A838 the landscape becomes more remote and the road is only single track but the scenery is breathtaking. There are great open views towards mountains as you ride along the shore of Loch Shin and then the road alongside Loch Stack has you riding below the 721 m giant called Ben Stack. The route arrives at the coast with the opportunity for some lunch at The Anchorage Cafe in Scourie, there is fuel here too.
After lunch the route follows the coast and passing many inland lochs and on to the spectacular curved Kylesku Bridge. Drumbeg Viewpoint and then the beautiful Clashnessie Bay are next before heading back inland and past the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. More breathtaking scenery as you head towards the ferry port of Ullapool. There are cafes, restaurants, shops and fuel all available here. Without any other stops you are 1 hour away from Inverness.
From Ullapool you will follow the shore of Loch Broom and onto 2 more beautiful waterfalls; The Black Water Falls and then Rogie Falls just after Loch Garve and then 20 minutes later you will be back in Inverness.

This really is a fantastic day trip packed full of exceptionally beautiful landscapes and for that reason I have awarded 5***** stars.
RP 9. Coffee stop at the Falls of Shin.
RP 25. Loch Glencoul.
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This collection of routes in the spectacular Scottish Highland's offers a great way to experience the full spectrum of what this region has to offer - snowcapped mountains, loch after loch, areas of solitary wilderness, white sandy beaches and a multitude of historic castles and buildings that reflect the past, the Highland's have everything. The weather however, cannot be guaranteed and somebody once said " Nobody visits Scotland for the weather"!
May can be a very good time of year to visit - temperatures can be pleasant and it's often a dry month with the added bonus that it's too early for the midgies. Many of the roads are single lane but largely empty and well maintained so the riding is comfortable and stress free allowing you to take in the views and there really is a wow around every corner. The pass at Glencoe for example is staggeringly impressive - you can actually see the geology and appreciate how it was scooped out by glaciers.
The people you encounter are warm and engaging and the food is good.
The very popular North Coast 500 route is included for those of you with Iron Butts that like a 1 day challenge. For me, the best way of enjoying the NC 500 is with two overnight stops, so the route includes these if required.