Great British Driving Roads – A87 to Skye

Thank you to Stuart of for allowing us to summarise his great series on Great British Driving Roads.  Here we look at A87 to Skye in the Scottish highlands.  Please let our readers have your views once you have driven this road.  Is it a 10 out of 10?  Driving nirvana or not?

One of the great attractions of this great road is the fast sweeping bends with almost no junctions.

Great British Driving Roads - A87 Invergarry To Skye

Starting from Invergarry in the heart of the Scottish Highlands the route takes us towards the west coast, across the Skye bridge and right to the north of the Isle of Skye.

Leaving Invergarry the first half of the journey takes us past the stunning scenery of 5 different lochs;

  • Loch Garry
  • Loch Loyne
  • Loch Cluanie
  • Loch Duich
  • Loch Alsh

Eventually the lochs recede and you’ll reach the Kyle of Lochalsh. From there you’ll cross the Skye bridge and wind your way north through the Isle of Skye passing Corry, Silgachan, Portree and finally arriving in Idrigill at journey’s end.

As this is a long drive of 99 miles, it will take approximately two and a half hours each way. So remember to take something to eat and drink.

Alternatively, as the first half of the route from Invergarry through the shadow of the five sisters provides the most stunning views, you may want to turn around at the Kyle of Lochalsh.

This will cut the journey to around 50 miles each way.

Whatever route you select, this is a great drive through the highlands covering all types of roads.

A87 Invergarry To Skye

It’s also good all year round, with lambs in the fields during the spring and snow on the hilltops during the winter…and sometimes the summer.

However, great care must be taken during the winter as the weather in the Scottish Highlands can deteriorate rapidly with snow, black ice, gales and torrential wind possible. So check the weather forecast before you leave.

If you drive this Great British Driving Road let us know what you think?  Enjoy.


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