Try a winding Scottish pass
Bealach na Ba (pass of the cattle) in Wester Ross, Scotland is a spectacular mountain drive over to the coastal village of Applecross. It's not for the faint-hearted: you'll come across hairpin bends, steep drops, red deer and perhaps even a golden eagle. You’ll want to pull over to take in the amazing scenery so remember to take a camera.
Although the route starts at sea level in Kishorn (which has a great fish bar, by the way), at the summit you'll find yourself driving at a lofty 2,053 feet – with a view like a postcard from Switzerland.
Take a break to enjoy the view of the Isle of Skye, Rum and other Outer Hebridian islands. The descent is slightly more sedate, with a gentle run into woodland belonging to Applecross House, with a garden open to visitors.
Not far beyond is the village of Applecross with an inn, shop and access to the pebble beach. You can either enjoy a return journey over the pass or alternatively continue along the coastal road to Shieldaig, 25 miles away.
If you’re visiting in winter though, just bear in mind that the route can be impassable in the winter, so make sure you check before you set off.