An absolutely unmissable spot, that’s very easy to miss.
It’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love, and one of James Bond’s too – Glen Etive.
If you didn’t already know, a glen is a narrow valley that’s usually glacially U-shaped. When you’re driving south of Ballachulish on the A82, the stunning mountain scenery is so breath taking that it’s easy to miss the turn off for Glen Etive, but if you do find it, you’ll never forget where it is.
Keep your eyes peeled for the turn off on your right where you’ll see the big glen, or you could always have a quick recap of James Bond’s Skyfall before you set off to make sure you recognise it straight away.
The single-track road through Glen Etive, is a 28-mile loop, but make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time as you’ll want to take it slowly.
There’s absolutely stunning scenery throughout, and there are passing places where you can stop to take some photos. It leads you to a dead end at Loch Etive, and it’s known as the original “road to nowhere”. When you reach the loch, there’s a turning point where you’ll make your way back along the same road to take in all of the amazing scenery through completely different angles.
As it’s a one-track road, just be mindful of other drivers who are coming from the other direction, although you’d be forgiven for being distracted by the views.
You’ll follow the River Etive on your way through the glen, which is home to some of the best white water kayaking in Scotland. There are grade-four rapids with a range of waterfalls and pools, and it goes without saying that it’s a magnet for hillwalkers and climbers too.
This trip is a different level of solitude, where the only locals you’ll meet are some deer at home in their natural habitat, or maybe a golden eagle or two. If you think it looks good on the Hollywood screen, you’re in for a treat, as the solitude adds another level of beauty.