The Route 666

The roads on Route 666 are perfect for drivers who love exciting, fulfilling journeys. It’s also for anyone wanting to explore Scotland. As well as it being hundreds of miles of breathtaking roads and scenery, it is also a route through hundreds of great experiences.

You’ll find whatever you’re looking for: castles, off-road driving experiences, walks, tours, water-sports, food, golf… using the trip planner.

Map by hour sections

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Route 666 Map In Hour Sections
Between Moffat and Innerleithen Between Innerleithen and Edinburgh Between Edinburgh and Glendevon Between Glendevon and Dunkeld Between Dunkeld and Braemar Between Braemar and Nethy Bridge Between Nethy Bridge and Laggan Between Laggan and Fort William Between Fort William and Oban Between Oban and Lochgilphead Betweem Lochgilphead and Arrochar Between Arrochar and Old Kilpatrick Between Old Kilpatrick and Ayr Between Ayr and Straiton Between Straiton and Thornhill Between Thornhill and Broughton Between Broughton and Moffat

Between Moffat and Innerleithen

St Mary's Loch and Loch of the Lowes on Scotland's Route 666

The route follows the stunning  A708 out of Moffat through hilly countryside and past Loch of the Lowes and St Mary's Loch.

There are plenty of rewarding corners. Towards the end of this section is a short distance on the single track B709.

You'll find great places to stay and eat in both Moffat and Innerleithen. The Glen Cafe at St Mary's Loch is worth a stop en route.

Picture: St Mary's Loch and Loch of the Lowes

Between Innerleithen and Edinburgh

Old Stow Bridge on Scotland's Route 666

This hour of driving has loads of enjoyable sweeping bends.

Leaving Innerleithen, Route 666 takes the A72, following the bank of the River Tweed. After Galashiels the Route heads to Edinburgh on the A7.

If you choose not to go in to Edinburgh then follow the bypass and head for the Queensferry Crossing to Fife.

Picture: Old Stow Bridge

Between Edinburgh and Glendevon

Upper pass of Gleneagles on Scotland's Route 666

You take a quick trip over the Queensferry Crossing and in to Fife on the motorway.

But it's not long till you're back on the entertaining roads. Many motorsport and track day fans will know the roads around Knockhill Racing Circuit. Pass the circuit and head towards the hillier scenery in Perthshire.

Picture: pass to Gleneagles

Between Glendevon and Dunkeld

Sma Glen on Scotland's Route 666

You'll find loads to do in Crieff on the way but you'll be itching to head off in to the hills and through Sma' Glen.

The fun continues as you head towards Dunkeld on some great twisty roads.

Other places to stop include Auchterarder. There are many restaurants in Dunkeld and accommodation of all types and to to suit all budgets.

Picture: Sma' Glen

Between Dunkeld and Braemar

Glenshee on Scotland's Route 666

The Route continues with an initial fun trip to Blairgowrie.

From there you're in to a much more mountainous part of the country. The roads and the landscape get more and more stunning as you head in to the Cairngorms National Park.

At 2198 ft, the road between Glenshee and Braemar is the highest road in UK.

Use the planner to find businesses in this area. You'll find plenty of outdoor activities as well as accommodation and places to eat.

Pictured: Cairnwell Pass

Between Braemar and Nethy Bridge

The Lecht on Scotland's Route 666

The Route loops around the North East part of the Cairngorm National Park. The scenic Snow Roads take in the Lecht.

The corners and changes in elevation can feel like you're on a rollercoaster on this spectacular road. This road is the second highest in the UK at 2,113 ft.

Tomintoul and Cock Bridge are en route for food and accommodation stops as well as more adventurous activities.

Picture: ascent to Lecht Ski Centre

Between Nethy Bridge and Laggan

Cairngorms

The twisty roads of Cairngorm National Park take you to Coylumbridge near Aviemore. From there you can navigate slightly off route and head up to the Cairngorm mountain car park to take in the views.

If you take that trip to the Cairngorm car park then you may want to ride on the Funicular railway up to the restaurant for even more breathtaking views.

Back en Route, the road meanders down to Kingussie. As you head on to the breathtaking A86 the scenery changes: vibrant greens contrasted with the rock where the road cuts in to the hillsides.

The pubs in Aviemore are always popular. There are also many activities around the town for the adventurous and energetic.

There are water sports at Loch Morlich which also has a sandy beach and stunning walks.

Between Laggan and Fort William

Nevis Range

Stay on the A86 and keep smiling as the twisties seem never ending.

You're treated to the sites of Loch Laggan up close and the Nevis Range in the distance. You'll also pass Laggan Dam before reaching Spean Bridge and then Fort William.

Fort William is a busy town with plenty to do in the evenings as well as daytime activities.

Picture: Nevis Range

Between Fort William and Oban

Castle Stalker on Scotland's Route 666

The roads and scenery change again as you head out of Fort William and down the West Coast. The landscape is more rugged and the sea lochs immense.

The road follows the coast for much of this part of the journey. A taster for what Argyll and Bute has in store for the rest of the Route down the West coast.

Oban has some great accommodation options. You'll also find activities such as boat trips from the town.

Picture: Castle Stalker

Between Oban and Lochgilphead

Oude Dam on Scotland's Route 666

The A816 delivers astonishing views and driving experience as it winds its way South, at parts cutting through the mountainous landscape.  At others hugging the coast for tremendous sea views.

Betweem Lochgilphead and Arrochar

Rest and Be Thankful on Scotland's Route 666

The Route follows the North edge of Loch Fyne, providing fantastic views across the water. Continuing past Inveraray, the A816 loops around Eastern end before dramatically ascending towards the Rest and Be Thankful.

From there the A83 makes a winding 6 mile descent to Arrochar.

Consider stopping at Inveraray en route. Search the local businesses to find some great things to do.

Between Arrochar and Old Kilpatrick

Loch Long on Scotland's Route 666

A relatively relaxing trip alongside Loch Long , through Rhu and Helensburgh. Plenty of time to take in the views across the water and good opportunities to stop for food.

Helensburgh and Rhu are both great options for cafes and restaurants.

Between Old Kilpatrick and Ayr

Wemyss Bay on Scotland's Route 666

The trip across the Clyde is followed by a relaxing coastal trip through Ayrshire.

Picturesque towns, including Wemyss Bay (pictured) and Largs, to take in as well as the coastal views. These are busy holiday destinations and have facilities you'd expect of thriving coastal towns.

Between Ayr and Straiton

Dunure Castle on Scotland's Route 666

The coastal road ramps up after Ayr to deliver an exhilarating drive. After Girvan the twisty roads continue as the  Route turns in land on the twisty B741.

Dunure Castle is one of Ayrshire's picturesque historical sites. You'll find plenty of other historical sites using the trip planner.

Between Straiton and Thornhill

Loch Doon

Cross East Ayrshire in to Thornhill and the landscape turns up a couple of notches.

Eventually, after some great sections of road, you reach Thornhill. Consider stopping off at Loch Doon on the way for even more incredible views.

Between Thornhill and Broughton

Dalveen Pass on Scotland's Route 666

The A702 along the Dalveen pass will be one of you most memorable moments of the Route. The road continues to excite to Biggar and on to Broughton.

Between Broughton and Moffat

A702 above Devil's Beef Tub on Scotland's Route 666

You left Moffat on one iconic road and return on another. The A701 winds down to Moffat, including the corners above the infamous Devils Beef Tub.

How long does it take?

The drive itself takes about 16-17 hours (based on Google Maps). You could drive the route in two days but there are so many interesting places to stop and things to do that 7-10 days is a reasonable time to take. Use the planner to find businesses and things to do. Check out some of the driving and adventurous experiences you could book.

The map is laid out in hourly sections so you can easily identify rough timescales when planning an itinerary. Use the ‘Bookmark’ button on each listing to save your favourite places. Once bookmarked, you can view these on the My Trip page.

Where does the Route 666 go?

The circuit starts in Dumfries and Galloway in the South of Scotland. Below is an hourly breakdown that will give you an idea of the roads and scenery. Go to the Plan Trip page to find businesses and things to do near each section.

St Mary's Loch and Loch of the Lowes on Scotland's Route 666

Moffat to Innerleithen (1)

The route follows the stunning A708 out of Moffat through the hilly countryside and past Loch of the Lowes and St Mary’s Loch.

There are plenty of rewarding corners. Towards the end of this section is a short distance on the single track B709.

You’ll find great places to stay and to eat in both Moffat and Innerleithen. The Glen Cafe at St Mary’s Loch is worth a stop en route.



Old Stow Bridge on Scotland's Route 666

Innerleithen to Edinburgh (2)

This hour of driving has loads of enjoyable sweeping bends.

Leaving Innerleithen, Route 666 takes the A72, following the bank of the River Tweed. After Galashiels you head towards Edinburgh on the A7.

If you choose not to go in to Edinburgh then follow the bypass and head for the Queensferry Crossing to Fife.


Upper pass of Gleneagles on Scotland's Route 666

Edinburgh to Glendevon (3)

You take a quick trip over the Queensferry Crossing and in to Fife on the motorway.

But it’s not long till you’re back on the entertaining roads. Many motorsport and track day fans will know the roads around Knockhill Racing Circuit. Pass the circuit and head towards the hillier scenery in Perthshire.

Sma Glen on Scotland's Route 666

Glendevon to Dunkeld (4)

You’ll find loads to do in Crieff on the way but you’ll be itching to head off in to the hills and through Sma’ Glen.

The fun continues as you head towards Dunkeld on some great twisty roads.

Other places to stop include Auchterarder. There are many restaurants in Dunkeld and accommodation of all types and to to suit all budgets.


Glenshee on Scotland's Route 666

Dunkeld to Braemar (5)

The Route continues with an initial fun trip to Blairgowrie.

From there you’re in to a much more mountainous part of the country. The roads and the landscape get more and more stunning as you head in to the Cairngorms National Park.

At 2198 ft, the road between Glenshee and Braemar is the highest road in the UK.

Use the planner to find businesses in this area. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities as well as accommodation and places to eat.


The Lecht on Scotland's Route 666

Braemar to Nethy Bridge (6)

The Route loops around the North East part of the Cairngorm National Park. The scenic Snow Roads take in the Lecht.

The corners and changes in elevation can feel like you’re on a rollercoaster on this spectacular road. This road is the second highest in the UK at 2,113 ft.

Tomintoul and Cock Bridge are en route for food and accommodation stops as well as more adventurous activities.

Cairngorms

Nethy Bridge to Laggan (7)

The twisty roads of Cairngorm National Park take you to Coylumbridge near Aviemore. From there you can navigate slightly off route and head up to the Cairngorm mountain car park to take in the views.

Back en Route, the road meanders down to Kingussie. As you head on to the breathtaking A86 the scenery changes: vibrant greens contrasted with the rock where the road cuts in to the hillsides.

The pubs in Aviemore are always popular. There are also many activities around the town for the adventurous and energetic.

There are water sports at Loch Morlich which also has a sandy beach and stunning walks.


Nevis Range

Laggan to Fort William (8)

Stay on the A86 and keep smiling as the twisties seem never ending.

You’re treated to the sites of Loch Laggan up close and the Nevis Range in the distance. You’ll also pass Laggan Dam before reaching Spean Bridge and then Fort William.

Fort William is a busy town with plenty to do in the evenings as well as loads of daytime activities.


Castle Stalker on Scotland's Route 666

Fort William to Oban (9)

The roads and scenery change again as you head out of Fort William and down the West Coast. The landscape is more rugged and the sea lochs immense.

The road follows the coast for much of this part of the journey. A taster for what Argyll and Bute has in store for the rest of the Route down the West coast.

Oban has some great accommodation options. You’ll also find activities such as boat trips from the town.

Oude Dam on Scotland's Route 666

Oban to Lochgilphead (10)

The A816 delivers astonishing views and driving experience as it winds its way South, at parts cutting through the mountainous landscape. At others hugging the coast for tremendous sea views.


Rest and Be Thankful on Scotland's Route 666

Lochgilphead to Arrochar (11)

The Route follows the North edge of Loch Fyne, providing fantastic views across the water. Continuing past Inveraray, the A816 loops around the Eastern end before dramatically ascending towards the Rest and Be Thankful.

From there the A83 makes a winding 6 mile descent to Arrochar.

Consider stopping at Inveraray en route. Search the local businesses to find some great things to do.



Loch Long on Scotland's Route 666

Arrochar to Old Kilpatrick (12)

A relatively relaxing trip alongside Loch Long , through Rhu and Helensburgh. Plenty of time to take in the views across the water and good opportunities to stop for food.

Helensburgh and Rhu both have great options for cafes and restaurants.

Wemyss Bay on Scotland's Route 666

Old Kilpatrick to Ayr(13)

The trip across the Clyde is followed by relaxing coastal trip through Ayrshire.

Picturesque towns, including Wemyss Bay (pictured) and Largs, to take in as well as the coastal views. These are busy holiday destinations and have facilities you’d expect of thriving coastal towns.

Dunure Castle on Scotland's Route 666

Ayr to Straiton (14)

The coastal road ramps up after Ayr to deliver an exhilarating drive. After Girvan the twisty roads continue as the Route turns in land on the twisty B741.

Dunure Castle is one of Ayrshire’s picturesque historical sites. You’ll find plenty of other historical sites using the trip planner.


Loch Doon

Straiton to Thornhill (15)

Cross East Ayrshire in to Thornhill and the landscape turns up a couple of notches. Eventually, after some great sections of road, you reach Thornhill. Consider stopping off at Loch Doon on the way for even more incredible views.


Dalveen Pass on Scotland's Route 666

Thornhill to Broughton (16)

The A702 along the Dalveen pass will be one of you most memorable moments of the Route. The road continues to excite to Biggar and on to Broughton.


A702 above Devil's Beef Tub on Scotland's Route 666

Broughton to Moffat

You left Moffat on one iconic road and return on another. The A701 winds down to Moffat, including the corners above the infamous Devils Beef Tub.

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