The Drumbeg Road is a single track road that loops off the A397 just north of the picturesque town of Lochinver and rejoins the A894. It is surely one of the most scenic drives in Scotland, with plenty of passing places so you can stop frequently to take in the magnificent views of loch, mountain and sea. As it is a winding single track with twisting bends you have to drive slowly – all the better for soaking up the scenery! (It is not recommended for nervous drivers because of these tight, and sometimes blind, bends).
This was my journey, joining the Drumbeg Road (the B869) from the A894 just south of Kylesku and heading south towards Lochinver.
Drumbeg is a good place to stop and stretch your legs, with a lovely shop and beautiful viewpoint. As well as the usual snacks and groceries you’d find in a general store, the Drumbeg Stores has a selection of gorgeous handmade arts and crafts.
As the road begins to hug the coast, you come to Clashnessie with its lovely beach…
…where you can enjoy a short walk along the sand and views back towards the road.
The road weaves on to Stoer – to visit the atmospheric Stoer Lighthouse, look for a road on the right (if you’re travelling south).
Just south of Stoer is the picturesque beach at Clachtoll. There are two stunning white sand beaches that are quite Mediterrean in appearance, with almost turquoise waters splattered with swirls of deep blue. There is a wonderful cliff-top walk along the rocky cliffs at the end of the beach, offering views back towards Clachtoll and of the jagged mountain-torn skies to the south.
Leaving Clachtoll, you head into an area of rugged, rock-ripped terrain, with incredible views of Quinag and Suilven.
It is well worth taking a slight detour off the loop to Achmelvich – with its breathtaking white sand beaches and clear waters gripped by the stony arms of cliffs.
After leaving Achmelvich, the road joins the A837 – from here you can either head south to Lochiver and follow a scenic route to Ullapool (through a remote landscape, dotted with lochs and impressive views of mountains such as Stac Pollaidh) or you can take the A837 to Ullapool, passing Loch Assynt and the ruins of Ardvrek Castle.
If you’re looking for a great base to explore all that the area has to offer, browse a range of holiday cottages in and around Lochinver.