Driving is a great way to explore Scotland. Whether you want to tour Scotland by car, campervan or motorcycle, having your own wheels means you can enjoy the trip at your own pace and stop off wherever  and whenever takes your fancy.

Scotland's extensive road network makes it easy to drive around the country and provides fast, efficient travel between cities and major towns, and great access to more rural areas. The motorway network runs throughout the central belt, with major links further north to Aberdeen and south to England. Trunk roads (also called A roads) connect the rest of the country.

National Tourist Routes

Scotland's 12 National Tourist Routes are some of the best driving roads in Scotland. As alternative driving routes to the main trunk roads and motorways, these routes take you through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery the country has to offer.

They also offer lots of things to see and do along the way, from soaking up the views as you cross a majestic bridge or at a famous viewpoint to stopping off to tour a nearby whisky distillery or castle. Each route varies in length and they're all well signposted, so look out for the easy to follow brown and white signs.

North Coast 500

This stunning 500 mile coastal route is Scotland's answer to Route 66. Beginning and ending in the 'Highland Capital' of Inverness, the North Coast 500 spans the northern coast of the Highlands, and will take you past towering Munros, ancient sea stacks and glittering lochs.  Balnakeil Beach NC500 

Car & campervan hire

There are a number of companies to hire a car from in Scotland - or you can hire a campervan, motorhome or caravan.

Companies include: Alamo Rent A Car, Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, Auto EuropeAvis Car Hire, easyCar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar Car & Van Hire, Hertz, National Car Hire, Nationwide Hire, Rhino Car Hire, Sixt Rent a Car, and Thrifty Car and Van Rental.

Car clubs

Visit the CarPlus website and use the map to find a car sharing club near you.