FEBRUARY 19TH, 2016 BY LES ROBINSON
The Highlands of Scotland contains over 2,600 miles of single track road weaving and twisting through its remote glens and hills. It is almost inevitable then that at some stage during your self-catering holiday in the north of Scotland you will encounter a single track road. In all likelihood you are probably never more than a leisurely 20 minute drive away from a single track road no matter where you roam across the Highlands, an area the size of a small European country. And when you do encounter a single track road it is worthwhile being aware of the unwritten etiquette and possessing a few handy driving tips to keep yourself safe.
Single track roads make up only part of the roads network in the Highlands, of course. There are trunk roads linking all the main centres of population and the A9, the main arterial road, running northwards from the central belt of Scotland to the tip of Caithness. Here, too, holiday drivers should appreciate that not all of the A9 is dual carriageway. Some sections of the road are still two-way: remain vigilant and be aware of these changes in traffic flow, especially when attempting to overtake.
Some common sense and paying attention to the road will ensure that you enjoy exploring the Highlands and all its delights during your Scottish self-catering holiday. With the spectacular scenery and sights to soak up, travelling around the Highlands is best enjoyed at a slower pace – and if you do get held up by a traffic hazard, it’s most likely to be due to a flock of sheep or a Highland Cow.
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