Touring Scotland in Winter requires extra planning and there are several things you need to factor into your itinerary so we’ve compiled this list of travel tips to try to help.
Driving – As mentioned above, the hours of daylight are limited in winter and on cloudy days it can get pretty dark and miserable. Generally speaking, you aren’t likely to have too many issues with roads being blocked unless there are exceptionally heavy snow, or rain falls. The mains roads that are most likely to be affected by snow drifts are the A939 from Ballater to Tomintoul, the A9 around the Drumochter Summit area between Pitlochry and Aviemore, and the section of the A82 that crosses Rannoch Moor between Tyndrum and Glencoe. There are 2 Highland roads that frequently suffer landslides and those are the A83 from Arrochar to Inveraray, and the A890 between Stromeferry and Strathcarron. These are the notorious black spots which can cause big travel delays as they are arterial roads.
By the way, if you are driving through a Highland Glen at night and the car in front is erratically indicating left and right, the chances are that it is a local who is kindly alerting you to the fact that deer are just off to the side of the road. In places like Glen Shiel, the deer will descend down to road level during winter and their road sense is poor. It isn't very likely to happen to you, but you really don't want to hit a red deer at speed as they can leave a big dent in your bonnet.