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Glen Etive

An absolutely unmissable spot, that’s very easy to miss…

It’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love, and one of James Bond’s too – Glen Etive.

If you weren’t already aware, a glen is a narrow valley that is usually glacially U-shaped. To get to Glen Etive, head south on the A82, where you’ll be met with mountain scenery so breath taking that it can become quite easy to miss the turn off. But when you do find it, you’ll never forget it.

Glen EtiveJust keep your eyes peeled for the turn off to your right where you see the big glen, or you could always have a quick recap of James Bond’s Skyfall before you set off so that you don’t miss it.

This trip is a different level of solitude, where the only locals you’ll meet are the deer at home in their natural habitat, or a golden eagle or two.

Glen Etive BondThe single-track road through Glen Etive, is 28 miles there and back, but allow yourself good time as you’re going to want to take it slowly. There’s absolutely stunning scenery throughout, and there are passing places where you can stop to take some photos. It’s the original “road to nowhere” that leads you to a dead end at Loch Etive. There’s a turning point here where you’ll make your way back along the same road and take in all of the amazing scenery through completely different angles.

Glen EtiveAs it’s a one-track road, just be mindful of other drivers who are coming from the other direction. It can be easy to get distracted by the beautiful views.

You’ll follow the River Etive on your way through the glen, which is home to some of the best white water kayaking in Scotland. There are grade-four rapids with a range of waterfalls and pools, and it’s obviously a magnet for hillwalkers and climbers too.

Glen EtiveWith its incredibly popular film appearances in the likes of Braveheart and Skyfall, the Glen has become increasingly popular – so we ask that if you’re taking a trip up there, please remember to take your rubbish away with you.

It’s a truly beautiful spot that can’t be done justice on the Hollywood screen, as the solitude really is part of the beauty.