Inverness to Broadford (99 miles)
Start by mid morning and drive southwest along Loch Ness via the A82. While glimpses of Nessie are highly unlikely, the ruins of Urquhart Castle are worth a look. Fort Augustus follows, where a lunch of fish-and-chips at Canalside Chip Shop (lunch for two $19) is a must. Beyond town, the drive gets a bit more rugged. Make a right onto the A87 and ascend the banks of the Garry River before leveling out at Loch Cluanie, whose surrounding peaks have an almost Alpine feel. From here it’s a quick descent through Glen Shiel—a glacier-carved valley—back down to sea level, over the Skye Bridge and into Broadford, on the Isle of Skye. Stay at the slate-roofed, 11-room Broadford Hotel (doubles from $205), and reward yourself with Highland venison sausages at the Spinnaker Lounge (dinner for two $60), the hotel’s rustic restaurant.