Discovering Glen Etive: The “Skyfall” Road
- The turn-off for Glen Etive is located on the A82, a few miles south of Glencoe Village. Look for the signpost shortly after the Kingshouse Hotel if coming from the north, or after the Glencoe Mountain Resort if coming from the south.
James Bond Filming Location:
- The Glen Etive road was immortalized on film when James Bond and M stood beside the iconic Aston Martin DB5, with the majestic Buachaille Etive Mòr mountain in the background. This spot is about halfway down Glen Etive Road and is a popular stopping point for fans and photographers.
What to Expect:
- The road is a single track with passing places, so be prepared to encounter oncoming traffic and use the passing places to allow cars to pass.
- The drive is serene and offers numerous opportunities for wildlife spotting, photography, and simply enjoying the untouched beauty of the Highlands.
Safety and Consideration on the James Bond Road :
- Drive carefully and be mindful of the local wildlife, as deer and other animals are often seen near the road.
- Keep the environment clean by taking any rubbish with you and respecting the natural habitat.
Activities in Glencoe / Glen Etive:
- Walking: There are several informal trails leading off from the road for those who wish to stretch their legs amidst the stunning scenery.
- Photography: The entire glen is photogenic, with the River Etive, mountains, and loch providing a perfect backdrop for landscape photography.
- Wildlife Watching: Keep an eye out for red deer, golden eagles, and other native wildlife.
Tips for Visitors :
- The road to Glen Etive is less traveled than the main A82, offering a more secluded experience of the Highlands.
- If you’re a James Bond fan, bring along the “Skyfall” soundtrack to enhance your driving experience as you cruise through the glen.
- Glencoe & Glen Etive is a precious and somewhat fragile environment. Please drive with care, respect the tranquility of the glen, and leave no trace of your visit.
Encourage your guests to plan their trip with enough time to fully enjoy the drive and to consider the limited daylight hours during winter months. This road offers a true sense of the wild and rugged character of the Scottish Highlands.