I apologize on the front end for the length of this post and hope it makes sense.
Based on piecing together ideas from searching older posts on the forum, I'm trying to put together the best drive to see and experience the western Highlands. We will depart Glasgow driving north on A82 with the desire to drive through Glen Coe en route to Fort Williams. I'll also be deciding if we should continue north via Loch Ness to Inverness or just spend more time exploring Glen Coe (but that's for another post).
What I'm trying to decide is would it be the best drive for both time and best scenery to stay straight on A82 all the way to Fort Williams, or at Loch Lomond to drive west on A83, north on A819 and then west on A85 to Oban before continuing north.
The reason for considering that detour other than I've seen it mentioned in a couple of guide books, is that I'm interested in seeing Kilchurn Castle and I definitely want to drive through Glen Coe. We would be driving through in the early evening so I'm not sure it would even be possible to visit Kilchurn. And I don't plan on spending much time in Oban, it's just seeing Dunstaffnage there intrigues me as well. We will have a 5 year old boy with us and I'm trying to find a couple of castles if possible.
We do plan to visit Caerlaverock Castle in the southwest of Scotland, so if there aren't any castles in the Highlands along our journey, well, so be it.