Highland road trip suggestions:
Just noticed your post, sorry! See when you leave Ullapool to come down to Kyle of Lochalsh? I'd consider going the coast road. That takes you to Braemore Junction (like your present route), but then turn right towards Dundonnell, through Laide - Aultbea - Poolewe - Gairloch - Kinlochewe. Far better views, better mix of road. At Kinlochewe, carry on towards Achnasheen, then when you get there turn right at the roundabout (the only one in the North West!) and you are back on your original route. Mileage is slightly longer, but broadly similar - and more rewarding! This route also takes you past Inverewe Gardens and the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve (where I work Sunday - Tuesday and occasional Wednesdays. Call in!). I can echo the suggestion of the Applecross Road - unforgettable! Unfortunately, I sometimes have to do that in winter, which is often unforgettable for totally different reasons! Hotels? Myrtle Bank (TVR Tuscan) or The Old Inn in Gairloch. Kinlochewe Hotel (Mk2 Midget), and Applecross Inn...all good food, all real ale etc. Distilleries: We have the smallest legal distillery in the country...in Aultbea. Guided tours are available through the Drumchork Hotel, but you have to book a place - it really is small.