September 30, 2023

With the next generation of the MINI Countryman across the Scottish Highlands.

Lochearnhead. Deep green meadows, bright sun, gusty rain every minute, plus breathtaking views of the vast landscape: the Scottish Highlands are a natural wonderland and have always fascinated visitors. Rivers and lakes cut deep into the ancient rocks of this region steeped in history among the nearly 1,000-meter-high Munros Mountains with their distinctive pyramidal shape. Lochs are what the Scots call their clear lochs, and Loch Lomond, the UK’s largest lake, is located in the national park of the same name. The ideal destination for a test drive with the adventure-ready third generation MINI Countryman.

From rural Schlossberg to the wild world of Munros.

The tour begins in the small town of Stirling. From the hill of Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, the view stretches far into the heights of Loch Lomond National Park. Stirling Castle is first mentioned in documents in the 12th century. It flourished under the early Stuart royal family during the Renaissance.

From Stirling, head north on the A84 and A85 through lush forest and deep blue lakes to the hamlet of Mid Lix. The fork of the A827 provides a detour into the north-eastern mountain range along the shores of Loch Tay. Here the MINI Countryman can demonstrate comfortable and sporty driving dynamics for the first time on the winding road through the Munross.

Beneath the Ben Lowers River – at 1,214m the highest Mount Munros in the region – the impressive dam of the same name seals the waters of the surrounding mountain rivers to a length of 344m. Being in the SAV, the MINI Countryman fits perfectly into the unspoiled landscape of Scotland. The equipment needed for hiking can easily be accommodated in the spacious luggage compartment.

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In the footsteps of James Bond.

The ups and downs of the Scottish Highlands awaken the visitor’s desire for discovery with each climb. Heading north-west, the A82 enters the Glencoe Range. The road winding again and again passes several rivers that flow into the scenic Lochan na h-Achlaise behind the historic Orchy Bridge.

Just after the bridge over Glen Etive, a narrow road leads south along the wild river with its many waterfalls, and deeper and deeper into the valley. The River Etive is renowned as one of the most challenging white water kayaking routes in Scotland. It’s no wonder that Daniel Craig, as Secret Agent 007, also chose the route along his beach for a spectacular ride in “James Bond: Skyfall” in order to lose to his pursuers. Back south, the MINI Countryman ALL4’s off-road tires are decidedly better on uneven terrain than the British sports car of the world’s most famous dealership.

Natural beauty and delicious Atlantic cuisine.

Back on the A82 towards Arruchar, the falls at Valloch make for a special vantage point. From here the road continues south, always keeping Loch Lomond in view on the left, until the A83 branches west to Loch Fyne. It is the northern tip of the Strait of Clyde, which runs deep into this coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The action of the tides can be felt right up to Glasgow Harbor and the associated currents make the waters of Loch Fyne particularly fresh and nutrient-rich. Ideal conditions for raising shellfish and the best fishing grounds for many species of fish. The result is the best-tasting Loch Fyne Oysterbar, where you should definitely stop at the end of this adventurous discovery tour – of course with expansive views of the sea and mountains.

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The vehicle described and shown is a development vehicle and is not for sale. For this reason, information on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and range is not currently available (08/2023).