This 35-mile route gives spectacular views of Bens Loyal and Hope as it climbs over the Moine, past the now roofless Rest House, and into the Geo Park of the far north-west.
The road skirts Loch Hope on the north before reaching the deep anchorage of Loch Eriboll, where old lime kilns are still clearly visible on the promontory of Ard Neakie beside the disused ferry jetty. Tiny Eriboll Church gleams white amid the green fields of Eriboll Farm.
The head of the loch is wild and desolate, hemmed in by crags; and the dark waters that sheltered convoys during World War Two are now used for the more peaceful pursuits of salmon and mussel farming.
Beyond Eriboll, the road enters limestone country with glorious beaches and the magnificent Smoo Cave, before the John Lennon Memorial Gardens and the scattered village of Durness are reached. The route then passes Balnakiel Craft Village to end at the broad sweep Balnakiel Bay and the most north-westerly golf club on the British mainland. Within easy reach is the ferry for Cape Wrath.