The road is now teetering long the eastern edge of Skye, and you can look over the water to the tiny island of Rona and the mountains of Wester Ross on the mainland. All too soon, signs of human habitation appear once again, the A5 crosses the A55 between Holyhead and Conwy, and leads into Bangor. The Border Country lies before you as the sun dips over the land. "Take Me Home, Country Roads", also known simply as "Take Me Home" or "Country Roads", is a song written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver about West Virginia. Heather-covered peaks rise all around you, their colours and shade changing with the clouds. This wonderful road proves that the travelling can be more than the destination. You’ll drive through a broad and lush river valley into Ballater, a perfect Scottish town of grey stone and turrets on the banks of the River Dee. Close by is the elegant 17th-century stately home of Audley End House with its restored parterre and walled kitchen garden, well worth a visit. The road follows the shore to its tapering end, and then begins to clamber up the steep valley, the hills rising sharply on one side, the River Ashop tumbling over rocks on the other. It’s a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. You are delivered all too soon back in Portree, but keep going on the A87 and you’ll reach The Sligachan hotel, at the head of Glen Sligachan between the jagged mountains of the Black Cuillin and the more rounded Red. At its peak, the high Snake Pass is the 503m (1,650ft) above sea level, and gives spectacular views across the Pennines watershed between the wild moorland plateaux of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow. Shop Iconic Australian Women's Clothing online at Country Road. When heading for any of these roads, go to Google maps, look at the time it should take to complete the journey, then ignore it. This stretch of road is arguably even more stunning in winter when snow caps the mountains and dusts their slopes. The views of foaming sea, rocky headlands and inviting sandy beaches make it hard to make progress, because you’ll want to stop, stare and breath in the salt air every few minutes. From Great Sampford to Saffron Walden the B1053 runs through open, tranquil fields edged with ancient hedges. North of Poole we, the landscape is a harshly beautiful moorland of rock and flowering gorse until you reach the coast again, first of Loch Ewe, then Gruinard Bay. The next marvel is the dramatic Lealt falls, just a short walk up a track. *Only available via eShopWorld. Give yourself plenty of time to stop, get out and stare, picnic or watch the sun go down. Brown signs will temp you to more stops at forests and ancient homes such as the Thirlstane Castle stately home. The road and mainline railway run together along this stretch, through fields criss-crossed by dry stone walls, pale grey with lichen. Local wildlife includes pine martens and the rare and elusive wildcat. You head out of the historic city of Newcastle on the A696, picking up the A68 slicing diagonally across the very edge of the Northumberland National Park, Kielder Forest to the left, the untamed Cheviot hills looming ahead to the north. Then it’s back to reality, as the yellow-brick road of the A2 becomes the M5. Every twist and turn in the road reveals new sights as it runs over bridges and under arches, past bays and beaches and strange rock formations.