The are planty small settlements that you will come across. Some are only a few 10's of people but there are larger settlements of small villages and towns. Obvioulsy Inverness is by far the largest place on the route. Other towns that have populations of well under 10,00 are the likes of Ullapool, Durness, Dornoch, Wick, Thurso, Golspie and Lochinver.
The Scenery is what most people come for and there is plenty of that especially on the West Coast and inland which not many venture to. Sticking to the route is the safe option, but going off route can be a huge bonus in terms of Scenery and the wildlife. The East and North coasts have plenty on offer, they may lack in scenery but if you take time to look and find out you will be amazsed what there is.
From rugged coastline, beaches, rural farmland, bogs, rivers, forest, lochs, and munros each coast does have it all.
Wildlife is in abundance and changes as does the time of year you should be able to see deer, squirrels, pine martens, birds of prey, seabirds, and sea mammals such as dolphins, whales and seals.
Of course there are also loads of sheep and the iconic Highland coos, but remember many of these animals can easily be on the road around the next corner. In this part of the World you have to drive with even more caution than normal, always be aware.
The entire route is filled with other things to see and do. You can go hiking, golfing, visit castles, heritage sites, prehistoric sites, a geological park, museums, beaches, whisky distilleries, and so much more.
Each part of the route holds its very own appeal, it all depends what you want. The West has stunning scenery, the North has tremendous coastline and wild sea bird, just for starters. The East has a stunning coastline and terrific, places to visit. It is full of History and culture, and to venture slightly inland gives an extra scense of the Highlands. The Low road although not given enough coverage still has plenty to offer, you just need to look....