Oops. I was typing this in last night on the tablet and the predictive text seems to have taken over in places. Skype should be Skye! The A71 was mentioned because it is a great driving road(In the top 10 on the worlds greatest driving roads website believe it or not). It certainly used to be when I used it for hammering about - haven't been on it for some time. Forgot to say when approaching the Skye bridge you can stop off at Eilean Donan castle. Also when coming down the east coast from John O'Groats you could stop off at Arbroath for some smokies. Hope you can make out what I've meant in the rest of my post. Cant edit it now.
Will throw my initial thoughts in. If you'require starting galashiels look to come over the border at carters bar. Heading in galashiels direction you could stop of at the Jim Clark room in duns. From there I would travel along the roads of the tweed valley which is lovely taking you westward into Lanarkshire where you could travel up the Clyde Valley toward new lanark which is worth a visit. From here you could head north west over Erskine bridge up a82 mentioned before, this takes you up the side of Loch lomond and go up through fort william (Ben nevis) you can stop off at the commando memorial at spean bridge. You could pop over to Glenfinnan while going up this way all the way up to Arisaig/Mallaig. You need to travel through glencoe in the cobra while going North up this way. Heading up the side of Loch Ness toward Inverness you could turn off and go over to Skype. I did a car rally in the cobra started Inverness over to Skye via Applecross and the Bealach na ba (pass of the cattle) great event as the weather was brilliant going around Skye and over all the passes. Oops forgot about the dukes pass which kind of accessible from this route a bit earlier aberfoyle/Callander way
Southern Roadcraft built in the North!!!
With a proper Ford V8 fitted.