Start your Scotland road trip by flying into the country’s capital, Edinburgh. to enjoy while taking in the views. You’ll only need to walk about 5 minutes to reach these waterfalls, which are just as impressive as the Fairy Pools in my opinion. Tip: Keep a lookout for the teeny Venus flytrap! Stirling castle is considered one of the most important castles in Scotland. Drive 2 minutes to Seumas’ Bar at the Silgachan Hotel for lunch. . I did a fascinating tour of The Clydesdale Distillery (for more free whisky samples!) . Combining our favorite areas from our two road trips, this route will help you plan your ultimate Scotland road trip route in minutes. @rockinvansworld #harrypotter #hogwartsexpress #jacobite #scotland #scotland_greatshots #scotlandtrip #scotlandsbeauty #vanlife #visitbritain, A post shared by Travel Couple ✈︎ (@coupletraveltheworld) on Apr 27, 2018 at 5:22am PDT. Drive 2 minutes south to The Dunvegan Deli Cafe for lunch. But the charming capital is only one side of a diverse, natural and breathtaking country. And then there is the Ultimate Scottish Coastal Route as I like to call it, covering almost every road on the Scottish west coast, including three islands, from Stranraer to Durness via the Isle of Arran, the Isle of Mull and Isle of Skye.That particular route, my personal choice, is 549 miles (884kms) long with a total road travel time of 20 hours, which is calculated by navigation software. Located within Stirling is the William Wallace Monument & the battle of Stirling bridge. It’s a secluded route that takes you along the stunning North Coast and through the Northern Highlands, where you’ll experience the natural beauty of Scotland. The Shetland Isles are a beautiful place to visit whilst exploring Scotland. . I drove past to see where the coos were then turned around to pull into the nearest shoulder. It takes about 30 minutes to climb down the steep stairs and follow the dirt path to the lighthouse. We were very exited to travel from Loch Lomond to Stirling as, being fans of the movie Braveheart, it has a lot of interesting things to see. The ruins are exquisite to see up close but make sure you bring waterproof shoes as the field can be quite muddy. Tickets are available at the door for £12.50 per adult. Next, navigate to the Torridon Stores & Cafe, a 1-hour drive from Inverewe Garden, and park in the small carpark across the road. Whiski Rooms is my favourite place to taste single malt whisky in Edinburgh. ), sausages and grilled vegetables. I left my B&B at 10am, had lunch in Staffin at 1pm, dinner in Portree at 6:30pm, and returned to the B&B at 7.30pm. For a less exerting lookout point, visit Calton Hill which just has 2-3 minutes’ worth of stairs to climb. I suggest navigating to the main carpark which is a short walk from the mountain’s base and primarily used by mountain climbing enthusiasts. Scotland's Road Trips. Day 4 is one of the most scenic driving days of this road trip. We were beyond impressed as we have never experienced a hotel room with both a private sauna and a view to die for! One thing we really love about Scotland is how incredible the scenery is! Can you see them in the picture below? Our cheerful guide, Gordon, explained the history of Talisker, which dates back to 1830, as well as the history of crafting single malt whisky. I suggest wandering around the city or enjoying a cocktail at Contrast before dinner. I recommend the town’s only vegan restaurant, The Wildcat. I chose the second option to fit more into the day. We also visited the very cute town centre which had the most gorgeous little houses & church! The best part of the tour was saved for last when we got to taste their most popular whisky, Talisker Storm. The rooms are decked out in Scottish luxury with tartan trimmings and even private saunas! . We loved Stirling as it is not only home to the gorgeous Stirling Castle but also the William Wallace Monument & the battle of Stirling bridge. . Drive 2 hours 6 minutes back to Edinburgh to return the hire car. After dinner drive another 50 minutes northwest to Portree to check into your B&B for the next 3 nights. Unfortunately, we did not have any luck finding the Loch Ness Monster on this trip however, we did some pretty cool things around the area including: [box] Recommended stay in Inverness – 1-2 Nights [/box], To book your stay in Inverness click here. . Nearby the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car provides the opportunity to sleep in a train – a super cool novel experience near the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Tip: try The Alleycat for the only dedicated vegan restaurant in town. I’ve decided to provide you with a comprehensive, and easy-to-understand guide to timeshares. So I know it’s been almost a year since my big Scotland trip, but I’ve been asked a lot recently about the ultimate Scotland road trip. At BlackWater Campsite you have a choice to tent, campervan, sleep in little cabins (as pictured below) or they also run a lovely hostel on site. . . For Potterheads, Glasgow is a key place to visit in Scotland. If you enjoy hiking, follow the dirt track uphill to see the Old Man of Storr up close, which will take a little under 2 hours. and devoured a mouth-watering Durty Vegan Burger – the ultimate way to end an epic road trip. You’ll find yourself pulling over to let people pass as you drive under lush canopies and beside trickling creeks that seem to have leapt out of the pages of a whimsical fairy tale. If you’re jetting in from afar, Edinburgh is very likely to be your starting point. As well as a thrilling ride with a stunning backdrop, there are plenty of things worth a detour on the way. After the tour, you can wander around the gift shop and perhaps pick up a bottle or two of whisky to take home. What a wonderful trip, Beautiful pictures and well detailed itinerary . From the Isle of Skye we headed toInverness & Loch Ness (to test our luck finding Nessie). Last August, my dad and I flew to Scotland and drove in a humongous circle around the whole country! After lunch, drive 10 minutes northeast to Inverlochy Castle to walk through the ruins of a 13th-century castle for free. Alternatively, look for staycation hotels for short trips, as you can find bargains when travelling in shoulder season. Inside the small church is an even smaller museum with ruins of standing stones and informative posters on the history of the cathedral and town. The next stop, Urquhart Castle, is a 7-minute drive southeast from Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Tip: Zizzi have a few delicious Italian-themed vegan options. We were guests of Rockin Vans World, BlackWater Camp Site & Lodge on Loch Lomond during our Road Trip. . Glencoe was one of the best places we visited on our Scotland road trip as it was so picturesque! Hours: 9am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm Saturday, 1pm – 5pm Sunday (summer hours). The North Coast 500 (also known as the Scotland 500) is Scotland’s answer to Route 66 and is the ultimate Scottish road trip. Navigate to the Binks Carpark at South Queensferry Harbour, a 30-minute drive west from Edinburgh. If you decide to give the challenge a go, let us know if you have more luck. The 30-minute drive from Kiloran Bed and Breakfast will take you along the serene Loch Fada, which I couldn’t resist pulling over to photograph. I couldn’t help but buy a somewhat-traditional Scottish hat. If you’re travelling to Scotland, no doubt you plan to explore Edinburgh (and with good reason!) We decided to bypass it on this occasion as we have visited a few times in the past. Of course, we’ll stop along the way to glimpse cute highland coos and sip authentic Scotch whisky. The challenge is to see if you can have a drink at every bar along the street. Drive 32 minutes south to the Glencoe Visitor Centre which has a well-stocked gift shop, several walking trails, and an amazing view of soaring mountain peaks. It could also be done completely by train, so if your budget doesn’t stretch for a rental car, then this is a great alternative! Next, set navigate to the Tay Terrace Carpark in Dunkeld, a 1-hour drive from Queensferry. After lunch, drive 15 minutes west from Silgachan to Talisker Whisky Distillery to join the 2pm tour. . So, take directions with a large grain of salt and study your route ahead of time. Prior to traveling to Glasgow we had heard reports of a city plagued with crime & violence. If you’ve already collected your rental car, parking is available at sister hotel, Radisson Blu Edinburgh (5 minutes walk) for £12.50 per night. ), Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh, Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations, How To Spend 4 Days In Athens: Best Historical Sites, Discount Tickets, Museums & Restaurants, The Ultimate Arizona & Utah Road Trip Guide: 15 Days Of Scenic Byways, Canyons, Hiking And Exploring, Where To Stay In Phuket, Thailand – Best Locations & Hotels, 6 Best Regions of Spain to Visit - Activities, Hotels & Food. When you think of a road trip you probably think of countries like Canada, New Zealand or Australia. Ignore map directions that lead you along the north side of Loch Lochy which is impassable – I found out the hard way. A 7-day Scottish road trip. Scotland’s most worthwhile spectacles tend to be concealed down winding, narrow roads, unruffled by the trivial hustle and bustle of civilisation. I don’t think I could call this a “wee road trip” anymore. And with this itinerary, so will you. We are a travel couple who love to explore the world. Parking is free on Sundays, but otherwise paid so make sure you have a few coins. Literally. Otherwise, follow the path for 15-20 minutes for slightly better views, then return to the carpark. This travel memory was taken while exploring Glencoe on our Scotland road trip. "I respond to every comment by private email. There’s also a café and buffet restaurant. This was achieved by allowing half of the invaders advance over the narrow bridge. . Squint harder! Before leaving Ullapool, make a quick stop at Tesco to refill your road trip snack supply. I recommend catching the 1pm boat and arriving 15 minutes early to be one of the first in line for the best seats on the top deck. What more can you really ask for? We were lucky enough to have Eilidh make dinner reservations for us again. Drive 25-minutes southwest from Inverness to Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition to walk through a series of interactive videos about the history of Loch Ness and the search for the famous Loch Ness Monster, Nessie. There are 2 viewing points, one for the upper falls and one for the lower falls. Day 3 is spent exploring the region around Loch Ness, the largest water body in the UK by volume. I really do love your country! After Glasgow we visited Loch Lomond. When is the best time to visit Scotland? I left Kyle of Lochalsh at 9:30am, had lunch in Fort William at 12pm, and arrived in Edinburgh at 6pm. Stop for a few minutes just east of the visitor centre at the Loch Achtriochtan viewpoint on the side of the road. . Then navigate to Inverewe Garden, a 1-hour 15-minute drive southwest from Ullapool. Stay Tuned! Mine spontaneously activated. I left Edinburgh at 10am, had lunch in Dunkeld at 12:30pm, and arrived in Inverness at 5:30pm. Esp the view of your hotel, that’s so romantic. It is famous for being the inspiration for Hogwarts. Plan your visit alongside the historic Up Helly Aa Viking festival. Next, drive 20-minutes north to the Stac Pollaidh, a soaring rocky mountain with sandstone pinnacles. Hours: 9:30am – 6pm, daily (summer hours). Oban was the perfect place to take a stroll along the sea front, look through all the quaint clothing & coffee shops & enjoy a beer in the sun (as we did). If you navigate straight to the Isle of Skye, Google Maps will take you on the most direct route, which involves less driving, but misses the jaw-dropping gorges, rivers, and waterfalls along Scotland’s exquisite north-west coastline. We were beyond impressed as we have never seen a hotel room with both a private sauna and a view to die for! We prepared a 14 day New Zealand itinerary blog post covering the best of the North and South Island. We were amazed that it looked just like how it did in the Harry Potter movie! Ceilidh Place requires an advanced booking while the Arch Inn asks guests to enjoy a drink in the bar until a table is free. The waterfall is visible from the road, but you can walk over for a closer look if you prefer. We crammed in bagpipes, castles, haggis (the vegan version in my case), seals, coos, sheep, fairies, churches, museums, waterfalls, whisky, and even a mountain that gave me the finger. The rooms are decked out in Scottish luxury with tartan trimmings and our room even had a private sauna! Or really for anyone who yearns for long scenic drives, surrounded by raw nature at its finest. Be careful to avoid muddy patches or wear waterproof shoes. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Glad you enjoyed them! St Giles’ Cathedral started its life as a catholic cathedral in the 12th century. As we had previously visited Edinburgh, we were excited to explore Glasgow next. . Each flight comes with 4 small glasses of whiskey selected from a menu, from staff favourites to aged classics. Some of the best things to do in Oban include: Castle Stalker is also located near Oban, known as the castle of Aaaaaaagh in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. A road trip in Scotland provides great photo opportunities! It means “pass of the cattle” in Scottish. Stirling also features the gorgeous Stirling castle. I suggest only going to the upper falls which is a 10-minute walk along a fairly easy, but narrow, path to see the dramatic, roaring waterfall. After a peaceful stroll through the ruins, have some lunch either at Torridon Stores & Café or the Torridon Inn, a 6-minute drive away. After visiting the city, we were surprised how much we loved it. View of Edinburgh at sunset from Calton Hill. Road-tripping Scotland was without a doubt the best way to take it all in. Don’t abandon the footpath to follow the sound of rushing water via dirt tracks as this will lead you up the garden path. Bring a waterproof jacket as its difficult to avoid getting splashed by the chilly seawater. Navigate 32 minutes west to the Neist Point carpark for climactic cliff oceanfront landscapes and the charming Neist Point Lighthouse. During the cruise, humorous staff explain the habitats alongside Loch Ness and point out deer, goats, and waterfalls on the water’s edge. It could only be described as a love child of Middle Earth and Hawaii. . The first actual road trip day involves driving from Edinburgh to Inverness. The Ultimate Scotland Itinerary Venture across Scotland, exploring some of the most popular attractions and locations in this 14 day Ultimate Scotland Itinerary. However, we do provide suggestions on alternative shorter routes. All of my hosts were extremely welcoming and treated me to delicious traditional Scottish breakfasts each morning. Navigate to the Old Man of Storr parking lot to see the rocky mountain face resembling a pointed finger. . I played it safe with the Introduction to Whisky flight and sampled 4 varieties from different regions around Scotland. Our host, Neil, made continental breakfast each morning with fruit, cereals, toast, and porridge, and kindly shared expert local tips on each location we planned to visit with the aid of his wall-sized map of the island. This looks amazing!!! Navigate 50 minutes south, leaving the mountainous terrain behind, for the Falls of Falloch and make use of the free carpark. Check out our suggestions for what to see and do on each of the routes and plan your ultimate Scottish road trip. I stayed in Riverview Guesthouse which I highly recommend for the modern yet cosy rooms, delicious breakfasts, and super friendly staff. Days 4-5: Cairngorms National Park All pretty great countries but pretty far away too. Expect a few spur-of-the-moment stops on the side of the road to admire scenery or grazing livestock that will undoubtedly catch your attention. I stayed at Seawinds, a simple, yet comfortable accommodation with everything you need for 1 night. . While you can pre-book an official Whiskey tasting at a set time, you can also simply walk up to the bar at any time and order a whisky flight to taste. . There are a number of convenient ways to get the latest blog posts and news from Travel With Bender. If you are a fan of Braveheart, you will love Stirling. To book your stay in Edinburgh click here. @rockinvansworld #Stirling #Stirlingcastle #Stirlingcastleview #roadtrippers #williamwallace #beautifulscotland #scotland #vanlife, A post shared by Travel Couple ✈︎ (@coupletraveltheworld) on Apr 16, 2018 at 7:31am PDT, [box] Recommended stay in Stirling – 1 Night [/box]. From the 14th century, it became heavily involved in the Wars of Scottish Independence, earning its reputation as the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked structures in the world. Walk about 5 minutes down a gravel path to the Am Ploc Open Air Church Ruins, dramatically located on the water’s edge. You can purchase my Edinburgh city guide for a full look at the city’s must-sees. Trust me, I tried it, stick to the footpath. With this Scotland road trip, you’ll become the ultimate … There’s a plaque highlighting where on the rocky shore the footprints are located, but I personally couldn’t spot them. Hopefully, you spent some time on the flight practicing the proper pronunciation of the city to avoid stares from the locals. There’s really only 1 thing that could make this trip even better, laddie… and that’s wearing an orange wig and sporting a harsh Scoooootish accent the entire time. According to the videos, there’s been over 1,000 sightings of a ‘monster’ in Loch Ness since 1868, sparking scientific studies into lifeforms inside the loch. It is famous for once being the home of Mary Queen of Scots. We had never actually tried a laconium before so this was very exciting for us. The North East 250 explores everything for which Scotland is famous in a unique Scottish road trip taking you through the whisky distilleries of Speyside, the spectacular mountain passes of the Cairngorms National Park, the famous castles of Royal Deeside, the Granite City of Aberdeen, the rugged North Sea coastline to the east, and the picturesque seaside villages of the Moray Firth Coast. Parking costs £4 but is worth it for the decent rest stop. Having been voted one of the world’s top coastal touring route, alongside our Luxury partners we have created a … The Fairy Pools – A stunning group of small waterfalls (Great photography & Instagram opportunities); Quiraing – Provided amazing roads we with rugged landscape that looked straight out of a movie; Eilean Donan Castle – A beautiful castle to photograph both at day & night; Visit Portree – Main Town with colourful houses; Inverness City (A really picturesque town! Nothing beats the freedom of exploring a new place on your own personalised road trip. Day 5 requires navigating to a few stops along the famous North Coast 500 route to keep Google Maps on the scenic road. . The Snow Roads Scenic Route: the ultimate Scotland road trip For a exhilarating road trip, the Snow Roads Scenic Route in Scotland doesn't disappoint. The driest and warmest time to visit is during the summer months of July and August. This app is a life-saver, an essential tool on any road trip. . Drive 1 hour from Neist Point to the familiar-looking Portree short-term carpark for dinner. When to do the North Coast 500. Because Scotland is such a manageable size, at one-third the size of the United Kingdom with more than 6,000 miles of coastline and well-kept roadway — even the rural ones for the most part — it makes it an obvious choice for road trips. A fun place to get your photograph taken in traditional Scottish attire is The Tartan Weaving Mill & Experience.[/box]. The first day on the Isle of Skye is spent exploring the Trotternish peninsular, home to some of the isle’s most beautiful landscapes. But chances are Edinburgh Castle, The Real Mary King’s Close and the back alleys of the Old Town will be on your itinerary. The exhibition ends in a gift shop selling Nessie toys and souvenirs, books, and clothing. Calton Hill is home to several significant Neoclassical monuments, including the National Monument of Scotland and the Nelson Monument. Day 9 is the longest driving day with a handful of scenic stops to stretch your legs. The beauty of having a camper van over a car is that you can sleep in the most picturesque locations. Get started. It looks like you two had a wonderful trip — can’t wait to read part 2, Scotland looks beautiful! We hope you've enjoyed your wee trip around Scotland! Well-poised to explore a lot of what this region has to offer, spend one day exploring the city itself and another two going on a number of day trips that are available. Here you will be mesmerised by stunning lochs and natural landscape everywhere you look. Drive 27 minutes east to check into your last B&B in the Scottish Highlands. After the video, wander through the castle ruins for some of the best views over Loch Ness and to see the interesting rock wall remnants of buildings like the guard house and stables. Inverness is the last major city on the trip so stock up on road trip snacks and anything else you might need, like car chargers and aux cables, as they’ll become increasingly harder to find. Many Scottish people actually chose to get married in this gorgeous hotel as the premises are absolutely stunning. There are 2 carparks at the top of the mountain, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to pull over along the way for photos. Free guided tours run every 15 minutes (starting under a red clock near Mill’s Mount Battery), so I suggest starting with a tour then returning to your favourite spots. Tickets cost £10 per adult. Book Now. If you want to road trip Scotland (which we highly recommend- there are some INCREDIBLY scenic roads in Scotland), then the best time to go is either late Spring/ early Summer (May or June) or in early Autumn (September/ October).This way, you avoid the high crowds AND the midges, which are mostly around in July and August.