Looking for a road trip destination? Look no further than Scotland. It is a perfect place for a road trip, Scotland, treasure trove of things to do and explore. From the history to stunning natural landscapes, outdoor activities and much more. I never get tired of heading to Scotland for a road trip, a weekend away or enjoying the Fringe Festival.
If you are planning on a quick road trip to Scotland, I’ve put together an itinerary that starts in Inverness to Glencoe back to Edinburgh via Luss and Stirling. The trip can easily be extended to add a day in Inverness, a day hiking in Glencoe or even a day trip to the Isle of Skye.
Inverness is roughly a three-hour drive from Edinburgh, there are plenty of things to do on your way to Inverness if you have an extra day take the time to visit Blair Castle, Highland Wildlife Park (near the Cairngorms National Park), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and explore Inverness.
Packing tip: Bring waterproof gear as it can rain quite frequently and you don’t want to miss out on the sightseeing just because of a bit of rain.
Road Trip – Day One
Next to one of Scotland’s famous loch’s, Loch Ness, you’ll find Urquhart Castle. The tour guides are so friendly and rich in knowledge about the history of Urquhart Castle and Scotland. Learn about how the castle played a key role in the Scottish fight for independence so make sure you to take the time to chat with them during your visit.
Whilst you are taking in the beautiful scenery and history of Urquhart take a look around the loch and see if you can spot Nessy!
Fort William is the next stop on the road trip, a little wander around the town and lunch break. There is a lovely pub near one of the car parks called Garrison West ( 4 Cameron Square, Fort William PH33 6AJ Scotland), it is a perfect place to reload on carbs!
Top tip: Scotland has made it super easy and safe for tourist to pull over and take photos. You’ll see plenty of car parking spots!
When in Scotland you should try some Scottish Whiskey. Ok, so it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea but when in Rome! A quick drive from Fort William is Ben Nevis distillery. They provide hourly tours of the distillery and provide tastings at the end.
Did you know to be classed as a Scottish Whiskey it needs to be matured in an oak cast for three years and one day and the product needs to exceed over 40% alcohol?
After you’ve warmed up with a taste of whisky head to Steall Waterfall. Wear sensible shoes for this one as it’s uneven ground with a few rocky sections to navigate and a couple of streams to cross through. Reaching the waterfall does give a great sense of achievement.
To finish the day off the last stop on the road trip is Glenfinnan Viaduct. If you are a Harry Potter fan this is the place for you to see the famous Viaduct that’s included in the movies. It’s a short walk from the Monument and the Visitor Centre so it’s an easy one to tick off the list.
Check the timetables for when the train goes across the Viaduct and leave some extra time to score parking as it does get busy during these times.
I had a really embarrassing moment when I was trying to get photos of the Viaduct and fell in the mud three times just to get these photos! Changing in the car park was not the best moment in my life but extremely funny…
After a tiring day enjoy a relaxing night at your hotel. I highly recommend staying at the Ballachulish Hotel. The accommodation, food and views of the loch were just amazing.
Road Trip – Day Two
Something about the contrasts between the vivid green and the mountains and the sky whether it’s raining or blue sky adds to the Glencoe charm. Perfect place if you love the outdoors or just enjoying the beauty of nature.
Follow the A82 toward Glasgow, on the way you’ll pass Loch Achtriochtan and the meeting of the three waters.
The meeting of the three waters does not have its own car parking area and there will be a little slip on both sides of the road to park.
Continuing on the A82 will bring you a quaint town called Luss. Enjoy a bite to eat, coffee and stroll through the town. During summer, it’s a great place to enjoy an ice-cream with views of a loch.
The last stop on the road trip Stirling, the area is surrounded by rich farm, has a medieval old town, cathedrals and a castle situated on the top of the hill.
Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. The castle was one of the most used by the Scottish royal family and included crowing of several kings and queens including Mary, Queen of Scots and many others. The three-sided cliff face gave the castle a strong defensive position and strategic location during its time as a serving castle.
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