Road Trip Through the Scottish Highlands
Scotland, UK is a breathtakingly stunning nation that may make you’re feeling such as you’ve taken a step again in time with the vastness of its untouched lands and the previous model buildings you’ll see in the cities.
The greatest means I feel wherein to see all of it is a street journey to the Highlands.
So, seize your snacks and buckle your seats for the final street journey journey.
The Ultimate Scottish Road Trip
Preparing Your Road Trip
Route: Edinburgh to Inverness
Distance: 318 km
Driving Time: Around 5 hours
Length for Trip: 2-3 Days
Road Trip Highlights:
Fun, windy roads, in nice situation most of the means
Epic views on each nook with loads of designated locations to park and take some nice photographs
Fresh seafood if you happen to’re feeling hungry
The friendliest locals round that can assist you if you happen to get misplaced
Renting a Vehicle
After years of gathering Aeroplan factors, I used to be capable of money mine in with a one week automotive rental at Avis for 25,500 factors. Yippee! For these of you who’re nonetheless struggling to get these factors, you could find low cost choices on Skyscanner. Often if you wish to hire for 3-6 days, it’s cheaper to simply ask for a one week rental. My favourite rental firms are Avis and Enterprise.
Many bank cards usually provide automotive insurance coverage for leases so examine in case your’s supplies this selection to keep away from insurance coverage charges at the rental workplace which might usually price you extra then the rental itself!
You will want a world drivers allow to hire automobiles overseas. Getting a allow could be very straightforward in most locations. In Canada you may go to your native CAA and apply for $25.
If you’re a Canadian renting a automobile in the UK, you do not want to get a world driver’s allow and can solely want to point out your native driver’s license.
Tunes for the Road
To make your street journey even higher, make a Scottish playlist. Some nice tunes for driving embrace:
• Highlander’s Farewell by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
• Johnny Tarr by Gaelic Storm
• Hug air a’Bhonaid Mhois by Julie Fowlis
• Hinba by Lau
• The Cruel Sister by Old Blind Dogs
• Celtic Pipes & Drums by Peatbog Faeries & Folk Police
• Lough Erne’s Shore by Old Blind Dogs
• Shooglenifty by McConnells Rant
Road Trip – Scottish Highlands – Day 1
Start in Edinburgh and spend no less than a day there earlier than hitting the street.
As quickly as we arrived in Edinburgh, we headed straight to Fishers for a seafood lunch. Scotland’s seafood is so good, a big majority of it’s truly shipped to Spain. We ordered some oysters, mussels, calamari which have been all recent and scrumptious. If you go Monday-Friday between 12:00-6:00 PM you may get an incredible cope with their set menu of two programs for £15 or 3 programs for £18.
Next on our cease was to go into previous city to stroll off our nice meal. Old city is an structure fanatic’s dream with each constructing having its personal distinctive look and dates again to the medieval instances. Make positive to look out for the Castle of Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.
As we strolled by way of previous city, we popped into a number of pubs to pattern the native beers. Try the Fraoch which is a Heather Ale (Leann Fraoch) that’s been brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C. Also strive the Tennent’s Lager which is the native’s selection in pubs.
When it received to the night, we booked a free ghost tour with CityExplorers. Our information was Max who one way or the other managed to show tales of murderers, dungeons and witch hunts right into a strolling comedy skit which was loads of enjoyable.
Road Trip – Scottish Highlands – Day 2
A Scottish Breakfast
The subsequent day we began our morning at The Abbey, which is a correct Scottish pub providing an incredible breakfast beginning at £4.95 and an unimaginable choice of whiskey (if you happen to’re up for some early consuming). I went with the Scottish breakfast which incorporates egg, haggis, sausage, bacon, black pudding, white pudding, hash brown, tomato beans and toast. It was my first time making an attempt haggis, and it wasn’t’t dangerous in any respect!
In case you don’t know, haggis is created from sheep’s abdomen and is filled with liver, coronary heart and lungs of the sheep. Despite the title and what it’s product of, I might eat haggis once more.
After breakfast we headed to Arthur’s seat which is round a 30 minute hike to the prime of a hill,and over appears to be like the whole metropolis for some implausible views.
Unfortunately, as quickly as we began hike it began raining…onerous. On the constructive facet, there have been only a few vacationers and people we did encounter have been retreating down as a result of the rain was making it troublesome to hike up.
By that time we noticed it extra of a problem towards mom nature to make it as much as the prime and pressed on. By the time we reached the prime, not a single particular person was there and we had the whole spot all to ourselves.
After listening to tales from the ghost tour the night time earlier than about folks mountain climbing to the prime of Arthur’s seat after which falling off, it felt very eery to be there on our personal. Not to say being surrounded by fog, mist, after which getting hailed on (in the center of summer time) which is once we determined it was time to go!
Arthur’s seat is positioned in Holyrood Park which is a superb place to cycle in or have a stroll round.
It’s additionally near Holyrood Palace, which was the dwelling for Mary Queen of Scott’s and is the official residence for the royal household when visiting Scotland.
Tickets for admission into the palace price £12.50/grownup.
If you don’t have a lot time, it could be price simply taking a drive round the street that circles the whole park and hill. The experience is now not than 10-Quarter-hour and you may get some nice views and spots for scenic footage.
After conquering the hike up Arthur’s seat, it was time to hit the street to Inverness.
The Cairngorms National Park
Our first cease on the street was to the Cairngorms National Park which is the largest nationwide park in the UK. The park itself accommodates the historical Caledonian forest which has virtually been worn out from all of Scotland.
You can discover many species of animals there together with purple squirrels and even wildcats. There are many various paths to go on for hikes, a pair estates to go to, Balmoral Castle and a steam prepare experience round the park.
We have been quick on time to catch a prepare experience however the Strathspey Railway runs a return journey from Aviemore by way of the coronary heart of the Scottish Highlands which prices £14.25 for a 90 minute journey.
If you’re feeling like getting in contact along with your nature facet, you could find some nice wild tenting spots in the park.
A Hidden Beach
Just as you exit the Cairngorms National Park on the A86, there’s a stunning sandy seashore the place you may cease for a picnic lunch, do some fishing and even spend the night time tenting if you happen to can courageous the midges! The seashore is positioned on Loch Laggan in between Quad Bike Tours and Ardverikie Estate, you’ll be capable to see the seashore by way of the bushes as your drive by with a chosen parking spot to cease at.
Every encounter we had with Scottish locals they might all the time convey up “the midges”. They are just like mosquitos however a lot smaller and can drive you loopy in the wild if you do not have repellent on.
Apparently, the greatest type of repellent beneficial by the locals is carrying Avon Skin So Soft. In fact we have been pretty fortunate contemplating the horror tales we heard about them, however we got here ready with repellant simply in case, and also you in all probability ought to too.
Road Trip – Scottish Highlands – Day 3
All alongside the street to Inverness one can find parking spots that are nice to catch some epic views. As quickly as you move the sandy seashore you’ll encounter three fort like buildings. Stop at Glengarry Viewpoint (about 1 hour after passing the hidden sandy seashore) the place you may stand on a rock and catch views of the whole panorama. Funny sufficient, certainly one of the lochs is definitely formed like Scotland.
Next, head to the tiny city of Invermoriston and go away your automotive at the native parking zone. Cross the avenue and comply with the sounds of operating water. This will take you to a waterfall for some nice photographs.
Searching for Nessie and Urquhart Castle
Head again to your automotive and make your strategy to Urquhart Castle which overlooks Loch ness to your probability to seek out Nessie. This is the web site of an historical ruined fort, certainly one of the largest in Scotland which was in-built the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Tickets to go to price £9 per grownup. Although we did not’t discover the legendary sea monster we have been capable of catch the solar setting from the fort.
This is the remaining vacation spot for the street journey and is a couple of 30 minute drive from the Urquhart fort. For the greatest views of the metropolis, head as much as Inverness fort.
Exploring More in The Highlands
Your journey does not want to finish as soon as you’ve got reached Inverness. In the Highlands there are numerous issues to see and do.
Unfortunately, we did not’t get the probability to personally catch views of the dolphins ourselves however if you happen to head to Chancery Point alongside the loch of Moray Firth you should have a very good probability of seeing them there.
Glen Ord Distillery
You cannot go to Scotland with out some Scotch tasting. Take a go to to Glen Ord Distillery which presents excursions and tastings. We went on the most elementary tour which price £6 and features a tasting of a 12 yr previous whiskey. Interesting sufficient, this distillery solely sells their scotch in South East Asia and isn’t accessible wherever else, together with the UK.
Did you realize that the trendy sport of golf was invented by the Scotts? There are a number of programs round together with Torvean Golf Club, Inverness Golf Club and Fairways Loch ness Golf Course.
Watching the Indigenous Scottish Game of Shinty
An historical sport stated to predate Christianity, shinty is a workforce sport that Highlanders play and was beforehand used to assist prepare boys for warfare. Catch a sport with native Highland groups.
Continuing Your Road Trip
If you’re feeling up for seeing extra of Scotland, I like to recommend persevering with your street journey by way of to the Isle of Skye. Skye is well-known for its stunning, distinctive panorama and greatest explored on a wild tenting street journey.
Travel tip shared by Jenn