Four Wonderful Road Trips around Scotland
Driving around Scotland is a wonderful experience and one of the best ways to enjoy and discover more about this wonderful country.
The North Coast 500 [NC500] is a stunning tour around the north of Scotland and is one of the greatest road trips in the world. Starting and ending in Inverness the trip covers 500 miles of spectacular countryside, wide open roads, friendly people and delicious fresh, local food. To fully enjoy the North Coast 500 will take you the best part of a week.
However, if you are looking for something shorter, I have four tours of my favourite road trips to share with you. They will introduce you to four special regions of Scotland with magnificent scenery and most are easily driven in a day.
Scotland is a paradise for those who enjoy travelling by car. I am always in awe of new discoveries and the dramatic landscapes as I travel around Scotland. I hope these tours will whet your appetite for discovering our wonderful country.
Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
This a short 25 miles itinerary along Fife’s Coastal Route.
Within a few hours you can enjoy spectacular coastal scenery, visit several historic fishing villages, find out how Scotch whisky is distilled and discover how some of Scotland most famous cheeses are made.
You might even take a boat trip to the Isle of May where you will see puffins, seals and other wildlife.
About 65 miles long, depending on how many of the wonderful stately homes you decide to visit.
We begin at the seaside with a chance to discover one of the world’s most famous seabird colonies and to visit a unique distillery famous for making ‘The Edinburgh Malt’.
Then we drive off to discover some of Scotland’s castles and great mansion houses including the home of Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet.
One of my favourite journeys in Scotland.
It is 50 miles long, runs from Fort William to Mallaig and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. During this tour you will cross The Caledonian Canal, see the famous Neptune’s Staircase and walk on the The Sands of Morar.
You can enjoy marvellous views of Ben Nevis and you might catch a glimpse of The Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter Films.
Like its title, this route is longer than the other. Approximately 200 miles it is worth taking 3 days to enjoy.
The trip starts with a drive up and over The Rest and be Thankful, one of the most famous roads in Scotland. The route travels through the towns of Inverary and Mynard on Loch Fyne where you can visit Inverary Castle and explore the archaeological sites of standing stones.
You can also enjoy some of the best of Scottish seafood at the end of the Crinan Canal. You will be able to drive over the Clachan Bridge which is known as ‘The Bridge over the Atlantic’ and experience the majesty of Glen Coe.
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