Who wouldn’t want to go on a Scotland road trip? There’s so much more to this amazing country than just Edinburgh and Glascow. Beautiful vistas await you at every turn, over every hill. You’ll be driving along the rugged coast, or a mysterious loch, or through a highland meadow popping with colorful wildflowers. You might not exactly have the road to yourself, but you won’t find too many others so you can go at your own pace, stopping for photographs whenever you want. In fact, this lack of traffic can be problematic for us right side of the road drivers. Turning into the road with no visual cues to remind you keep to the left often means pulling out and keeping to the right. This isn’t really a problem, until you come head to head with oncoming traffic wondering why you’re on their side of the narrow road.
Aside from this, driving in Scotland and the rest of the UK for that matter, is very easy and safe. Roads are well signed, informational signs are all in English, and the roads are very well maintained. On many of these byways you won’t find much for shops, gas stations, and eateries, so plan accordingly. A good traditional Scottish food pub lunch is always nice so be sure and make reservations somewhere along the route.
We have a few different strategies when we go road tripping. The first is the great circle route. On this road trip we’ll have a definitive starting point like our home or the airport where we pick up a rental car. Then we’ll travel along a long route for two or more days, stopping to spend the night in a new place along the way each day. This was how we did our week-long Iceland road trip.
Another plan we like to use is the classic star road trip. For these journeys we’ll head to a central location for accommodations for the duration of the trip and then take day trips out and back to the home base. Both ways have their merits, and for longer road trips we use a synthesis of the two. For instance, on our UK trip we drove from our home in Germany to the Lake District spending the night in a new place pretty much every day on our way. Then we spent a week exploring the Lake District from our base at Siobhan’s spectacular farmhouse caravans; taking several day trips out into the countryside and back. From there we drove on to our next home for a week, near Inverness.
I personally think that it’s impossible not to have stunning views anywhere in Scotland, but we found two particular drives that were just nonstop beauty from the first kilometer to the last. Both of these routes will lead you through the rolling hills, meadow lands, lakes, mountains, and forests of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you’ll see sheep grazing on the emerald green hills, crumbling castle ruins, and mysterious lochs. So pack your bags, your camera, some drinks and snacks, download the map and get out and drive!
Enjoy a few more gorgeous views from these incredible drives in Scotland!
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