Scotland by Car


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Scotland by Car

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, and travelling by car while you do so, the problem isn’t finding beautiful landscapes and unique villages to explore, the problem is how to prioritise and see the most important places.

This all depends on how many days you’re here for but it’s important not to miss the main tourist attractions. To help you plan your trip, I’ve put together a guide of what to see in Scotland on a 6 day road trip, based on a route I followed a few summers ago. Enjoy!

Day 1 – Arrive in Edinburgh

In this first day you’ll get your first taste of Edinburgh. Your first step should be to take a walk on the Royal Mile, one of the focal points of this medieval city. If you’re travelling in August, you’ll discover a lively atmosphere of music and street performances, part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other such events that are celebrated that month in the Scottish capital.

Day 2 and 3 – Visit Edinburgh

With three days you’re sure to have enough time to make the most of this wonderful city. If you’ve tackled the Royal Mile on day one, then a visit to Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral and other medieval locations should be next. During your stay in Edinburgh why not stay in at the stunning and glorious Fraser Suites?

On the second day you can also visit Holyrood (the Scottish Parliament), climb Calton Hill and tour the modern side of Edinburgh, with the central axis of Princes Street where you’ll find the imposing Scott Monument.

Day 4 – St Andrews, Pitlochry and Blair

Start your road trip by heading to St Andrews, a small university town and renowned home of golf. A hidden gem not to be missed is climbing the tower of the old church next to the ruins of the historic cathedral, from where you’ll enjoy an excellent panoramic view.

From there you’ll head to Pitlochry, a beautiful holiday village. Now you’re officially in the famous Highlands of Scotland! Nearby you will find Blair Castle. If you arrive later than 5pm, access to the inside is closed, but it’s worth strolling through the gardens that surround it.

Day 5 – Loch Ness and Wester Ross

The next day, you’ll continue towards Loch Ness, where you’ll discover the beautiful remains of Urquhart Castle. From there you head west and to the very north of the Highlands. Here you’ll get to see the natural beauty of Wester Ross and maybe the curious gardens of Inverewe.

Day 6 – Isle of Skye

This day will be spent exploring the Isle of Skye. First you must go to Portree, the main town of the island and then you can go off and see what the rest of the Isle has to offer.

Once you’ve seen Skye, the journey back to Edinburgh to begin. If you have time, make a stop at Fort William or Stirling. Save Glasgow for your next trip to Caledonia!