Travelling through the most beautiful places of the Scottish Highlands and islands, who wouldn’t want that? I’ve been dreaming about it for a long time. Last year we travelled through beautiful Ontario, where we were treated to the most beautiful autumn colors we ever saw. Autumn at its best. This year we were looking for an autumn destination that would once again give us a wow effect. Our final choice was Scotland.
And that’s good, because Scotland has recently been named the most beautiful country in the world, even before my beloved Canada and wonderful New Zealand, still on my bucketlist. The unspoiled landscape, the roughness of nature, the rich culture and history and the innumerable treasures of this country create a special atmosphere and provide an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to experience Scotland.
Preparation of our Scotland roadtrip
We have deliberately chosen a nature trip, but here and there there will also be room for experiencing the true Scottish culture and visiting beautiful historical sites. Because we choose to spend as much time as possible in nature, we won’t see more than the airport in Edinburgh. Finding a nice itinerary wasn’t that easy because there are so many options. There is much to be found on the internet, but many suggested routes also include cities, something we weren’t looking for. Eventually I found the itinerary of this roadtrip on a French blog. It fits exactly in the eight days we have at our disposal and I couldn’t hide my enthusiasm when I saw all the beautiful scenery.
As an exception we booked our roadtrip through Northern Norway with a travel agency, but this time we did everything ourselves. Apart from finding the perfect itinerary, booking the accommodations, the car and the ferries was quickly done. We booked the accommodations partly via booking.com and partly directly with the B&B owner. We booked the flight with KLM, which had the best option for us at that moment. We rent the car again with Alamo, and we booked the ferry crossings on Calmac.co.uk with just a few clicks.
Time to tell more about our 8 day roadtrip through the Scottish highlands and islands.
Itinerary roadtrip Scottish highlands and islands
Isle of Mull – day 1-3
On the day of arrival we drive directly from Edinburgh to Isle of Mull, crossing Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, where we hope to get a nice preview of the trip. At the end of the day, the ferry takes us from Oban to the island. We spend the night in the colorful coastal town of Tobermory and the next day we will explore the beautiful coastline and bays of this island.
Isle of Skye – day 3-5
After Isle of Mull, the world-famous Isle of Skye. We leave Isle of Mull by ferry and drive towards Mallaig, where we once again take the ferry to Isle of Skye. Of course, we’ll make a few short stops. For example, at the Glenfinnan viaduct, known from the Harry Potter film. Otherwise, we’ll have another chance a few days later. We will spend part of the afternoon and the next day on Isle of Skye, where we want to take a look at the famous Old Man or Storr and Fairy Pools. The plan is to hike a lot here, so fingers crossed for dry weather.
Loch Maree and surroundings – day 5-7
On day 5, we leave the iconic Isle of Skye. We reach mainland again using the bridge this time, and drive towards Kinlochewe, located along Loch Maree. We might take a detour through the Applecross Peninsula and we also want to discover Loch Maree and surroundings. The vast valleys, the rugged mountain peaks and the beautiful Lochs look very appealing.
Glen Coe, the volcano valley – day 7-8
On day 7 we drive towards Glen Coe, a deep valley worn out by a glacier, full of natural beauty. The most beautiful valley of Scotland according to many. Glen Coe’s rugged landscape looks promising and the highest mountain, Ben Nevis, peaks 1341 meters above the highlands. It’s a very green environment and the atmosphere must be very mysterious here, certainly on a foggy day.
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