Travel Diaries: Scotland Roadtrip

It’s been a while since I returned from our roadtrip around Scotland, and I guess you could say that I’ve been procrastinating on writing this blog post since then, only because I have just SO. MUCH. CONTENT. Our two-and-a-half-week roadtrip starting and ending in Edinburgh and encompassing much of the famous North Coast 500 was perhaps the favourite holiday I have ever been on.

Accept this blog post as an introductory brain dump of everywhere we went and some of my favourite places and photos, but know that I will be writing more in-depth guides because I have so many amazing recommendations.

Here’s our itinerary. I think we pretty much nailed the timing and route, but know that we took things a little slower than some might like.

  • Day 1 – arrive in Edinburgh and explore the city
  • Day 2 – drive to Glen Coe via Loch Lomond
  • Day 3 – drive from Glen Coe to Fort William (with detour)
  • Day 4 – climb Ben Nevis
  • Day 5 – drive from Fort William to Borve on the Isle of Skye via the Glenfinnan Viaduct and a quick stop at Eilean Donan Castle
  • Day 6 – explore the Isle of Skye (basically the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been), including the Talisker Distillery, Fairy Pools and Portree
  • Day 7 – Isle of Skye: Old Man of Storr and Fairy Glen (my fave day)
  • Day 8 – drive from the Isle of Skye to Gairloch via Applecross and Beinn Eighe nature reserve
  • Day 9 – drive from Gairloch to Lochinver with stops at Inverewe Gardens and Ullapool
  • Day 10 – Lochinver to Rhiconich (middle of nowhere!) with walk along coast to Old Man of Stour
  • Day 11 – drive to Thurso with stops at Balnakeil and Smoo Caves
  • Day 12 – Thurso to Inverness with visit to Dunrobin Castle (THE BEST CASTLE EVER)
  • Day 13 – Inverness to Aviemore in the Cairngorms
  • Day 14 – explore Aviemore and surrounding area including Loch an Eilean
  • Day 15 – more Cairngorm exploring: Strathspey steam railway and local hike
  • Day 16 – drive to St Andrews to stay at excellent Fairmont Hotel
  • Day 17 – back to Edinburgh to hop on the lunchtime train home
Loch Lomond
Lost Valley hike at Glen Coe
Glenfinnan Monument
Eilean Donan Castle
Old Man of Storr
Inverewe Gardens
Beinn Eighe
Old Man of Stour
Dunrobin Castle

Is there anything in particular I should cover in my future blog posts? Let me know!


  1. Beautiful photos, Beth. I’m yet to explore much of Scotland and reading your post has reminded me that I need to put that right.

    1. Liz, I am sorry I missed your comment! We have just come back from another trip to Aviemore – Scotland truly is the most wonderful place!

  2. […] For our full Scottish roadtrip itinerary, take a look at this post. […]

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