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Scotland in November

Hello together,
this is our first trip to Scotland, longer than 1 day. We were here for a round trip by ship, so we were only for a few hours in Scotland for 10 days.
We want to stay for 7 days in Scotland, starting at 24. of November. We plan to rent a car and starting our tour at sunday from Edinburgh.
We want to go north / north-west and want to see many nice castles, eating in public pubs and sleeping in B&B.
Do you think, that I have to order special car wheels for the winter or is the weather warm enough for summer wheels?
Do you have any tips, what is important so see?
One of our destination is Loch Ness. So, what is better, to go for destination to destination or stay in a place and make day trips by car?
We prefer to have a location for the night near a pub, because we don't want to drive in the evening.

So many questions, but I hope, Ican find someone, who can help me with my answers.

Thank you very much


  • Hi Erhard,  see my comment on an earlier post in regards to driving North from Edinburgh, hopefully that'll help a bit. Generally winter or all weather tires would be my preference but I'm not sure if the hire companies supply them. A 4x4 would give you greater confidence though if the weather did decide to be 'interesting' :)

    In regards to Loch Ness, I'd recommend a stay in Drumnadrochit or Fort Augustus to give you a good base to explore the area from. You're only 90 minutes from Skye and you'll have Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle within reasonably easy reach. 

    In Drumnadrochit the Benleva Hotel has been recently refurbished and has a great little pub on the premises. Likewise the Loch Ness Inn in Drumnadrochit is of a high standard with a pub and restaurant on the premises. 

    At this time of year the weather will probably dictate some of what you do. With the West Coast tending to be wet rather than snowy, but anything can happen! 

  • ErhardmErhardm Member
    Thank you very much. I saw your comment in the earlier post, but I was writing my question nearly at the same time, as the post before. So I can also find good tips. The tip about 4x4 is very good and we will look, that we get such a car.
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