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17 Days Self Drive Holiday - suggestions welcome

Hi, I have 17 days in Scotland as I'm doing a self drive holiday. I would love any driving tips, suggested stop overs etc. I am arriving in Inverness on December 22nd 2020. TIA

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  • Zoe_Stewart84Zoe_Stewart84 Member ✭✭
    Marking this, would love to do this trip with our kids some day! 
  • I know I'm a bit late here but if you ever plan to come back later in the year then Gretna Green is a lovely stop-off point!  The Famous Blacksmiths Shop is a visitor attraction just off the M6/M74 and they've got their own hotels too. You might even spot a wedding if you're lucky. :)

  • GavinRGavinR Member
    I would if have 17 days always reccomend the west coast of scotland ? depending where you rent a vehicle above oban is great all the way up BUT my favourite place is Durness , cape wrath  the very north west tip of scotland and loads of lovely wee villages on the way .
     Weirdest place ive been was Plockton where they filmed the tv series hamish mcbeth robert carlyle as the village bobby ? the gulf stream blows over it and it was weird to see palm trees growing all the way up the streets , 
    one thing i would like to highlight is MIDGES !!! scotlands version of mosquitos they are hell so whether its netting or sprays or creams take loads they are hell 
    But for my money Durness is where i want to be 
  • Is there a time year or area of Scotland where your midges are not so bad?
  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭

    Yes, it tends to be dry or windy weather.
    The midges love wet, damp or sticky conditions especially when it is windstill.
    Winter and shoulder months tend to be OK. October through to March.

    They do tend to stick to the central highlands and the western highlands of Scotland.

    Hope that helps.

    Best regards
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