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Portree to Inverness

We are planning on a road trip around Scotland pretty imminently ( bookings all done) and need some advice on the routes from- I have studied the brochures & the forums on Visit scotland and have formed a rough plan
1) Glasgow to Oban- planning a short stop at Loch Lomond followed by lunch at Inverary
2) Oban to Portree- drive via Glencoe & Mallaig. how much time should I set aside for a very short tramp at Glencoe. 
3) Portree to Inverness- after a stop at Eilean Donan do you recommend a drive via Garve or Loch Ness. I could otherwise squeeze in a day trip from Inverness to Loch Ness if we drive via Garve, or spend the extra day In Black Isles
4) Inverness to Edinburgh- Better place for a lunch break and a bit of look see- Pilotchry or St. Andrews

We are planning on 2 days at each of the stays & 3 at Edinburgh
Advice on things to do would be great

Cheers in advance


  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Thanks @LizardKing for your post.  
    1. Your route from Glasgow to Oban sounds great - you'll enjoy Loch Lomond (Luss is a conservation village) Inveraray and Loch Fyne a lot! You can the go down the A83 to Lochgilphead then pick up the A816 all the way to Oban. It's one of the National Tourist Routes.
    2. For walking around Glencoe I recommend you take a look at for the area where you will find a choice of walks - you can even just do part of one. 
    3. Going to Inverness via Garve or Loch Ness is roughly the same distance and time. The route via Garve is part of the new North Coast 500 so will be very scenic and maybe less busy although both routes are scenic. You can easily go to Loch Ness (Drumnadrochit to see Urquhart Castle) or spend a day in the Black Isle. You could be lucky and even see dolphins!
    4. Stopping on the way down, Pitlochry and Dunkeld are both very picturesque towns - why not stop at the Hermitage for a lovely stroll to some breathtaking waterfalls? Or at the House of Bruar where you will find luxury shopping and lunch under one roof?
    5. If you have time, a visit to St Andrews is a great idea - from golf to historic castle and cathedral, you will find plenty to do there. Just along the road from St Andrews, the East Neuk of Fife and its old fishing villages (Crail, Anstruther, Elie) is worth the detour.
    6. Once in Edinburgh, please come to the icentre for a map, directions, information and ideas on what to see and do. 
    Why not use the network of Information Centres (icentres) around Scotland for inspiration and a wealth of local knowledge? Our friendly advisors are here to help!
  • Thank you Muriel, will definitely look into your ideas
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