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Places to visit over a week in Scotland?

laura16laura16 Member
edited September 2016 in Planning and Practicalities
A friend and I will be travelling around the country for a week, we are planning on renting a car and move around a bit. Could you recommend us places to visit, landscapes worth seeing, or whatever you think is worthy! 
We would like to avoid the big cities Glasgow and Aberdeen, we are looking for something different in a way. We will stay in Edinburgh a couple of days and from there we would like to start our trip, we have heard wonderful things about the west coast and the highlands.

Thank you,


Laura

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  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Hi @laura16 ;

    Here are just a few suggestions of places you could factor in to your road trip:

    East Coast:

    Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire - a very pretty little town and harbour. Dunottar Castle is also well worth a visit. 

    Ballater, Aberdeenshire & borders the Cairngorm National Park - very pretty little village with some great shops, walks and cycle routes. 

    If you like whisky then Speyside is a must to your list. Highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland. 

    Knockando Wool Mill is also worth stopping off at too.

    West Coast:

    Inverewe Gardens near Poolewe are beautiful and well worth a visit. Fantastic driving and views. 
    Gairloch is very pretty too. 

    The train from Fort William to Mallaig is a great journey too. Travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct (the bridge used in Harry Potter films) with fantastic views across the Loch Shiel and over glens. There is a good chance you will also see wildlife - red deer. In the summer months you can also travel the same route on a steam train. 

    Glen Coe is STUNNING. You get a real taste for the scale of the mountains and their beauty alongside some great driving roads. 

    Inverarary is well worth a stop off. Loch Fyne is gorgeous and there are many walks and cycle routes around the area too. Inveraray also has a castle that is well worth a look round. 

    I hope this helps? 





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