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Road trip in the North

GambassiGambassi Member
we're a young couple from Germany. My boyfriend and I will be on our second road trip in Scotland at the end of August (finally!). I already booked the B&Bs and planned most of the itinerary, but maybe you have further recommendations for us? :) I am mainly interested in stunning nature and historical architecture - anything that makes a great photo ;) I'm very keen on exploring and could be on my feet the whole holiday from dusk til dawn. My boyfriend, on the other hand, likes to take things slower and just relax from time to time - so we have to find a good compromise ;)

I am completely aware that it's impossible to do everything on this list in the limited time we have - it's more of a collection of ideas. It will all depend on our current mood and, not least, the weather :D

So here's our rough plan:

Day 1:

- landing in Glasgow, drive to Edinburgh
- visit Linlithgow palace on the way, if we are not too stressed from the flight
- spend the afternoon/evening in Edinburgh (we've been there multiple times, so we can take it slow and just enjoy the city)

B&B in Edinburgh

Day 2:

- Edinburgh

B&B in Edinburgh

Day 3:

- Lauriston Castle
- Pitlochry
- Edradour Distillery
- Blair Castle
- Walk:…hans-easy.shtml
- Inverness
- Castle Leod

B&B in Strathpeffer

Day 4:

- Glenmorangie Distillery
- Goldspie
- Dunrobin Castle
- Walk:
- drive towards tongue via Lairg and Altnaharra, maybe taking a detour via Dun Dornaigil Broch, if it's not too late already
- Walk:…s-of-shin.shtml
- Tongue House
- Walk:…bharraich.shtml - Castle Varrich will be in sight from our B&B room anyway ;)

B&B in Tongue

Day 5:

- Durness
- Ceannabeina Beach
- Sango Sands
- Smoo Cave
- Balnakeil, Balnakeil beach
- Walk:
- Walk: - a little too long for our taste, but it still looks quite appealing

B&B in Tongue

Day 6:

- drive to Ullapool on the NC 500
- Walk:…-headland.shtml
- Walk:…-of-stoer.shtml
- Walk:…ich-beach.shtml
- Wailing Widow Falls
- Loch Assynt
- Ardveck Castle
- Calda House

B&B in Ullapool

Day 7:

- Walk:
or, as an alternative
- Walk:

- Loch Maree
- Gairloch
- Walk:

B&B in Ullapool

Day 8:

- Corrieshalloch Gorge
- Walk:
- Walk:
- Applecross via Bealach na Bà
- Walk:…aorachain.shtml
- maybe visit Eilean Donan Castle in the evening (we've already been there) - does anyone know if it's illuminated in the evening?

B&B in Dornie

Day 9:

- Glen Coe
- Walk:…ofglencoe.shtml
- Walk:
- Trossachs
- Walk:…f-falloch.shtml
- Loch Lomond

B&B in Tarbet

Day 10:

- drive to Glasgow Airport

What do you think? Day 1-3 and 9 match parts of the route we've driven the last time, so we already know the area a little :).

Edit: Sorry, I just realised I should probably have posted this in the Road trip section :|


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Gambassi , This is a massive "To-Do" list. Day 3 is impossible! You can spend the whole day at Blair Castle alone! Pitlochry has thousands of things to see & do. You have a 4 hour drive time alone!
    i think you may need to go back to the drawing board and try again. :smiley:
    Best regards
  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    It's a full on itinerary; do-able but not relaxing!! 
    Bespoke tours.
    Whisky, Castles and Food a speciality.
  • GambassiGambassi Member
    As I said above; I am completely aware that it's impossible to do this whole list and ist isn't our goal either ;-) It's a list of ideas that we can choose from, depending on our mood and the weather. I was looking for additions to this list.
  • VisitScotlandHeatherVisitScotlandHeather Member ✭✭✭
    What about trying to get in an event or two? There are heaps of events and festivals in August so you should have plenty to choose from, depending on what you like.
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