I am Rajendran and I am from India. I had posted this during October 2016 and had got some responses also. Unfortunately, I forgot my password and was not able to recover the same since I forgot the answer the question as well. So I decided to create another account and try.
When I posted last, our plans were in a fluid state. Now it is finalized. The plan is as under:
1. There are 8 of us and will be driving to Edinburgh on 9th April from Chester.
2. We will be staying in Edinburgh on 9th and 10th.
3. We will be leaving from Edinburgh to Fort William on 11th morning.
4. We will be staying in Fort William on 11, 12, 13 and 14th
5. On 15th morning, we will be driving back to Chester
What I now need to know is the best plan / driving route / itinerary to achieve the following.
1. For me, the fundamental purpose of this trip is Photography and Scotland is such a beautiful place with unlimited options for photography.
2. Would like to visit the following places.
a. Loch Ness
b. Glenco and the Via Duct
c. Ben Nevis ( Not climbing it but will use the gondola)
d. Kilmartin glen
e. Loch Awe
f. Loch Shiel
g. Loch Linnhe
h. Loch Lomond and Trossahchs National Park
i. Eilean Donan Castle
j. Urquhart Castle
k. Drive through At least some part of NC500 ( May be we can go to Inverness and then drive through NC 500)
3. Had plans to visit Isle of Skye initially, but decided to drop it due to lack of time. ( It is quite sad. I would love to visit this place. But then that is the way it is.)
We have not made any plans as such for Fort William. So we can change it anyway we want.
Please do suggest what best can be done in the given time frame. We do not want to tire ourselves by travelling all the time. However, would like to see the best of the places also.
A possible plan has been given by VisitScotlandAldona. But that would need some modifications. It would be great if the specific road numbers are also given.
This may be my one and only chance to visit this beautiful country. I would like to return with some of the best photos that I have shot in my life. For this I need all the help I can get.
Thank you very much for all the help and suggestions. I really look forward to your suggestions and also to visit this beautiful country shortly.
Thanks and Regards
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Response from VisitSctolandAldona
Hi @Rajendran I strongly agree
with @Horizons regarding the Isle of
Skye - photographing on Isle of Skye is every photographer's
dream. It is truly breathtaking, I mean - it's hard to comprehend the
beauty and versatility of Skye landscape until you see it for
If you're concerned about not having enough time, let me assure you that as soon as you first glimpse at the Cuillin Hills you will feel that the journey there was well worth it.
Think you might want to reconsider your base - you would save yourself a lot of driving there and back if you were willing to stay at various locations. Having said that, it doesn't mean you can't see all of the above on day trips from Fort William - just that you will spend a bit more time in the car (window sightseeing can be very enjoyable too!)
If you were, however, considering staying overnight at Skye, here's what you could do: