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Love this drive! My son Bill and I really enjoyed the trip we had just two weeks ago. We flew from Devon to Inverness and picked up a hire car. We decided to go anti clockwise on the route, which turned out to be the best way of doing it. We had the first afternoon in Dornoch visiting the Highland gathering, a brilliant way to spend an afternoon. It was a bit surreal in that we boarded a plane in Devon, but were than immersed deep in Scottish culture in just a few hours! We stayed in Golspie village at a great little hotel called "The Golf Links" It was right on the shoreline and was fabulously picturesque and quiet. Until the evening that is, when a sizeable float parade went through, fancy dress, bagpipes and all. Fabulous! We were on a roll by the time the morning came around, to be greeted by another parade, this time a charity pub crawl, as good an excuse as I've heard of!
The people of Golspie are something else, great spirit of fun and very friendly.
From then on, via the amazing Dunrobin Castle, John O Groats, and the fabulous North road scenery, the views just got better and better. We stayed at the Loch Maree Hotel on the next to last evening of a five day trip, and were rewarded with fabulous Loch views and a very nicely presented hotel.
The loop around Applecross was the icing on the cake, and a very good reason to leave it until last.
Scotland was everything we could have wished for, wild, awesome, quiet roads and very welcoming. We'll be back for sure.