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Planning a trip of a lifetime! and need some help getting started

Hello, My brother and I (in our 50's) are traveling in May 2020 with our 80 yo mother. We would like some advice on where the best places to visit. We do not want to do the major tourist attractions. We prefer to go low key, with a taste of the local Scotland , food and locations. We want to hire our own car. We want to see a castle, visit mostly the highlands area. Ben Nevis, and some smaller islands like Jura. We have traced our family roots to this area. We would like to attend a highlands games event, and the Jacobite train. Would it be best to stay in one place and take day trips or many different locations? We want good local food and at least 4 star lodging. We have just started planning and would appreciate any help. Thanks , 


  • dyer9051dyer9051 Member
    trip will be no less than 10 days up to 14 days
    Thanks (brother)
  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

    Good Afternoon

    The area that you are thinking of visiting is a beautiful part of the country. It may be worth staying a few days in one place then moving on for another few days. Fort William is where Ben Nevis is and is a good base for a drive up along Loch Ness. There are some lovely little places along Loch Ness to visitsuch as Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit. From Fort William you can also visit Glencoe, a beautiful area for a drive through the mountains with a very sad history. Click here to find out more. Also from Fort William you can catch the steam train to Mallaig crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Even just to drive this road is a beautiful scenic drive and stopping off at the Viaduct.

    Eilean Donan Castle at the Kyle Of Lochalsh, just across from the Isle of Skye is a beautiful Castle to visit on that side of the country.

    If you are looking to go across to some of the islands, maybe basing yourself in Oban for a few days would allow you to take day trips across to a few of them. You could also do some island hopping but that would require you to have overnight stays on some of the islands which may not be what you are looking to do.

    I hope that is of help to you, but if you need anymore help and advise please get back to us.

    Kind Regards


  • FishPalFishPal Member ✭✭
    If you would like information about going fishing for a day whilst you are exploring Scotland. Embrace the wilderness, find out more about Spey casting and the largest salmon caught in the UK. Have a lovely day Anne 
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