Heading up to Bonnie Scotland? It truly is a majestic country from top to bottom and home to many of the most fascinating landscapes in the British Isles. The term “bonnie” has come to encompass its stunning natural beauty, deep cultural connection and warm hospitality – all the perfect ingredients for a magnificent road trip.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to areas of Scotland to explore, each with its own charm and unique character. From the peaks and glens dominating the Highlands to the picturesque Borders, you’re never far from finding your dream location.

In this article, we’ll delve into some of the best road trips for you to consider.

Preparing for a road trip

With such diversity, preparing for a Scottish road trip can be tricky. The environment can vary wildly depending on what side of the country you’re on and how far north or south you are.

Midges are more of an issue on the west coast of the Highlands, so be sure to pack insect repellent if you’re heading there. Long-sleeved tops and trousers are also a good idea in midge territory. Temperatures will obviously get lower the further north you head, so consider this when packing your clothing.

Your vehicle will play a large part in the success of your trip. Be sure to carry out essential checks before you leave to reduce your chances of breaking down. If you’re road-tripping during or on either side of winter, be prepared for challenging driving conditions in places, particularly on high ground.

Whether you’re taking a car or van, ensure you have appropriate cover. Dedicated motorhome insurance can give you that added peace of mind on the road. In addition, temporary cover for other passengers can help to share the driving load.

What are the best road trips in Scotland?

North Coast 500

Hailed as the best of the lot, the NC 500 is famous around the world. This 500-mile route takes you on a spectacular tour of the northernmost Highlands starting in Inverness.

You’ll pass famous landmarks like John O’Groats on the coast and take in the breathtaking mountainous terrain that dominates the landscape. You’re best reserving 7-10 days for this trip to truly immerse yourself in this experience.

South West Coastal 300

Dumfries and Galloway offers a scenic coastal route if you’re looking for something a little shorter. This trip can be completed comfortably in just under a week.

You’ll travel on the southwest coast looking out towards the Isle of Man, out to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse and then along the coast through Stranraer heading up to Ayrshire.

Argyll Coastal Route

Drive through an awe-inspiring region of Scotland on the Argyll Coastal Route. Starting on the edge of the gorgeous Loch Lomond, you’ll venture up towards Fort William weaving in and out of lochs and valleys, and eventually towards the mighty Ben Nevis. This is a more compact route, but it certainly packs a punch.

Isle of Skye

Perhaps Scotland’s most famous island. It’s not a massive area, taking a few hours to drive around, but it’s certainly worth the trip. Skye has an unusual, rugged landscape unlike anywhere else in Scotland. Prehistoric creatures wouldn’t look out of place here that’s for sure.

There are legendary fairy pools, stunning mountain and coastal walks, and castle ruins to immerse yourself in. Staying on the island for a few days should give you plenty of time to take in this breathtaking landscape.


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