Wondering where your next destination should be? Definitively consider a Scotland Road Trip ! You will not be bored one minute: the lochs, the castles, the cliffs, the archeological sites, the munros... Discover 9 convincing reason to make it you net trip:
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Video - Scotland Road Trip - Inspiring Moments
let's start with a video where I share my most inspiring moments from my Scotland Road Trip. As you can see there were a lot, Scotland is stunning and exploring by car offers you access to stunning landscapes.
1 - The Lochs
Loch is the Gaelic word for Lake and Fjord. The lake ones are mostly freshwater and the fjord-type ones salt water. According to Wikipedia there are at least 31,460 freshwater lochs in Scotland, without counting the smaller lochan and the reservoirs. That is really a lot!
So on your Scotland Road trip, everywhere you drive and turn you can see a body of water. Some are surrounded by stunning mountains, others have islands and others have a castle on their shores. You get really excited to discover a new one.
The most famous are Loch Lomond and Loch Ness. You can find a list of 50+ Scottish Lochs with photos to convince you even more...
My favorites where:
2 - Archeological Sites
If you love history, Scotland will provide you with extraordinary sites to admire, especially on the islands.
The main Stone Circle is on Lewis islands.
But the main concentration of fascinating sites is in the Orkney islands which include the heart of neolithic Orkney, a Unesco World Heritage complex including:
3 - Fairies and Old Men
A Scotland Road trip is not complete without old Scottish tales of fairies and old men. And with the detailed work of nature on some of the landscapes, it is easy to understand why such tales came to be written.
The most famous ones are on the Isle of Skye with sites such as:
4 - The Castles
It is really impressive how many castles you can see and visit in Scotland. You could have a Scotland Road trip only dedicated to Scottish Castles.
Some are in ruins. Others are still inhabited by the descendants of the clans. They are of various shapes and colors but all have a famous history with fighting and bretrayal and all...
You can learn more on my best of Scottish Castles. But here are my favorite Castles:
5 - The Stunning Skies
You do not go on a Scotland Road Trip for the heat and blue sky. But you will be rewarded with incredible skies where clouds and light are mesmerizing. And often is reflects on water, creating unforgettable moments.
I will soon share a collection of photos with the best skies I had on my own road trip.
6 - The Abbeys atmosphere
I have visited many churches, monasteries and abbeys in Europe but there is something special about the Scottish Abbeys.
On your Scotland Road trip, do not forget to plan stops to visit a couple of them. Even in ruins they have such a powerful atmosphere.
My favorites Abbeys were:
7 - The Munros
A munro is a summit over 3000ft (914m). It has become a sport to climb those summits and collect them. There is even a website where you can register and see your progress. There are 282 munros in Scotland.
The most famous is of course the highest point in Scotland: Ben Nevis. While driving from Oban you can see it well.
My favorite places to admire those summits where:
8 - The Cliffs
I come from Normandy, so I know beautiful cliffs. Well Scotland does not have to be ashamed. While on your Scotland Road trip, drive towards the shore and admire the work of erosion.
My favorite views were:
- on the ferry to Orkney with the Old Man of Hoy and Hoy island
- on the isle of Skye, with the funny Kilt Rock where the cliffs really look like kilts and where the Mealt Falls drop directly into the sea
- at Yesnaby on mainland Orkney, with another sea stack called the Yesnaby Castle
- And sometimes you get cliffs and Castles such as with Sinclair Girnigoe Castle and Tantallon Castle (photos to be published soon)
9 - Scottish Accent
Of course on your Scotland Road trip, you are going to meet a lot of Locals. Enjoy every moment of listening to their accent.
I had a lot of fun!
And if you are an amateur, there is also the 10th Reason: the Whisky...
Plan your Scotland Road Trip
If you are planning a Road trip around Scotland, here are a few articles to help you with that (until I write my Plan your Scotland Trip article)
- The Guide article to plan your Scotland Road Trip
- If you need help narrowing down, check out my Top 5 Scotland Destinations or my 21 top things to do in Scotland list or my 5 Scotland Itinerary Suggestions
- Have a look at the article about driving in Scotland, which is quite easy don't worry!
- You also need to plan accommodation for everywhere you plan to stop. Check out my Scotland Accomodation article for more information.
Do not forget that a lot of roads are single track roads which mean that driving time is a lot longer especially in summer when you have to stop all the time to be able to cross cars.
I wish you a wonderful Scotland Road Trip!
And if you want a practical guide to plan your trip, have a look at ZigZag On Earth eBooks with practical Maps, my selection of scenic locations and planning info:
Want to see more of SCOTLAND?
Discover more things to do & places to see in my Travel Scotland Destination Guide.
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