Scotland Scenic Drives
It won’t take long for Scotland visitors to realize someone lied to them. Trips planned from point A to B take twice as long as they should. GPS and Google maps lie. The Scots blame the narrow, winding, treacherous roads for slow travel and there is some truth in that, but the real reason drive times in Scotland are unpredictable is the number of car-stopping, photo-worthy vistas around every corner.
The ever-changing combinations of sun, sky and cloud…
The road to Mallaig
Road to the Isles
hills covered in a hundred shades of green…
Glen Shiel, Road to Isle of Skye
waterfalls carving their way through creases between the mountains…
Road to Mallaig
Eileen Donan Castle, Road to Skye
Cairns of the Highlands
so many good reasons to stop the car. Mountain-side chapels, castles and cairns…
Coos in the rood
and the occasional wee beastie hanging his head over the fence or trailing along in the road.
Here are some excellent links for scenic drives in Scotland:
Things to Know
It is possible to see a bit of Scotland’s natural beauty by train, the best way to enjoy the scenery of Scotland is to hire a car. Make sure you buy a paper map (yes, they still exist!) since GPS and google maps just don’t function well between the mountains. Better yet, just get lost. You won’t regret it.
It’s a wise idea to pack some dramamine or anti-nausea meds if you have backseat travelers and/or travelers prone to car sickness.
The roads are often filled with coach bus tours in the summer, which makes for slow going. Travel in the autumn if you can. The crowds thin, the foliage starts to turn and the midges go into (almost) hiding.
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