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- Though Scotland has a reputation for serving adventurous foods such Haggis and deep fried mars bars, we’ve found Scotland to be super vegetarian friendly!
- You can experience 4 seasons in one day so be prepared to take a lot of different types of clothes and layer up!
- We’ve had some of the worst 4G coverage EVER while traveling through Scotland, especially on the Isle of Skye. Normally I use my phone as a GPS to navigate or look something up but coverage on Skye is scarce and WiFi isn’t available in every restaurant. Thus, we prepared our daytrips in our rented cottage where WiFi was available and had to DIY on the road with a good ol’ road map
Scotland road trip: our route
If you’re short on time but want to sniff some of that crisp highland air and adventure? Then hop in your car and take the route through Stirling and Loch Lomond to one of the most beautiful places in Scotland: Glencoe. The trip to Glencoe is one through impressive nature. You’ll find plenty of pull-overs along the road so you can out of your car and enjoy the view.
Glencoe is an absolutely stunning area to indulge in some serious hiking. If conquering a Monroe is on your bucket list, why not try the highest peak of Scotland: the Ben Nevis. We opted for slightly less strenuous hike but with astonishing views nonetheless… the Pap of Glencoe. Though a shorter hike, do not underestimate the steepness of the trail! It took us about 2hours to get to the top and boy did my calves protest 😊. We did it without hiking sticks but would definitely suggest to bring some. What goes up most comes down and it was killing my knees!
But the effort was worth is though! Just look at those views…
Want to do this hike yourself? We used the Walking Highlands description to get to the top.
The next day we decided to let out our inner geeks and spent our morning spotting the Jacobite Steam Train aka the Hogwarts Express. We went in May and the Jacobite Steam Train only passes the viaduct once a day. We snapped our pictures at 10:50, make sure to be at the parking lot a good 15min before the train is supposed to drive by.
Isle of Skye
If you got some more days to spare, don’t miss out on the Isle of Skye! From Glencoe it’s only a 2hour drive to the Isle of Skye Bridge. Once crossed, be prepared to be amazed by its enchanting surroundings, glooming mountains and magical waters.
We spent 3 nights on the Isle of Skye and indulged in its highlights and finest hikes. Want to know what to do on the Isle of Skye? Ha! We got your back bro, we prepared this awesome list of 7 must do’s on the Isle of Skye that fits perfectly in this itinerary.
The drive back to Edinburgh is a long one so we opted to spend one other night in Edinburgh and take a flight back home the next day!
So, you want to go on an epic road trip in a European country? Then Scotland is the ultimate destination for you!
Got more time to spare? Why not venture south and explore England’s idyllic countryside with this perfect one-week England road trip itinerary.