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Exploring Scotland By Road

With fewer than six million inhabitants in over 80,000 km²​ of land, much of Scotland is home only to wildlife. However, as well as its mountains, glens, lochs and wild beaches, it has vibrant and exciting cities. Travelling by road is an excellent way to explore this varied country.

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Cottage Lochgoilhead
£100 per night
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Lochgoilhead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
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Cottage The Highlands
£80 per night
Cottage ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Cottage Portpatrick
£57 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
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An Itinerary For The Perfect Road Trip Around Scotland

When it comes to road trips, Scotland has some of the best. The biggest problem comes when trying to narrow down your destinations. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your perfect trip.

  • Galloway Forest Park

    Sometimes called "the Highlands of the Lowlands", Galloway Forest Park has outstanding scenery that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. If you have brought a bicycle with you, there are also some well-maintained cycle trails. Walking, fishing and wildlife spotting are other popular pastimes for visitors to the park. With its art galleries, shops and restaurants, Glasgow, around an hour's drive to the north, is a great contrast to the park.

  • Aviemore

    Well-known as a winter ski centre, Aviemore is also a fantastic place for walking, climbing, horse riding, white water rafting or simply enjoying some of the UK's wildest scenery. The Highland Wildlife Park offers a more low-key, although no less enjoyable, way to spend a few hours out of your car.

  • Inverness

    Around 30 miles to the north of Aviemore lies Inverness, the traditional gateway to the Highlands. As well as enjoying this very pleasant and picturesque town in its own right, it is hard to visit Inverness without diverting to nearby Loch Ness. Although it is possible to drive around the loch, the narrow road can get crowded, particularly in high season. You may prefer to stop at Castle Urquhart, which lies just north of the village of Drumnadrochit, to enjoy the loch views properly and watch out for any sightings of the fabled monster.

  • John o'Groats

    Slightly north of the village of Canisbay in Caithness, John o'Groats is famous as the most northerly inhabited part of the British mainland. It is also a great place for getting out of your car to walk some of the scenic coastal paths or visit the Pulteney whisky distillery. Thanks to the northerly latitude, lucky visitors also have a chance of spotting the Northern Lights. If you want to continue your journey north, ferries run from John o'Groats to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands.

  • Cape Wrath

    The road trip between John o'Groats and Cape Wrath, around 70 miles to the west, offers up some of Scotland's most awe-inspiring scenery. Most people take their car as far as Durness and then use the passenger ferry to reach the Cape. Alternatively, you can walk via Sandwood Bay.

Road Trips in Scotland: Top Holiday Lettings

Cottage The Highlands
£59 per night
Cottage ∙ 7 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Cottage Dumfries and Galloway
£82 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Unusual rental Argyll and Bute
£49 per night
Unusual rental ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom
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