Exploring the Scottish Highlands by car is one of the best ways to discover this beautiful region, particularly if you want to see lots while here for a short holiday. Taking a Scotland road trip allows you to explore at your own leisure, whilst seeing more of our beautiful scenery and many Scottish visitor attractions. Here, in Inverness and Loch Ness, there are many Highland car tours that will take you on a journey through Scotland’s history, heritage and natural beauty. You’ll find dramatic vistas as you navigate your way along, passing mountainous peaks, shimmering lochs and single track roads with meandering sheep.
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As many of the roads are single tracks, remember to use passing places to allow oncoming traffic past. Thes passing places should also be used to allow cars behind you pass, to avoid tailbacks. And remember, just like any road trip, be prepared and pack essentials like water, food and warm clothing. Always be prepared, it may be a while before you come to the next Scottish village. Whether you’re bringing your own vehicle, or hiring a car, touring Scotland by car allows you to explore at your own pace and in comfort. So sit back, relax and enjoy the View. One thing’s for sure, here in the Scottish Highlands, you’ll be treated to some magnificent natural sights along the way.
See below for some Scottish Car tour options and ideas.
A driving tour of Scotland’s Highlands will lead you through some dramatic natural landscapes. One fantastic day tour is the Glencoe route. Start from Inverness and drive 85 miles to the magnificent Glen Coe. Along the way, you’ll pass through quaint villages and sights including the beautiful Loch Lochy. Then, when you reach Glen Coe, why not stop off in the village and visit the Glen Coe and North Lorn folk museum. Finally, stop off at the foot of the glen for a photograph of this magnificent mountain. Or, take the Dornoch car tour and enjoy a trip to the seaside, where you might see bottlenose dolphins and seals playing in the sea.
One of the best drives in Scotland is the Loch Ness Circuit which starts and finishes in Inverness. Here, you can circumnavigate this spectacular loch which is 600ft deep and almost 22 miles in length. And you might even spot the famous Loch Ness Monster. Also, it’s worth stopping off at one of the nearby local villages like Drumnadrochit, or visiting attractions such as Urquhart Castle.
Scotland is bursting with history and heritage, and wherever you go, there’s sure to be an ancient castle or site nearby. Here in Inverness and Loch Ness, the region is home to an array of historical sites. You’ll find forts and battlefields that date back centuries and offer insight into Scotland’s past. In Inverness, there are five heritage sites that can be enjoyed in the one-day East of Inverness Heritage Car Tour. Here, you’ll visit Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, the Nairn Viaduct, Nairn Beach, Cawdor Castle and Fort George.
A road trip around Scotland would not be complete without visiting one of the country’s famous whisky distilleries. While you might not be able to sample much of the local tipple while driving, you can purchase a bottle or two for another time. And with the Tomatin Distillery car tour, you’ll also visit castles and forts. Here, you’ll discover how whisky is produced and you can take a guided tour of Tomatin Distillery. Then, you can continue and visit the nearby Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle and Fort George.
If you fancy driving a little further afield, the Skye route is the perfect Scottish road trip all the family. On this route, you’ll pass ever-changing landscapes, from forests and hills to lochs and gushing rivers. Drive across the Skye Bridge, or head south to the beautiful Mallaig and take the ferry crossing to the south of the Island. Then, on the island of Skye, you can explore local towns and villages like Portree, or stop off at sites like Old Man of Storr. You can drive around the full island of Skye in a day. Or spread it over a few days to take in more. Driving to the Skye Bridge from Inverness takes around 2 hours. Whilst you can visit the Island of Skye for a day trip from Inverness, to take in more a one-night stopover gives you a little more time.
Whilst the above offers some of our more hidden Highland adventures, Inverness offers the perfect base to start and finish your road trip along the NC 500. The famous North Coast 500 route, is a long road trip, taken over a number of days and nights. The start of this Highland adventure is just a short drive away, on the outskirts of Inverness. If you like coastlines, wilderness and a challenge you’ll be in for a treat! So, pack up the car, and get ready to explore our beautiful region where there’s a surprise around every corner.
The more times you come to the Highlands, the more Scotland road trips you can experience. Perhaps you might even develop your own? If you do, be sure to tell us all about it on our Facebook page!
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