Scotland, eh. The northernmost part of the UK is far more than fantastic Glasgow and Edinburgh; the Highlands, an abundance of islands, the lochs, and the castles all contribute to making this an excellent location for traveling and exploring. And one of the best ways to do it is with a car – which is why we’re going on a road trip to the land of bagpipes and kilts!
From Skye to Orkney, to national parks to beaches, we’re taking you on a journey full of fun, adventures, and excitement; how about some climbing, canyoning, or camping? Or swimming with both large and small creatures of the sea? Does that sound alright? Thought so – and don’t worry, that little wizard boy might make an appearance, too. Got your Nessie tracker and your rolling r’s ready? Grrreat, let’s hit the rrroad!
Pro Tip: If you can, extend your trip. 10 days is not nearly enough to properly see and experience this gorgeous country!
Have we ever had a slow start? I sure can’t think of one, so probably not – and this road trip is no different!
This is just fantastic, you guys. It’s kind of like hang gliding with seats, and you’ll get the most amazingly beautiful views while the wind is gently stroking your face. This is a must. Trust us.
Have you ever heard of an elevator – for boats?! Me neither! But, now you have, and soon you’ll be amazed by the execution and innovation! It really is as cool as it sounds.
You know that thing when you half-sit and half-lie on a small seat with wheels, and let the sail take you wherever the wind is blowing? Yes, that thing. Or you could go kayaking, paddle boarding, or – of course – surfing. The water is your friend.
No rest for the wicked – I hope you got some rest last night because today is gonna be even more action-packed than yesterday. Yes, it is possible.
Small, medium, and large cliff jumps, slides, caves to explore, a via ferrata lookalike, waterfalls to swim in – and that’s just the canyoning! You can also go for a gorge walk, try some rafting or river tubing – just make sure you have enough energy to play paintball and shoot some clay pigeons!
Cairngorms National Park is a mountain range rising from rugged open plains and hillsides – it’d give most US national parks a run for their money! It’s also an absolutely excellent playground for mountain bikers – and that’s not all!
At Loch Garten, you can be close to these stunning, fascinating birds of prey, without bothering them – just as it should be! You might also spot a crested tit or a goldeneye, and there’s more than enough beautiful nature around for an Insta photoshoot.
Today we’re heading (even further) north, and just before you get to the city of Inverness, you simply must make a stop at…
Nessie! Nessie’s lake! Because even though the consensus seems to be that she doesn’t actually exist, you can still try to prove otherwise – or just check out the Loch Ness exhibition!
I mean, let’s face it: a day or two was always gonna be spent mostly on the road, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make lots of stops and bask in the beauty of the Highlands – how many castles can you find in a day?
It’s time to leave the mainland and start exploring some of the many islands that adorn the surrounding waters: first stop, Orkney!
And boy, are there many to choose from! Skara Brae, the village that predates both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, the Tomb of Eagles, and Maeshowe, the Stone Age tomb, are just a tiny selection of all the fantastic sites.
Scapa Flow and the surrounding water is the forever resting place of many a sunken ship, and whether you’re already an excellent diver or just starting out, you’ll be able to investigate these ship bodies thoroughly. However, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a treasure in the deep blue.
Hop on another ferry, because we’re heading north (again!) – this time, the Shetland Islands are on our fun-filled agenda!
Nope, this is not a TP category, but something that’s a bit out of the ordinary: these weather-bitten islands are full of as weather-bitten castles, sparse but hauntingly beautiful nature – and puffins! Real, adorable, puffins!
The Shetlands is the northernmost point of Scotland, and since it doesn’t suffer from a lot of light pollution, it’s a superb location to watch the lights in the sky. More stars than you’ve ever seen before, and those dancing, colorful lights – is it nighttime yet?!
Speaking of sky, that’s our next destination – the Isle of Skye! Prepare for a magical experience; you might even spot a fairy or two.
Waterfall after waterfall fill the pools that, given their otherworldly setting and the ethereal mist that blankets the island, are known as fairy pools – the walk there is incredible, and if you’re not discouraged by the cold: go for a swim!
The cliffs, beaches, hills, and winding paths – everything on this island seems to be a custom-made movie prop for the Lord of the Rings or any film with a mythical element. Walk and drive around, but don’t miss the Old Man of Storr or the dino print at Staffin Beach!
Sick of islands yet? Good, because we’re hitting the Isle of Rum next! Just a heads up: you might want to bring your wetsuit for this one!
Yeah, the sights are neverending. They really are. Find delightful castles, enchanting nature, and the wildlife; the wildlife! Eagles, otters, deer, seabirds – and they’re everywhere!
They might be big, but their body volume matches their friendliness! If you didn’t bring your wetsuit, after all, you can spot them on boat trips – and sometimes even from the shore!
Back on the mainland, but don’t worry: you’ll soon be a bit above it!
Kintail is the home of a range of mountaintops known as the Five Sisters (there are brothers as well!), which are perfect for hiking, climbing, and taking in the most spectacular views. How many of the tops can you reach in a day?!
Another day of driving, but also another day of the striking sights of Scotland! Keep your camera ready; you’ll definitely use it.
The what now? It might sound like a Roman viaduct for whiskey, but this is actually the famous Harry Potter bridge! You know the one, with the smoke belching out of the train that’s taking them to yet another somewhat eventful term? Yeah, that one!
Now this, this is a cave! Surrounded by the most fascinating rock formations, Fingal’s Cave is not only incredibly beautiful, but it also has outstanding acoustics – so good that Mendelssohn found inspiration here!
Is it possible to ever get tired of old stone castles reflected in a pretty lake and surrounded by mountains? I don’t think so, which is why we’re making a stop at this castle as well. Can you imagine what it was like to actually live there?
Last day – already! What a shame. We’re gonna leave this one for you to do whatever you wish, but a tip is to explore Glasgow. Or, if you’re missing the history, pop to Largs and have a look at their Viking world!
Because, you know, there’s so much to look at! And don’t forget that you’re allowed to camp almost anywhere – and there are no bears! So, d’you think we’ve missed anything; what would your version of a 10-day road trip in Scotland look like?