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1. Posted by Sendim (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone have ideas on traveling through Scotland by car. Any suggestions on preferable time in the year; cultural events not to be missed; special locations not to be missed; typical things to eat...

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 955 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


Good choice. A driving holiday in Scotland is a great trip.

At any time of year you can have some rainy days, but it's more likely in winter.
In summer (june to September) you can get midges - small biting flies. Some people obsess about avoiding them, for others they are no big deal. They are only around at dawn and dusk by standing water, and don't fly in rain, full sunlight, or winds above 5knots.
So the ideal time is spring - April and May. But anytime can be okay - I am planning to go in February.

In the West Highlands you find the spectacular scenery. Drive north from Glasgow and the whole west coast is worth seeing. Highlights are Glencoe, the Small Isles (daytrips on ferry from Mallaig), Skye, Torridon, Assynt. Oban, Fort William and Ullapool are good bases. The 3 Isles daytrip from Oban is very good, taking you over Mull to Iona and Staffa. If you are into walking, the best daytrip is a ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Eigg and take the walk up the Sgurr of Eigg. Details of the ferries are on

If you like whisky the best territory is further east, around Speyside. Lots of distillery tours around Grantown, Dufftown and Elgin.

If you want castles, tartan and bagpipes, look up Glamis Castle, Blair Castle, Stirling Castle or Balmoral Castle.

For prehistory, Orkney is amazing. Stone circles, henges and chambered burial tombs. Far more impressive than Stonehenge. Day tours are available from the mainland starting at John O'Groats.

Culture: on the west coast and islands you will find traditional music in pubs - folk bands and ceilidh dances. Haggis is the traditional delicacy, it's lamb mince and herbs served with turnip and mashed potato, or a more modern "treat" is a Mars bar supper - available in a lot of fish & chip shops, it's a battered deep fried Mars chocolate bar served with chips.

Your itinerary looks very good. If you have time, here are a few changes you could think about making.
Between Glasgow and Oban, you could cross Rannoch Moor and Glencoe - you will miss seeing Inveraray but the scenery is wonderful.
On Skye, if you are able to travel just north of Portree there is a great landscape to see along the Trotternish ridge. A landslip has created unusual features - Google the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing.
Between Braemar and Perth, you could detour west to visit Blair Castle and Pitlochry.
But you already have most of the best bits on your route. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jan-2016, at 07:20 by Andyf ]