If you are undecided about road tripping through the Scottish Highlands, just go. Simply get in a car, add a bottle or two of wine for an evening, a couple of snacks, good company and a GPS.
That’s all you need for an amazing journey of awe-inspiring landscapes, curious beauty and quirky discoveries.
You’ll discover azure skies bathing in still lochs, fairy cairns balancing on cliffsides, mist-draped mountain shoulders, and more castles than you can imagine (which is the best problem in the world).
It blew our minds – every time we turned another corner.
The further North/West we got into the Scottish Highlands (beginning in Edinburgh) the more our breath caught. Each time we rounded another bend another vista opened before us. The best recommendations for views we found by spotting other cars parked in side bays – it would have been easy to spend another 3 days properly meandering. At least.
Even the hardy port towns are cute – even their wallpaper was stunning. We fell in love.
We were never greeted with less than enormous smiles and home hearth hospitality, spend hours in the nearest comfy pub for meals and couldn’t believe the incredible history of Skye, known at the Winged Isle.
We were told that every season is different – the heather hues change to create a unique carpet over the landscape, the winter weather rolls in to create beautiful snowscapes, storms are glorious and blue skies are interchangable, sometimes every 10 minutes.
For those who prefer a little more traditional directions, this is the area we covered in 3 days and a fantastic route which we loved. We stayed overnight near Loch Ness and on the Isle of Skye.
I do have one regret though – not going back to re-take this perfectly still scene (at less than 60 miles an hour).
I guess we’ll just have to go back, what a shame!