From Edinburgh to SKYE passinb by the highlands
DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR
The one described in this post was our 10 days itinerary in Scotland, a road trip that made us discover all the main attractions of Scotland stating from Edinburgh, passing by the Highlands and arriving in the Isle of Skye.
The 10 days tour starts in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, a really charming city with its medieval Old Town that brings you back to the XVII century with ist narrow alleys and its architecture. 2 nights of this tour in Scotland are dedicated to discovery of Edinburgh.
Then the real road trip around in Scotland starts: rent a car and move towards Stirling, a small city that where the history of Scotland had been made in its amazing castle that hosted the royal court till 1603. In the moors in front of Stirling Castle the actions of national hero William Wallace took place. The next of this tour in Scotland is the Dunottar Castle, whose ruins are in a wonderful and scenographic position on a cliff near Stonehaven.
Then you reach Inverness, nice town where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the River Ness and where you can spend the night before exploring the most famous Scottish Loch: Loch Ness. After some kilometers among lush and colorful hills you get to the Urquhart Castle, whose ruins facing the lake of Loch Ness are one of the most iconic places in Scotland.
The it's time to drive along the North Coast 500, across the Highlands, stopping by Tain for a night. The 10 days tour in Scotland now moves in the Highlands passing by the Dunrobin Castle and getting to Wick where you can visit a whiskey distillery, the Old Pulteney, and then the ruins of Castle Sinclair Giringoe. Duncansby Head is another wonderful place with suggestive landscapes and views over the Orkneys Islands. If you're lucky you can spot puffins on the cliffs around the Head. This part of Scotland is truly remarkable!
You'll spend the night in Tongue before the long stage that will lead you to the micro town of Applecross driving on the curvy and panoramic North Coast 500.
Finally the Isle of Skye, most beautiful place in the entire tour! Here you will spend two nights in a harsh, but amazing Nature! Then you'll move southward passing by another Scottish icon: the Eilean Donan Castle, wonderful, and by true movie sets before getting to the quite and relaxing harbor town of Oban.
The last part of this tour in Scotland will make you visit Loch Lomond, where to spend a night before returning to Edinburgh in order to your last Scottish hours in the amazing capital.
the tour - day by day
Day 1: Edinburgh
Once arrived in Edinburgh, visit the Old Town, Grassmarket and Greyfriars in particular, and take a stroll on the Royal Mile. Climb Calton Hill at sunset ( 10.30 PM in Summer ) to take some classic and beautiful pictures of the city.
Day 2: Edinburgh
The day begins with the visit of the majestic Castle of Edinburgh. The tour will take two hours, then you can walk along the Royal Mile moving towards New Town. Take a break for lunch at Princes Street Gardens where you can enjoy a sandwich on the perfect grass viewing the Old Town. In the afternoon stroll among the avenues of the New Town towards Holyrood Palace. If you have enough time visit the Palace, otherwise walk back to the centre of the Old Town.
Day 3: Edinburgh - Stirling - Dunottar Castle - Inverness
The road trip in Scotland starts. Rent the car and drive towards Stirling where you can visit the nice Old Town before entering in the impressive castle. Nearby there is also the William Wallace Monument. Back in the car, drive towards East and the charming ruins of the Dunottar Castle. Finally Inverness, where you can stroll on the shores of River Ness.
Day 4: Inverness - Loch Ness - Urquhart Castle - Glen Affric - Tain
During this day you'll explore the epic Loch Ness driving on pleasant panoramic routs on the Southern Part of the lake. Once you get to Fort Augustus take a short brake before visiting the Urquhart Castle, likely one of the most visited castles in Scotland. Trekking lovers can stop by the Glen Affric, that offers different paths. Finally take the North Coast 500 and spend the night in Tain.
Day 5: Tain - Wick - Castle Sinclair - Duncansby Head - Tongue
Finally the wonderful Highlands! The first stop is at the fabulous Dunrobin Castle, then you reach the city of Wick, driving on nice panoramic roads where you can stop occasionally to take pictures. In Wick you can visit the Old Pulteney Distillery and then Castle Sinclair, built on the cliffs. After few kilometers a stop at Duncansby Head is mandatory before getting to Tongue among amazing landscapes.
Day 6: Tongue - Durness - Applecross
This is the longest stage of the tour in Scotland. You will drive on curvy but spectacular roads. Stop at Durness for Caribbean style beaches and then go southward till the micro town of Applecross.
Day 7: Applecross - Isle of Skye
Finally the Isle of Skye! Start from Applecross and after having driven on the unbelievable Balach na Ba, reach Kyle of Lochalsh and entro in the Isle of Skye. Take a lunch brake in Portree, where you can visit the color harbor and in the afternoon visit the Trotternish Peninsula with its panoramic viewpoints: Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing.
Day 8: Isle of Skye
A day on the Isle of Skye. First of all, visit Neist Point, a lighthouse on the North Western part of the island. Then move towards Dunvegan for the Dunvegan Caslte and the Coral Beaches, white Caribbean style sandy beaches. Finally the ruins of Duntulum Castle on the Ocean and the marvellous scenery of Sligachan Bridge.
Day 9: Isle of Skye - Eilean Donan Castle - Glenfinnan - Glencoe - Oban
Unfortunately the time on the Isle of Skye runs up and the last part of the road trip in Scotland begins. The first stop of the day is at the Eilean Donan Castle, a wonderful icon of Scotland. The it's time for wonderful and true film sets at Glenfinnan and Glencoe. Oban, relaxed coastal town, is the last stop of the day.
Day 10: Oban - Invereray - Kilchurn Castle - Loch Lomond
The last stage of this road trip in Scotland starts from Oban. Then you'll stop in Inveraray to visit the castle of the Duke of Argyll, one of the most important noblemen in Scotland and in the whole United Kingdom. The ruins of another castle, Kilchurn Castle, are your last stop before getting to Loch Lomond.
Day 11: Loch Lomond - Edinburgh
You go back to Edinburgh for your lat day in Scotland.
Budget and costs
In our 11 days in Scotland we spent € 1,500 per person flying with Ryanair ( € 205 ) and staying in b&bs spending on average € 50 per person a night. We bought our lunches at Sainsbury saving a lot, while we had dinner in restaurants spending on average € 30 per person.
If you want a super low cost ... keep in mind that in Scotland free camping is permitted, thus you could save a lot of money.
fede & marco
" EVERY LONG JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP "