A comfortable vehicle, music on the radio and the open road ahead – is there anything better? Well, if that road happens to be a Scottish one, then certainly not. Scotland is a perfect location for a truly memorable road trip, with thousands of tourists packing up to traverse the lands in all seasons. Here are the 4 best reason for journeying through our majestic country.
Scotland is full to the brim of breathtaking sights, from iconic Glen Coe to Loch Ness and the Forth Road Bridge. Magnificent mountains, tranquil glens and dramatic coastlines are just the beginning too, and a road trip is a perfect opportunity to see as much scenery as possible. Don’t forget to factor in a little extra time for all those photo opportunities and rustic lunch breaks at the many beauty spots!
The Wild Camping
Forget luxury hotels with their mini soaps and shower caps – the real adventure belongs in the wilderness of the outdoors. Scotland is unique in the UK for its relaxed rules on wild camping, allowing explorers to camp on unenclosed land. Be brave and try it out – wild camping is particularly excellent for star gazing and (responsibly placed) campfires, allowing visitors to enjoy an evening spent roasting marshmallows under an endless sky.
No matter where you go in Scotland, a castle is never very far away. In fact, it’s estimated that there were once up to 3000 castles in the country – nearly one for every 100 square miles. Unlike fancy palaces, Scotland’s castles were built to withhold enemy attacks and protect their occupants, and each one has its own special history. From Edinburgh Castle to Balmoral and the iconic Dunnotar Castle placed on the north east coast, there’s plenty of dramatic strongholds to transport you back to the time of kings and clans.
Scotland has over 790 offshore islands, with around 94 of those permanently inhabited. They’re divided into four main groups : Orkney, Shetland, the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. Battered by the sea, these islands have some of the most dramatic landscapes of the country with rugged mountains, moors and coastlines. Discover adorable seals in Skye and puffins on St Kilda, or sample a dram at one of the isles’ legendary whisky distilleries. Even better, many of the islands are accessible by regular ferries or day trips by boat.