Did you know that in 2019 Scotland had 3.5 million international overnight visitors? Beyond that, there were domestic overnight visitors from Scotland and Great Britain (13.8 million) and around 133 million day visitors.
Scotland has a booming tourism industry, and with the beauty and history of the country, it’s no surprise. Are you planning to visit Scotland?
Do not miss anything while you are there. Grab your map and keep reading for Scotland Road trips that will leave you in awe.
One: The North Coast 500
This road trip will take you through various towns, including Inverness, Wick, Applecross, and more. Along this route, you will find castles, ruins, and beaches.
If you are planning a shorter Scotland vacation, road trip ideas like this may not be the best idea. To truly experience the North Coast 500, you will need a minimum of two weeks.
This type of trip is perfect to rent a campervan for hire and really immerse yourself in the experience. If you happen to take this cross-country road trip in the autumn or winter, make sure to stop in Applecross, Lochinver, and Ullapool to experience the Northern Lights.
Two: The Argyll Coastal Route and Loch Ness
This road trip will take you to Glasgow, Lochgilphead, Oban, Fort William, Inverness, and more. The road trip destinations along this route are perfect for seafood lovers and stunning sunsets.
If you happen to love Harry Potter, make sure to visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Filming the second and third Harry Potter movies occurred in the Glenfinnan area.
There are also many opportunities to explore history and nature along as you explore during this Scotland vacation.
Three: Isle of Skye Road Trip
This is a great Scotland road trip for those who do not have a lot of time. While you can drive the Isle of Skye in six hours. However, to truly be able to explore the destination, you should dedicate a few days to this trip.
Along this route, you will find castles, gardens, hiking, stunning landscapes, and more. Some of the suggested stops include Old Man of Storr, the Magical Fairy Glen, and Eilean Donan Castle.
Four: Cairngorms National Park Route
This is perfect for a Scotland day trip or weekend. If you prefer exploring slowly, you will want to make this trip over a period of at least two days. However, if you don’t mind a bit of a time crunch, you can make this trip in one day.
On this trip, you will visit Braemar Castle and the town. You can also visit Cairngorm Mountain. If you are there during ski season, strap on some skis and have fun.
However, there are also amazing views of the Cairngorm National Park from this mountain. This is a great place to experience some of the natural beauty of Scotland from.
Start Your Scotland Road Trip
Are you ready for your Scotland Road trip? Pack up your car or campervan and hit the road with your favorite tunes.
Did this article spark the wanderlust in you? Be sure to check out the Travel section of our website for more inspired trip ideas.