Planning a staycation? Take one of these breathtaking Scottish roadtrips
As American as the fourth of July, the road trip is a proper institution across the Pond but you can enjoy a coastal route to rival any on the planet right here in Scotland.
Starting with the daddy of all routes, The North Coast 500. Beginning and ending in Inverness, it’s a stunning 516-mile circuit around the north coast of Scotland which, in our opinion, should be enjoyed at leisure, punctuated with Michelin-starred pit stops and Instagram-friendly scenery along the way. Read our full feature and recommendations here.
There are a handful of other, shorter routes that make the grade too, like the North East 250, taking you right to the heart of Scotland and exploring just about everything for which the country’s famous; golf, beaches, heritage (the route takes in Royal Deeside and it doesn’t get more heritage or royal than Balmoral Castle) and whisky, dropping off at Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland.
Immerse yourself in the hard stuff and stay at the character-laden Craigellachie Hotel, a great spot to relax and close to the Craigellachie, Macallan and Cardhu distilleries. It’s also home to the famed Copper Dog pub with one of Scotland’s biggest collections of whisky. Make sure you try their signature drink when you’re there; a freshly juiced Granny Smith apple mixed with a good measure of their own label Copper Dog whisky. It’s worth the drive alone.
South West 300 is a newish tourist route which does what it says on the tin and covers 300 miles of the South West of the country. It’s a relatively quiet and family-friendly route with striking coastal views, taking in quaint villages and the gorgeous Galloway Forest along the way. Ticking the box of superlatives, you could visit Scotland’s highest village, Wanlockhead, nestled in the Lowther Hills, or the most southern point in Scotland, the Mull of Galloway.
However, you decide to travel, we reckon if you hire a campervan for the week,your Scottish road trip is guaranteed to be tonnes of fun.