Road Trip: Scotland

18 January 2017

Road Trippin'

I was standing in the middle of no-where on a small island off the coast of Scotland, it’s around 8 o’clock, normally rush hour for most places, but here it was silent. I was stood alone with nature.

I was standing in some of the most spectacular scenery I think I’ve ever laid eyes on, the Quiraing is just one of the many astonishing sights that the Isle of Skye has to offer with it’s incredible layering and mountains in the distance. What a perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just take in some beautiful scenery in an almost unreachable part of the world.

My visit to the Isle of Skye was just a small part of a much bigger road trip. I’d never visited Scotland before, so it was really a blank canvas of where to explore first. Inspired by a friends recent trip to Scotland I started to map out some ‘key’ spots to explore before joining them into an epic road trip taking me over 1400 miles around the country.

The itinerary was fairly straightforward…head up north from Lincolnshire, aiming for a quick trip through the Trossachs, into the mighty Cairngorms, along the edge of Loch Ness, into the highlands towards the Isle of Skye, explore Skye for a few days and then return home via the legendary Glen Coe area. Quite a route!

As a ‘car’ person I tried to incorporate as many great drives as I could whilst still allowing for time to take in some of the stunning views. My first ‘great drive’ was Dukes Pass, a road that took me up from Aberfoyle up to Loch Katrine. The view as you finally approach was Loch Katrine was beautiful, the loch (which is actually Loch Achray) shimmered as the low lying fog moved above it. There was something quite eery about it all but strangely captivating.

My next drive was one that I was looking forward to immensely. The Old Military Road. Evo Magazine actually named this one of their favourite driving roads in the United Kingdom and for good reason. The road takes you from the small town of Blairgowrie up into the Cairngorms experiencing so many different types of road and scenery. The road really should be on everyone’s ‘to visit’ list. Making the decision whether to stop to take in the scenery or continue the rhythmic flow of the road is a tough one though…

The Isle of Skye was the real surprise though – I expected it to be pretty but having seen everything else prior to arriving on the island I was really doubting how it could get any better. How wrong I could be! Skye has some of the most fascinating landscapes I’ve ever come across, rough and rugged Culling mountains or the more majestic looking Quiraing hills. If you’ve not been up here you really need to.

I immensely enjoyed my trip to Scotland and can’t wait to head back again in the future. There’s so much more of this amazing place to explore.