Looking Forward: Our Highland Fling

With a momentous month-long trip to USA planned for next year, Adam and I are planning for a cheaper road trip around the Scottish Highlands and Islands this summer.

Shamefully, despite Adam being Glaswegian, neither of us have travelled very far beyond the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh: we’ve explored around Loch Lomond, but beyond that, there is so much that we have yet to see.

I mean, what self-respecting Scot has never seen infamous hotspots such as Loch Ness or Ben Nevis, never mind the lesser known wonders such as the Fairy Pools or the Callanish Standing Stones!

Anyway, that’s all about to be rectified; here is our current itinerary :).


Sunday: Dumfries – Glen Coe


via Benmore Botanic Gardens (to see the redwoods),  Buachaille Etive Mòr,  Loch Achtriochtan – also known as Loch Trychardan,  and Glen Coe

Monday: Glen Coe- Isle of Skye

Via Fort William (and Ben Nevis- the highest mountain in the UK), Glenfinnan Viaduct, and Eilean Donan Castle.




Tuesday: Isle of Skye

Exploring Strathaird PeninsulaThe Fairy Pools, The StorrPortreeNeist PointSgùrr Thearlaich, and Trotternish

Wednesday: Isle of Skye- Loch Ness

Including a trip to Urquhart castle


Thursday & Friday: Around the Cairngorms & Stonehaven


Enjoying the FUNicular (we collect these!) and Dunnottar Castle


Saturday: Cairngorms to Edinburgh

Via St. Monans‘ Jetty, Fife and The Forth Bridge in South Queensferry. 


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:

Spend time in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas for our yearly comedy-fix at the annual Fringe Festival

Including a trip to Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian and the Isle of May to see the puffins!

Are we missing anything? (I know we’re not going particularly North, but we’re a bit limited dates-wise this trip as it’s sandwiched between Adam’s Dad’s wedding and a catch-up with friends in Edinburgh)

We’d appreciate any recommendations or tips!


5 thoughts on “Looking Forward: Our Highland Fling

  1. I just got back from a road trip around Scotland, visiting many of the same places! You definitely won’t be let down by Skye, and if you like seafood it is amazing up there! We visited urqhart castle as well and enjoyed, then stopped by the Loch Ness centre for some cheesy monster fun.


    1. I am really excited about the Isle of Skye. It looks out of this world. Crazy how you can have things (relatively) on your doorstep and fail to explore them! Glad to hear you had such a good time. Just hope the weather stays relatively dry: we’ll be camping for around a fortnight in total!


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