Brief Roadtrip Guide to Scotland

If you Are thinking about exploring the land in the north, here’s a quick guide to get you started

Mountains, Whisky, Lochs, Castles & Whisky

You must know what Scotland is, right? It’s this huge part of the UK that is covered with incredible mountain ranges, beautiful parks and miles of scenic landscapes in all directions. No matter what you’re into there is something for you. Scotland is home to world class mountain biking, surfing, walking, climbing, golf, drinking and eating! There is history and heritage at every turn from the founding of golf at St Andrews to the Castle in Edinburgh, definitely worth exploring.

Scotland has so much to offer as a destination for a motor home or campervan road trip. The North Coast 500 is one of the most popular road trip routes in the whole of the UK.

Getting To Scotland

Scotland is so extensive and there is so much to see a motorhome or campervan is the best option to soak in what the country has to offer. There are only two main roads into Scotland, the M6 which leads into the A74M and the eventually the M74 as you get closer to Glasgow. The alternative route is up the A68 from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

There are lots of smaller roads that can take you around congested areas but for the long drive up there it’s definitely easiest to stick to the main ones. Once you land in Scotland there are many routes into the highlands. The NC500 route starts and ends at Inverness Castle

What To Do in Scotland

As previously mentioned there is a lot going on up there in Scotland so we have tried our best to pick out the best of the best places to visit in this guide. Scotland covers an area of just over 30,000 square miles, has a 2300-mile-long coastline and contains over 31,460 lochs. Of its 790 islands, 130 are inhabited. The highest point is the summit of Ben Nevis (4406ft), while the bottom of Loch Morar is 1017 feet below sea level. Here are the top 10 places we would recommend a visit too:

  • St Andrews (home of golf)
  • Edinburgh
  • Falkirk
  • Perth
  • Dundee
  • Pitlochry
  • Fort William
  • Portnahaven
  • Glasgow
  • Anstruther

In the towns above you can explore until your heart’s content, each area offers completely different things to view and experience.

The Best of The Best

The following are examples of things to to see and do at the more specific end of the scale, reasons to come to Scotland. These 5 things are what we would consider the ‘must see’s’ of the country.

1. North Coast 500 Road Trip

The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route. 

This is one road trip to remember, offering you incredible views at every stage. People travel from far and wide with every type of vehicle to experience it.

2. Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile

The stone towers and walls of Edinburgh Castle have dominated the Edinburgh skyline since the 13th century. Perched atop black basalt rock, it offers magnificent views of the city and a trip through Scotland’s tumultuous history.

Edinburgh castle has an astounding 2 million + visitors per year, showcasing just how popular it is.

3. Golf at St. Andrews

St Andrews is the home of golf as we know it today, where it all began. Founded in 1750 and recognized internationally as golf’s ruling body, St. Andrews regularly hosts the famous British Open at one of its many 18-hole courses, the most famous of which is the par-72 Old Course running alongside the rugged coast.

The game of golf was the way of life for many local people, whether as players, caddies, ball makers or club makers.

4. Riding Mountain Bikes in Fort William & walking up Ben Nevis

Fort William is most likely the most popular Mountain Bike destination in the UK, attracting visitors from across the globe to ride it’s famous world cup tracks.

Right next door you have Ben Nevis, it is the highest mountain in Scotland and the British Isles. The summit is 1,345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles. Ben Nevis stands at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Highland region of Lochaber.

5. Exploring The Northern Highlands

The Northern Highlands was once a mountain range similar to the Alps or Rocky Mountains of today. Over hundreds of millions of years, these mountains were worn and flattened out by erosion and glaciation.

This has led to it being one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Rolling hills for miles with beautiful lochs dotted all over. Driving through the highlands is one of the most scenic drives you will ever do.