This video is about our roadtrip through the Scottish Highlands. On this trip we visit Edinburgh (click link for our full blog), St. Andrews, Inverness, the Isle of Skye, Falkirk, and many other locations around Scotland. We also share an amazing side trip to the Faroe Islands, which is just a short direct flight from Edinburgh.
Our Scottish Highlands Vlog
Our hope is that this video gives you some great ideas on where to travel in 2024. We think a road trip through the Scottish Highlands offers an opportunity to connect with nature, immerse yourself in rich culture and history, and create lasting memories in one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a unique adventure, driving in Scotland through the Scottish Highlands has something to offer everyone.
Other Reasons You Should Visit Scotland
Here are several reasons why you should consider embarking on a Scottish Highlands road trip in 2024.
1. Breathtaking Scenery:
The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their dramatic landscapes, including rugged mountains, deep lochs, lush glens, and wild coastline. The ever-changing scenery provides countless photo opportunities. We were overwhelmed with the beauty.
2. Historic Castles:
Scotland is known for its castles, and the Highlands are home to some of the most iconic ones, such as Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, and the dramatic Dunrobin Castle. Eilean Donan was our personal favorite.
3. Distinctive Culture:
The Scottish Highlands have a unique cultural heritage with traditions like ceilidh dancing, tartan patterns, and the sound of bagpipes. You can also explore Gaelic culture and language in certain areas.
4. Outdoor Activities:
The Highlands offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and wildlife watching. There are numerous trails and opportunities for adventure. We encountered a lot of rainy weather, so we hope to return again someday.
5. Whisky Tasting:
Scotland is famous for its whisky, and you can visit distilleries along your road trip route to sample some of the finest Scotch whiskies.
6. Dark Skies:
The Scottish Highlands are known for their dark skies, making it an excellent destination for stargazing and astrophotography.
7. Harry Potter Connection:
Fans of the Harry Potter series can visit locations that served as inspiration for the books and films, such as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Hogwarts Express steam train route.
8. Friendly Locals:
The people in the Scottish Highlands are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness, making your road trip even more enjoyable. We met many great locals during our road trip.
9. History and Heritage:
The region is steeped in history, from the Jacobite uprisings to the Clearances. You can learn about this fascinating history by visiting museums, battlefields, and heritage sites.
10. Scenic Drives:
The Highlands offer some of the most scenic drives in the world, including the North Coast 500, which takes you on a loop around the northernmost part of Scotland. We must note that, while beautiful, the driving can be stressful on the narrow roads with many tour buses.
11. Abundant Wildlife:
The Highlands are teeming with wildlife, including red deer, eagles, seals, and even the possibility of spotting the elusive Loch Ness Monster.
12. Peace and Tranquility:
The Highlands provide a sense of isolation and tranquility that can be a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
13. Local Cuisine:
Enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, including haggis, neeps and tatties, seafood, and freshly baked goods at local cafes and restaurants.
Best Time to Visit Scotland
We have linked a great website to this button showing the weather for this location by the month. Click below to be taken to Weather-and-Climate.com.