Plans are afoot for a Scotland holiday later this year. So whereabouts are we going? Well, we are actually staying at three different places. It’s a bit of a Scotland Road Trip! I haven’t done a whole lot of research yet, so I thought I would get some ideas down here. If anyone can recommend any gems that are worth visiting in the destinations below, let me know in the comments.
Inverness & Around.
So we have two nights booked near the Capital City of the Highlands, Inverness. I know little about the city, though I hear there is a Castle 🏰 ( of course! ) and an amazing Book Shop ‘ Leakey’s ‘ that is housed in an old Gaelic Church.
Inverness is from where the iconic tourist route the NC500 starts from. Although we are not following the NC500 , we will no doubt find ourselves stuck behind a queue of touring VW Camper vans at some point. Our trip is at the height of the tourist season, in August!
Our accomodation isn’t actually in Inverness ,so maybe we won’t find ourselves there much at all. A quick shop for supplies and we may very well be drawn away to Loch Ness for some Monster Spotting or The Black Isle for some peninsula perusing. Any suggestions?
We will probably only have one full day here as the bulk of our holiday will be spent below….
Gairloch & Wester Ross.
My other half has always wanted to stop in a lighthouse ( Me too actually! ), so I am over the moon that he has booked us a week ……in a lighthouse! Rua Reidh Lighthouse near Gairloch in Wester Ross looks out over a Sea Loch, Loch Ewe. It’s pretty remote and by all accounts and from what I’ve seen online, down a long skinny track with high cliff drops. Oh my! The views and the wildlife here are meant to be amazing so definitely looking forward to this portion of our trip.
If we are inclined to move from our lighthouse base, we will possibly check out Loch Ewe and it’s millitary history. During World War 2 the area was used as a rendezvous point for ships in the Arctic Convoys to Russia. A museum and Wartime Trail tells the story of their dangerous journeys.
Our nearest civilisation ( with shops etc) is the village of Gairloch, which looks out over Loch Gairloch. In the Summer , marine life watching boat trips set off from the harbour. There are light sandy beaches in the area and a striking red sandy beach , Redpoint Beach.
According to the National Trust For Scotlands Inverewe Gardens , the Highlands are home to the Big 5. Common Seals, Otters, Red Squirrels, Red Deer and Golden Eagle. Fingers crossed we get to see some of them. 🤗
Bo’ness & Falkirk.
After our stay on the west coast , we are heading back to the East Coast, our base for 2 nights is the coastal town of Borrowstounness or Bo’ness for short. Our motivation for staying here is the towns closeness to the phenomenal Kelpies monuments at nearby Falkirk. Inspired by industrial Heavy Horses and Mythical Sea Horses, ‘ The Kelpies ‘ are 100 ft tall !
Also at Falkirk The Falkirk Wheel looks like an incredible fête of engineering. As for Bo’ Ness , I haven’t done much research about the town. I know we are based quite near Edinburgh, so perhaps we will be enticed by Scotland’s historic Capital.
A Castle in the shape of a ship! Blackness Castle near Queensferry is a 15th Century Castle that is ship shaped and known as ‘ The Ship that never sailed. ‘ It just may be somewhere we can visit whilst in the area.
So there you have it. If anyone has any thoughts or recommendations please let me know in the comments.
Header Photo ~ Badachro Inn by Visit Wester Ross.
31 thoughts on “Scotland Trip Plans.”
Clava Cairns near Inverness is worth a visit, as is Culloden (National Trust). And there’s a tapas restaurant on Castle Street that is pretty fabulous. Linlithgow is near Falkirk, and well worth a visit – for the palace.
Cheers Emma. X
This sounds like it’s going to be a great trip, I hope you enjoy it when the time comes and you get lots of good photos 🙂
Thanks Eunice. X
We loved The Kelpies but didn’t get to the Falkirk Wheel. If you are a Da Vinci Code fan then Roslyn Chapel is definitely worth a visit and not too far out of the way. 😀
Thanks Carol. I am looking forward to seeing The Kelpies, wanted to see them for ages. X
We visit North West Scotland a lot, in the campervan you’ll be stuck behind! The sense of space and remoteness is incredible and the Beaches are pristine. Gairloch is a pretty harbour town and has a good, slightly alternative bookshop with a cafe attached, good coffee. Great fish and chips across the road too. Loch Maree is nice. I like Poolewe and inverewe gardens is special. We were there last Easter and sadly it had lost many of its old trees in one of the big storms. Don’t know if you enjoy much walking but the walk to Loch Kernsary from Poolewe gives great views over the surrounding hills and you may see a Golden Eagle there. The Perfume studio on the other side of Loch Ewe from you, another great cafe (and perfume/gift shop) with good views. Worth a drive north as well from Aultbea, good views along the coast road to the little beach at Gruinard Bay. You’ll have midges in August though, Avon ‘skin so soft’ is the thing to use. Enjoy!
Thank you Jim for all that info. I am really looking forward to being up there in the Highlands near Gairloch, the bookshop and perfume shop with cafes sound interesting. I would love to see a Golden Eagle. Midges, not so much!
Looks insane! I absolutely love it
Should be a good trip. 🙂
Best of luck!
It’s been too many years since we visited Scotland but Perthshire is glorious. Also, if you are anyway “poetic” you must visit the Burns Museum south of Ayr town in Alloway (National Trust). 🙋♂️
Thanks Ashley, we were in North Ayrshire last Summer but seemed to miss most of the Burns stuff. Something to bare in mind for the future. X
Are you an Outlander fan? Blackness Castle was one of the filming locations. Lots of nice walks up by the Kelpies, so much to see and do up there. Ah, this trip looks fabulous! Staying in a lighthouse sounds great fun. Look forward to reading your posts about it all.
Thanks Helen. I did watch the first three seasons of Outlander, I need to get back into it I think. X
I have been to most of these places and you can’t go wrong with them! We spent several days in Cromarty at the tip of the Black Isle last summer but i haven’t written it up yet – it was lovely. Most of the rest you will find if you search my blog (search box is only on posts, not on the home page and I don’t know how to fix that). One Greta walk we did on the way from the west coast to the Black Isle was Fyrish Monument – no-one has thrown that into the mix yet, so I’ll add it!
Thanks very much Anabel, good to get some recommendations from a local. I will check out your posts. X
All sounds good and I look forward to seeing what you actually do and I can’t give any ideas, living here down under, though I did achieve my wish when over once to go to Skye & loved it. I’d had the dream since I was 7. I’d love to go to Falkirk, it sounds so interesting. Hope you achieve your goals, take care & hugs.
Very pleased that you got to go to Skye, it’s lovely there. X
Falkirk is on my list. I think there is a walking path that goes from the Kelpies to the Wheel. There are plenty of Gin and Whisky distillerie on the way to Inverness. If you drive by Perth there is a great garden to visit.
And also on your way back home you might want to visit New Lanark village (I have a walk on my blog) just below Glasgow.
Thanks Melodie , that’s interesting about the walk from the Kelpies to the wheel. I will also look at your Perth garden post.
Is the road you mentioned the one known as the Route 66 of Scotland ? My son was talking about it on Sunday as it’s on his bucket list. Your holiday sounds wonderful, you had me with the picture of the bookshop.
Hi Cathy yes the NC500 is a driving route round the north coast of Scotland that starts in Inverness, we won’t be doing the whole route, just a tiny bit of it. I think it’s on a lot of people’s bucket lists. X
Your trip sounds very exciting, and just the type of holiday I would also enjoy. I will be reading with interest 🙂
Thank you. X
This looks like it will be a very fun and beautiful trip! I am looking forward to reading about it!
Thank you ❤️ Later in the Summer. X
Wow that lighthouse looks amazing. I am sure you will have an amazing holiday and like others I look forward to reading all about it.
Aw, thank you. 😊
Whee! This sounds like SUCH a wonderful trip! I hope you have wonderful weather for all the things you want to see.
Also, please promise you’ll go to Leakey’s and share ALL the details.
I will try. 🥰