From stunning sceneries, exciting activities, and tasty delicacies; the beautiful country of Scotland has so many things to offer its visitors. The good news is that it is very possible to experience all of these in only two weeks. While you can do this using the variety of modes of transport available in the country, hiring a car would provide you maximum freedom to go around the country.
So grab your luggage, brush up on those driving skills, rent a car, and drive your way across Scotland with this 2-week itinerary.
Start your escapade in Edinburgh, home of structures boasting Georgian architecture. Spend a couple of days in this area and marvel in the elegant Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. After doing so, head into Stirling. This is a region that is teeming with history as this is the setting of two of the most important battle in Scotland for independence. From here, take the short drive to Callander. Get out of your car and go cycling or hiking in its lush forests.
Early in the morning the following day, head northwest to Glen Coe. This might be setting of the disastrous Glen Coe Massacre but, today, it features lovely walkways and a quaint museum with interesting historical collections. Spend two days in this area hiking Ben Nevis and strolling through Steal Meadows to get to a 100-meter high waterfall.
On your sixth day, take a momentary stop to the historic Glenfinman Monument as you drive through the scenic Road to the Isles. You can also have a little stop in Loch Shiel where you can catch a steam train in the Glenfinnan Viaduct if your timing is right. Stroll through the sands of Morar then stop in Mallaig for lunch where you can get a ferry ride to the largest island in Scotland, Isle of Skye.
On Skye, go around the Cuillin Hills or go kayaking in its coastline. You can also go to the Talisker Distillery; grab a bite to eat in one of their local seafood restaurants; or shop for knitwear and crafts before heading back to the mainland.
Now back in mainland Scotland, drive into the mountain views of the northwest highlands, Glen Torridon, Loch Maree, then finally to Gairloch in time for lunch. Eat dinner in Inverness and stay two nights as you enjoy a wildlife cruise, historical tour, or rounds of golf.
Spend the remaining days of your two-week escapade in the Orkney Islands which is reachable via ferry or plane. This is a place that is teeming with historic areas than even date back to the age of the Egyptian Pyramids. There are the village of Skara Brae, Meas Howe Tomb, Ring of Brodgar, and sunken Second World War warships. You can also head to the cliff side and get a glimpse of puffins and seabirds.
Get back to Edinburgh by taking a short flight to Kirkwall. You can also sail to Inverness then catch a train to get to eastern Scotland. Otherwise, you can spend a night on the Caledonian Sleeper Train to get to London where you can finish up your vacation.
About the Author:
Amy C. is an adventure-explorer who scours the best places to experience the things that they have to offer. She writes about all her escapades in her blog. In her free time, she lends a hand in the blogging and administration activities of Greenside Group, a b deck and steel deck company. Stay tuned for her next post to know her latest adventure.