Are there any locals out there or people who have visited Scotland and wish to share some tips on where to go and what to see?
I together with my girlfriend plan to take the car via boat to Newcastle next summer and then head north to Scotland. We plan to spend some where between 7-8 days in Scotland. I have made a rough plan so far which goes something like this. Newcastle – Edinburgh – Pitlochry – Dufftown – Inverness - Isle of Skye – Oban – Carlisle - Newcastle. We intend to visit a couple distilleries and castles but mainly just enjoy the Scottish countryside and narrow roads. Am I in your opinion missing something?
Is there a “must see” along that route or close by? I was at one time thinking of Islay since I love the whisky from that part of Scotland but it is so far of and I only have 7-8 days to spare. Therefor I think Islay will have to be a separate trip sometime in the future.
I am grateful for any tips!
Based on your schedule here are a few tips:
Edinbrugh - the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Leith (membership required), Whisky shops on the Royal Mile (Royal Mile and Cadenheads at least), Scotch whisky heritage centre -near castle
Pitlochry - Blair Athol distillery, fish ladder
Dufftown - numerous distilleries plus the whisky shop and museum in the middle of town.
Isle of Skye - Talisker Distillery, the gaelic whisky centre.
Oban - Oban Distillery - day trip to Mull is worth it.
There is lots to see and do - a great country to visit - lots of material from the scottish tourist board on the web.
have a good trip
Further north, before you get to Dufftown,
visit the Dalwhinnie Distillery in the village of the same name, and when you have been to Dufftown, visit the Walkers shop at their factory in Aberlour for some simply scrumptious shortbread.
If you get that far North, probably only 15 miles or so from Dufftown, then the Gordon & Macphail shop is a must.
That’s what my girlfriend and I will be travelling in.
Cheers and thanks again.
The AA voted the coastal road from Fort William to Durness the most beautiful and scenic route in Europe. The road is stacked full of scenery from the shores of Loch Ness to Eileen Donan castle. Then keep heading north through picturesque Plockton, head over to Applecross, Glen Torridon, Achnasheen, the beautiful Glen Docherty
( single track road ), Gairloch, the famous Inverewe Gardens which is on the gulf stream and grows bamboo and other exotic plants naturally, then us Drumchork Lodge Hotel where you can sample some of our 470 malt whiskies watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see and sample some of our locally smoked fish from the only traditional smokehouse in the country. Then travel north again see the Corrieshalloch Gorge which is the most natural gorge left from the ice age and then on to Ullapool.
A trip to remember
Undoubtedly not as dramatically beautiful as the Fort William - Durness road already mentioned by John, but in its own way a truly delightful experience - especially in a car like that!
Dalwhinnie is also a good visit, especially if you are classic malts member.
If in Edinburgh, then Cadenhead's is good, especially for cask strength whisky lovers. Also, Jenners on Princess Street has a good selection of stuff from Gordon and Macphail if you don;t fancy going to Elgin. Both Pitlochry and Edinburgh (Waverly) have a 'Whsiky Shop' which is worth checking out.
Finally, if you are on Skye, change into a leather jacket and go (not at the weekends) to Broadford Serpentarium and meet the royal python for a treat!
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