Best Time To GoMarch - October
Spring or autumn are wonderful seasons for this trip.
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There can’t be many more instantly vivid ways to start your best of Scotland road trip than this. North from Glasgow, within 30 minutes you’ll skirt the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond before crossing wonderfully bleak Rannoch Moor and entering the intimidating valley of Glen Coe. Take your time and make a day of the journey on your way to your first base.
What could be better than an historic five-star property, set on its own private island? Reached by tiny bridge, there’s an immediate soothing quality to this very special place. Surrounded by ever-changing views, your only choices are where to look, in which direction to wander, and what to enjoy from the menu in the fine-dining restaurant or more relaxed lounge. When available, you can even pamper yourself with a treatment in the spa or dip in the pool.
Whenever we find ourselves here, it’s tempting to forget about the road for a day, simply strolling and lounging the hours away. On the other hand, should you wish to cover some ground, the place is surrounded by terrific routes and we’ll be happy to point them all out to you.
A great day on the road beckons. Make your way north along the length of Loch Linnhe, skirting the shadow of Ben Nevis and onwards past glistening Loch Lochy. Soon, you’ll experience the wow factor of Glen Garry, passing one of the world’s most photographed castles on your way to the Skye Bridge. Once on the island, it’s an hour or so north to your next hotel.
Easily one of the finest accommodations on Skye, your hotel here is a family owned gem, majoring on the finest local produce both in the bar and at the table, relaxed, attentive service and a lightness of touch to the colourful interior design.
While it’s true that Skye has seen an increase in popularity in recent years, believe us when it’s still simple to find yourself alone amidst the most overwhelming scenery the UK has to offer. We’ve covered virtually every inch of this place over the years and never tire of finding new corners every time we visit, from craggy coastline and rocky ridges, to swooping valleys and superb driving routes.
Continue your road trip across country today. Return to the mainland and point your nose north-east to Strathcarron, crossing the wild terrain of Ross-shire. Eventually the Cromarty Firth appears within touching distance on the way to the genteel Highland town of Dornoch.
Just on the edge of Royal Dornoch golf course, your accommodation here is a privately owned hotel with but a handful of rooms. Inside the honey-coloured sandstone house, you’ll find an arresting collection of carefully chosen pieces from the owner’s collection, bringing a unique feel to the relaxing lounge, the fine restaurant and cosseting accommodation.
Perhaps another day to leave the car behind as you stroll the machair and beach on you doorstep, or explore the back-in-time streets of Dornoch, with its cathedral and amusingly repurposed jailhouse.
We love the drive south from Dornoch, often tempted, as we are, to stop in the Highland capital of Inverness, bracing ourselves for the challenge of the UK’s highest mountain pass, pitching and twisting its way to Braemar in the heart of Cairngorms National Park.
Having undergone a year-long complete refurbishment, it’s not difficult to understand why this place has been lavished with awards since its recent reopening. Privately owned, its proprietors have called on their lifelong love of art and antiques to create an atmosphere bordering on fantasy, every detail taken care of to the most exacting standard. We’re sure you’ll love it here.
Within easy reach of your hotel you’ll find more castles (including a little bothy named Balmoral) than in any other area of the UK; take in one or two of these, perhaps the local motor museum and a mountain pass or two before a fine dinner at your hotel.
A shorter day on the road today, giving time to meander across the Spittal of Glenshee and perhaps taking in Scotland’s ‘lakeland’ of the Trossachs. Soon you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of Dunblane and your final base.
A quite lovely place to spend the last two nights of your road trip, your hotel in the rural area around Dunblane is a five-star gem owned by a certain Wimbledon tennis champion and Olympic gold-medallist. With an in-house Roux restaurant, the dining here is every bit as good as the sumptuous accommodation.
The appealing city of Stirling is but a short drive from your hotel, home to perhaps our favourite castle of all, whose hilltop location affords one of the best views in Scotland. Seemingly within a stone’s throw you’ll find the impressive tower of the Wallace Monument as well as one or two terrific lunching opportunities.
You’ll find it difficult to tear yourself away from so much Highland beauty and luxury but all good things must come to an end as the saying goes.
This holiday includes stays in Argyll, the Isle of Skye, Dornoch / Cromarty, the Cairngorms National Park and Highland Perthshire.
£3075 per person for March & November, £3250 for April & October and £3425 per person for May to September.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin ensuite room for ten nights on a bed and breakfast basis in our hand-picked selection of hotels.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions and recommended routes from your specified starting point, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
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