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Scotland’s West Coast 500 Road Trip

Take in the views of the Isle of Jura from the Kintyre peninsula

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Between March and November

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add a few days exploring Scotland's north coast?

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Take in the views of the Isle of Jura from the Kintyre peninsula

Scotland’s West Coast 500 Road Trip

Best Time To Go

Between March and November

Why not...

add a few days exploring Scotland's north coast?

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No of Nights


Head west away from the crowds and do what we love best: driving off the beaten-track on some of the most scenic coastal routes in the UK.

At McKinlay Kidd we love to go our own way and help you explore away from the beaten track. While the North Coast 500 has achieved incredible popularity as a kind of Caledonian Route 66, Scotland boasts so many other wonderfully scenic meandering roads. To help you discover them on your own Scottish self-drive tour, we’ve designed a glorious West Coast 500 Road Trip, an odyssey through Argyll and the West Highlands. Expect awesome asphalt, vast vistas, coastal curves and agreeable accommodation. Just pack your sense of adventure and hit the road.

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Day One – The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond 

Day Two – Heading North West to the Secret Coast

Day Three – Around the Secret Coast

Day Four – Across Loch Fyne to Kintyre

Day Five – The Mull of Kintyre Beckons

Day Six – Knapdale, Crinan and Kilmartin

Day Seven – Further North and Across Ardnamurchan

Day Eight – Road to Mallaig and Boat Trip on Loch Nevis

Day Nine – Over the Sea to Skye and on to Plockton

Day Ten – Strathcarron and Arresting Applecross Peninsula 

Day Eleven – South on a Final Epic Day on the Road

All McKinlay Kidd self-drive holidays are planned and booked on a tailor-made basis, so can easily be adapted to suit your personal requirements – dally a bit longer, add in an island adventure or celebrate a special occasion – just let us know your thoughts when you enquire.


This road trip holiday begins in Loch Lomond, before veering into Argyll’s Cowal peninsula, then across Loch Fyne to Kintyre before looping back north through Kilmartin Glen. You then head further north to Arisaig and then hop across the sea to Skye for the day before travelling to your final base in Plockton. The return journey to complete your circuit brings you through brooding Glencoe.


£1195 per person in March & November, £1275 per person in April & October and £1345 in May to September. 

Prices based on two adults sharing double or twin ensuite accommodation for 10 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Ferry crossing for car and passengers from Portavadie to Tarbert and from Mallaig to Armadale is also included, as well as a one-hour boat trip from Mallaig as part of a small group.

Car rental is not included, and of course we would be delighted to provide you a quotation from a wide range of vehicles. We would also be delighted to assist with any travel arrangements to and from Scotland you may wish to make.

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.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

We work hard to make sure the unexpected doesn’t affect your trip. On rare occasions, changes or cancellations may occur, affecting accommodation, transport or excursions. We are committed to informing you of any such circumstances and will use our knowledge and resources to offer suitable alternatives wherever possible.

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