Are you planning a trip to Scotland? Driving is undoubtedly the best way to see the best of Scotland and with highlands, wild islands, white sand beaches, stoic castles, historic monuments, welcoming villages and friendly locals is can be hard to decide on the best Scotland Itinerary. If you are touring Scotland by car for one week here are some ideas to get you started.
Scotland Road Trip Itinerary: Places to Visit in Scotland by Car
Here is some inspiration for your Scotland road trip itinerary to make your one week in Scotland a visit to remember. Self-drive tours are a great way to see the country at your own pace. Touring Scotland on your own is easy, the scenery is stunning and the locals friendly. Check out this post and start planning your own Scotland road trip itinerary.
Places to visit in Scotland by car:
Edinburgh is the perfect place to start your Scotland road trip itinerary.
Edinburgh is an easy city to visit by foot or using public transport, so if you are trying to visit Scotland on the cheap picking up your rental car on your way out of Edinburgh will help you stay on budget.
We stayed in an apartment on the iconic Royal Mile which included car parking a 10-minute walk away. There are also car parking buildings throughout the city.
You could fill a week or more in Edinburgh but if you only have a day or two you can still see some of Edinburgh’s best sites.
Glasgow seems to have a reputation as the ugly sister to Edinburgh but it has a lot to offer. The city steals the hearts of many and only an hour from Edinburgh you don’t have to decide between the two, you could easily visit either by train or car as a day trip.
Glasgow has a thriving music scene, with plenty of museums and great food. The people of Glasgow are known as Glasweigans are well known for being friendly and chatty with a distinct accent and local slang.
Glasgow is still on our list of places to visit but one of my favourite bloggers has been and she writes about her trip here.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
It was raining when we were passing Loch Lomond. Low clouds clinging to the well quenched green landscape that surrounds Britains largest lake. Even though it is less than an hours drive from Glasgow the area feels more remote and you really feel like you are entering the Scottish Highlands.
With the weather the way it was and limited time to make our evening Ferry to Oban we decided to push on to an indoor activity at The Cruachan Power Station.
For wildlife enthusiasts, you might like to stop at one of the birds of prey centres.
There are two bird of prey centres near Loch Lomond.
Falconry, the art of hunting for food using trained birds of prey, has been practised in Scotland for centuries and is a strong part of Scottish History and culture. At each of the bird of prey centres, you can learn more about the conservation and heritage of the practice of Falconry as well as have the chance to see a demonstration and even experience it for yourself.
Be sure to check the times of the flying displays when you plan your visit.
Cruachan Power Station
Visit a power-station within a mountain.
Found inside a hollowed-out mountain this power station is an impressive feat of engineering. A lake on the top of the mountain and a Loch at the bottom. A network of tunnels and turbines converting the gravitational potential energy into electricity able to be rushed onto the UK grid at peak times in only 28 seconds! With an engineer father and husband and science mad kids, we were thrilled to stumble upon this example of physics in action.
The power station can only be visited by tour which runs at regular and frequent intervals throughout the day. A visitor centre with a café and small playground makes a good place to stop and enjoy the views of the Loch even if you don’t take the tour.
Oban is a charming seaside port town.
We visited for an afternoon and spent our time stocking up for our trip to the Isle of Mull at the local Tesco, eating homemade chocolate and drinking good coffee at The Oban Chocolate Company. Dinner looking out over the harbour and devouring fresh and delicious seafood at Waterfront Fishouse restaurant rounded off a perfect day.
Oban has its own distillery, ruins of a 13th Century Castle and Museums.
The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary is a great place to visit in Oban with kids with rescued marine creatures on display in the indoor aquarium , a working seal hospital, otters and seals to see outdoor. Feeding and education sessions run throughout the day. There is a touch and feel rock pool where children can hold starfish and crabs and an adventure playground in the forest.
Isle of Mull
Isle of Skye
Blair Atthol Watermill
Perth is a historic riverside city. There are plenty of attractions around Perth to keep you busy and its central location make it a great location for day tripping.
On the outskirts of Perth visit the Scone Palace one of the most important buildings in Scottish history and the home of Kings. The grand palace is full of antique furniture and the stately gardens even have a playground for kids to enjoy.
Fairytale Blair Castle with its pristine white exterior and 30 furnished rooms to visit is found in nearby Blair Athol.
While you are in Blair Athol check out the Blair Athol Watermill and Tearooms, the small working watermill is used the grind the flour used in the bakery, the artisan bread with a rich crust is used to make the best gourmet doorstopper sandwiches.
Other things to do in Perth include the Famous Grouse Experience, Scottish Crannog Centre. Find more things to do in Perth here.