Are you dreaming of a trip through tall green mountains along rugged coast lines through a country spotted with castles and ancient towns? Scotland is for you and you don’t need to sign up for an expensive tour to see it’s best.
Fly in to Edinburgh, you can get a flight from any major international airport in Europe and some direct from the east coast of America.
There is a direct bus from the airport to Edinburgh city, look for the signs or ask in information, it couldn’t be easier. Outside of Edinburgh you need a car to see castles, golf courses, and distilleries. There are not that many roads so you can’t get too lost if you just follow the signs to the next village on your route.
Driving Tip – DON’T look for road or street names. DO Look for signs to city or village names along your route. On round-a-bouts simply exit when the arrow is pointing to a town in the direction you want to go. When you are driving just make sure you (the driver) is in the middle of the road.
Ideal Accommodations: Bed and Breakfasts
The best part of most of the UK are the outrageously filling breakfasts. Every B&B we checked into we were greeted by a friendly owner and given a list of breakfast options “Pick all the things you want”. You can start every day with 2 egg, sausage, bacon, black-pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast and tea or coffee. Heavenly.
- Rent a car – to see outside of the city you will need a car. Yes, you would have to drive on the ‘wrong side’ of the road. Just put the driver in the middle of the road and in an hour or two you should be fine.
- Drink Scotch. Visit your favorite distiller’s website and book a visit. Ask locals at bars and B&B what the Scotch the Scottish drink and try it. My new favorites are Aberlour and Oban.
- Stay in a small village. We stayed in Glencoe to research my dad’s family heritage, but there are so many wonderful villages that make for a meaningful one night stay and local experience.