Scotland Drives – 5 of the Best
Scottish road trips are taking the world by storm!
You can experience some of the most beautiful landscapes, dramatic mountains and stunning coastlines, all from the comfort of your car, whilst driving through Scotland.
We have collaborated with Rhinocarhire.com on this post and are excited to announce that they now offer Cottages & Castles customers 10% off car hire in Scotland! This is brilliant news for you, especially when their range stretches from your lower range budget cars to the more speedy and luxurious wheels. Because they are the experts in the matter, we asked them to come and share 5 of their favourite driving routes in Scotland with you today. Let us know if you have driven any of them before and if you have a favourite one yourself!
To celebrate our partnership with Cottages & Castles, we’ve put together 5 of our favourite drives in Scotland. If you’re staying at any of their cottages, lodges or castles and renting a car, not only can you take advantage of our partner discount and save 10% off your rental car, you can now see where best to use it and enjoy some of Scotland’s finest driving roads, from Edinburgh to Inverness, the Trossachs to the Highlands, you’re never far from a truly memorable driving road in Scotland.
Glasgow to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Less than an hours drive north of Glasgow, Loch Lomond attracts visitors all year round. The A82 follows the Clyde from Glasgow to Balloch at the southerly point of the Loch, follow the A82 along the west coast of the Loch and beyond all the way to Crianlarich at the foot of Ben More. Pick up the A85 and A84 to continue your circumnavigation of the Trossachs National Park stopping at any of the smaller, lesser known Lochs on your travels. The walkers among you can take in Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the Munros standing at 974 metres (3,196 ft) to take in far reaching views of Loch Lomond and beyond.
Glasgow to Fort William
Continue along the A82, incidentally voted Britain’s Best Road in 2010, Fort William is within reach of Glasgow where the foot of Ben Nevis is on your doorstep. Narrow at points only adding to the drama, the A82 skirts Loch Lomond on its route to Ballachulish via Glencoe. Crossing Loch Leven the roads skirts the banks of Loch Linnhe all the way to Fort William, better views from the passenger seat of a car you’ll do well to beat.
Inverness to the Cairngorms
Whether approaching from Edinburgh or Dundee to the south, or Inverness from the north, the A9 is often referred to as the ‘spine of Scotland’ skirting around the Cairngorms National Park. At some 275 miles long, you’ll not be short of spectacular views as you take in Pitlochry, Newtonmore and Aviemore on route to Inverness. Go beyond, or head north from Inverness and you can continue the A9 all the way to Thurso. The coastal stretch from Dornoch all the way to Latheron via Brora and Helmsdale providing views you’ll never tire of.
Edinburgh to St Andrews
Our only motorway on the list, however it’s just a short hop. From Edinburgh head for the M90, where you can take the Forth Road Bridge or the Queens Ferry Crossing over the estuary. The third bridge you’ll see is the iconic Forth Bridge (railway bridge), the first of all the crossings opened in 1890. Once over the Forth, peel off the M90 onto the A92 north-east bound for Kirkcaldy and finally onto the A915 towards St Andrews. The drive from Edinburgh should be enjoyed as much as your stay here with numerous links golf courses along the way.
Applecross to Ullapool
One of the most talked about stretches of the North Coast 500, the west coast of Scotland offers some of the most rural stretches of single track roads anywhere along the 500 mile route. Rising from sea level at Applecross the roads transcend the rugged landscape and are not for the fainthearted. If it’s dramatic views you crave, you’re in for a treat, just make sure you enough storage space on your camera!
A special thanks to Rhinocarhire.com for blogging with us today. We are definitely going to hire from them the next time any of us plan a drive! They have a really impressive range of vehicles from economy / budget rentals such as Hyundai i10 & Fiat 500 which are ideal for city breaks / couples retreats, right through to compact, family and estate cars. They also offer premium cars such as Jaguar, Mercedes C and E-class and BMW 5 series. SUV’s and 4X4’s are popular for car hire in Scotland including the Toyota Rav 4 and Landrover Discovery and they even have a range of 7 and 9 seater vehicles for larger groups – they have thought of it all! You view their website HERE to find out what cars are available in different locations throughout Scotland.
We recently wrote a blog on country/city breaks, check it out HERE