5 things to do in…the Scottish Highlands!

 

On our trip to Scotland, we decided to rent a car to take a tour of the Scottish Highlands.  Now this may not seem like a big problem to some, but we are a couple of Canadians, which meant driving on the other side of the road, so it was a tough decision for us.  We went for it and were not disappointed!  Here are some of the biggest highlights of our driving tour around the Scottish Highlands.

1. Feed the Reindeer in Cairngorm National Park

This spot is a 3-hour drive from Edinburgh, but it is such a cool experience, it is definitely something to consider.  We highly recommend, making it a stop on your way between Edinburgh and your next stop (in a town like Inverness) on your Highlands tour.  The reindeer herd is located in the Cairngorm National Park, so the drive in is quite scenic.  The original herd was brought over from Scandinavia in 1954 and the same family has looked after the herd since that time.  A guide takes the guests on a short hike up to the herd’s pasture and provides some grain to feed the reindeer.  There are only certain times that the tour goes each day, so it is important to look into this before planning a trip up there and make sure to get there on time.  It is such a unique experience and you get to spend a considerable amount of time amongst the reindeer!Scotland - Evan Feeding 2

2. Driving up to Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is one of the largest Lochs (Scottish lake) in all of Scotland.  The loch provides many very picturesque sights that are breathtaking.  It is only a short drive (~1 hour) from Glasgow, so it is an easy trip to do in a day.  It is a nice way to experience the Scottish Countryside!Scotland - Loch Lomond

3. Visit St. Andrews

St. Andrews is located about a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Edinburgh.  The city is most well known for golf, as its old course is considered to be one of the first courses ever built.  Since Scotland is the birthplace of golf, it seems like a visit to one of the country’s most historic golf courses is a must.  This course has been featured as the host of multiple professional golfing major championships.  St. Andrews is a pilgrimage spot for golf fans from around the world!  If you would like to say you played golf at St. Andrews but don’t want to pay the expensive green fees that must be booked well in advance, they do have a couple of putting courses/greens that make a for a fun experience.Scotland - St. Andrews

4.  Visit Culloden

In 1746, Culloden was the sight of one of the bloodiest battles in all of British history.  It was a battle between the British Government (the Hanoverians) in power at the time and the Jacobite Army, who were fighting to reclaim the throne for the Stuart family.  In present day they have set up an excellent visitor center that gives the full breakdown of the conflict of the 1700s.  You can then wander the grounds and see the well-marked spots where the battle was waged (on your own or in a free tour).  It is the perfect spot for anyone who loves looking back at history, which Evan absolutely loves!Scotland - Culloden

5. Do an overnight trip to the Isle of Skye

It would be a shame to say you missed out on seeing the Isle of Skye on a trip to Scotland.  Glasgow is the closest big city to the Isle, so this makes for a good starting point.  It is too far to travel here for a day trip and a day trip would miss a lot of the sights to see on the Isle of Skye, so plan to stay at least one night.  The Isle of Skye is the prototypical Scottish countryside that is shown in movies and TV shows.  The rugged, yet grassy, mountains making their way down to the ocean are best exemplified on the smaller islands and it is the easiest Isle to get to from the main Island.  It is fantastic to see the views!  Another advantage of a road trip up to the Isle of Skye, is driving by the Eileen Donan Castle.  This is one of the most spectacular locations for a castle anywhere in the world.  It is perched out on a tiny peninsula in the middle of one of Scotland’s many lochs.  Such a spectacular sight!Scotland - Skye Bridge

Well, that is our final “Top 5” list for Scotland.  Of course, there are many other things we could have added to the list, but we just wanted to give you some ideas to get you started.  You will notice we didn’t even mention searching for Nessie at Loch Ness, which could be due to our disappointment with not finding her, but Loch Ness is another picturesque loch if you have the chance to check it out.  We hope our advice helps you have a spectacular trip to Scotland, we know we did!

What did we miss?  What “top 5 list would you like to see next (check out our travel guides to find out where we’ve been)?  Let us know in the comments below!

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