Scotland Road Trip - Getting Lost In The Highlands Wilderness
- Day 1 - Wednesday Night 17/4/19, Sheffield
We set off from London after work and picked up the car from Avis in Euston, £160 for 5 days.
Our first overnight stop was on the edge of the Peak District, in Sheffield. We stayed in our friend Hannah's family home, where we were greeted to a lovely home cooked dinner. This was a great way to break this trip down and get going early in the morning.
- Day 2 - Thursday 18/4/19, Loch Ness And The Scottish Highlands
For the first two nights we picked a central location in the Scottish Highlands. Invermoriston, close to Loch Ness and within a decent distance to the Cairngorms National Park and Ben Nevis.
- Day 3 - Friday 19/4/19, 4 Hour Hike Of Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh
- Day 4 - Saturday 20/4/19, On Route To Edinburgh Via The Cairngorms
After that we took an Uber to our first viewpoint Calton Hill which is in the centre of Edinburgh, we then took a short 15 minute walk to Edinburgh Castle (it's an easy city to walk through) and then made our way to the highest pub in the city and dating back to 1680, The Ensign Ewart Pub. We started the night there listening to some really good live Scottish Folklore music, before we made our way through the old town to Stramash for some more live music and then finished off the night in pursuit of a deep fat fried mars bar which we found in a fish and chip shop. When in Edinburgh eh.
- Day 5 - A Sunday Morning in Edinburgh
- Day 5 - The Lake District
The next morning, we sat outside enjoying the early sun of April and had a breakfast style picnic before we made our way for our final 5 hour trip back to London to drop off the car. That was the end of a great time on the road and a lot of memories made in just 5 days.
Where will the road takes us next ?
5 Top Tips and Suggestions
- Rent a car in Central London or close to where you are leaving from - this is easier as there are no queues, easier due to the location being close to our work, thus saving us a lot of time, as opposed to renting from an airport which suits tourist who have just arrived.
- Use a reliable accommodation booking service - although we usually go for Airbnb, there were not many locations in Scotland on offer when we searched about two months before, so we found all our stays for around £30 per person per night, through Hotels.com and Booking.com.
- Make a decent food shop early on if you are planning on cooking - this saved us quite a bit of time. We didn't need to go to shops, especially when we were in remote places.
- Suggested places we would have liked to visit: The Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis and Stirling Castle. Possibly the North Coast 500 route which is a whole other adventure.
Basic things to pack checklist:
- 1-2 long-sleeve t-shirts
- 2 short sleeve t-shirts of tank tops
- 1-2 sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies or cardigans
- 2 pairs of jeans, pants or leggings
- Waterproof windbreaker
- 1 dressier outfit to go out
- An umbrella
- Reusable water bottle
- UK converter, unlocked phone and UK sim card (if visiting from outside UK)
- Headphones and a decent playlist
- 1 good book
- A camera or a smart phone with a good camera