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Think you need to travel abroad to be amongst beautiful mountains, crystal clear waters and driving routes with epic scenery!? Think again. The theme of Scotland trips tends to be “how is this in the UK?” because it’s that beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s on our doorsteps. There is so much to see, incredible campsites to stay at and plenty of epic routes to choose from. It’s also a prime spot for wild camping as it is tolerated here, so if you’ve been wanting to live life on the wild side, this is the place! We recommend Parkk4Night to find the best spots.
It can be a little overwhelming trying to plan a Scottish road trip. But don’t fear, we have created the perfect 7-day itinerary for you. Whether you are looking for non-stop adventure, to have a relaxing break or a happy medium between the two this route has something for everyone to enjoy.
Here is your Scotland Road Trip 7-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Edinburgh
Located in Scotland’s Central Belt, Edinburgh is an excellent place to begin your road trip. From the endless cobbled streets to a castle situated on a dormant volcano, it’s certainly a unique city to remember. Whether you like to slowly roam, head out on a hike or soak up breathtaking architecture, there’s something for everyone. It couldn’t be easier to begin your journey here. Simply select from our range of campervans to hire in Edinburgh and be on your way!
Day 2: Glencoe via Loch Lommand
Just a 90-minute drive from the city will take you to the region of Loch Lomond National Park. Once you arrive adventure awaits. There are so many incredible spots to explore either by walking, biking or swimming! You can also try something totally different and head out on a boat cruise. As the first glimpse of Scotland’s true beauty, this stop is bound to get you excited for what is to come!
Continue for an hour and you will be amongst an incredible mountainous landscape. Head to Glencoe mountain, Glen Etive or The Three Sisters for some of our favourite mountain spots. Hike, or dive into the lochs that sit below surrounded by imposing views of the peaks. Driving in this area offers endless spots to pull up hidden between the trees, listen to the sound of running water and open your doors to a mountain view. It’s true van life heaven.
Day 3: Isle of Skye Via Fort William
If you are keen to hike the highest mountain in the UK Ben Nevis, The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park is located in Fort William. If you aren’t a keen hiker, it’s still an excellent short stop to admire an incredible view and pick up some supplies! There is a BPS garage here that is happy for you to fill up with water if you are wild camping and need to restock.
You can find the location here: N 56°50’6.5256” W -5°4’32.0592” 56.835146, -5.075572
Isle of Skye
Next up is onto the Isle of Skye. There are two options here, you can head to Mallaig to catch the ferry, or you can always drive! A good option is to get the ferry onto the Island and then drive off to continue your route around Scotland. Once on the Isle of Skye, the options to explore are endless. Visit the Fairy Pools, hike the Old Man of Storr or simply drive along roads with some of the best mountain views you will see. There are plenty of places to park up if you wish to spend the night here or drive on to begin the next day’s adventure.
Day 4,5,6 – Begin NC500 – 3 days
From here, you begin the drive North to find the North Coast 500, a popular coastal route with endless spots to pull up at. Ullapool is an excellent place to begin just 2 hours from where you arrive when exiting the Isle of Skye. Be sure to check out the Seafood Shack for a delicious snack. Continuing North along the East Coast will bring you to incredible spots including Achnahaird Beach, Stac Pollaidh for a panoramic hike, Achmelvich Bay and Oldshoremore Beach. This is where you can begin to design your own trip and choose where you feel like resting for the night.
Continuing along the North of the coast sights to see are Smoo Cave, Melvich Beach and of course popular landmark John o Groats – the top of the UK! Once you have made it to the East coast you can soak up the scenic drive. We recommend pausing at the many castles along the way and maybe at Dornoch Beach for a break. For the remainder of this day take your time travelling down to Inverness. Here you can explore the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.
Day 7 Back to Edinburgh via Aviemore
Aviemore is the next stop and might just be one of the best! After the NC500 you will probably want to take things a little slower. This town is the perfect place to do exactly that. Known for its close proximity to the secluded lochs, ancient forest, mountain trails and views of Cairngorms National park it’s a true highlight. Visit Rothiemurchus Forest, the abandoned castle in Loch an Eilein or simply visit the mountain town to enjoy some local food and drink.
And you are back to where you began! Ready to drop off your campervan hire in Edinburgh and get planning for the next adventure. It couldn’t easier to get going. Book online in 3 simple steps, relax knowing you are insured and simply soak up all there is to see and do.