I am often asked by friends and visitors for suggestions of where to go and what to see if they ar coming to Scotland so I thought it worthwhile uploading my favourite route around the country.
Edinburgh (2 days to explore the city)
Edinburgh to Glencoe (2.5hrs driving time) but allow additional time to hang out in Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and around the Buchaille Etive Mor and Hidden Valley. Probably requires an extra couple of hours for the stops to take photos, etc
Glencoe to Skye, via Fort William. When travelling across Skye, allow time to take in the view around Sligachan where you get your first view up to the Cuillin mountains. You would probably want to make time to see the Old Man of Storr which is stunning and around Trotternish.
From the west coast of Skye (Uig) you can get the ferry to Lochmaddy on North Uist which is one fo the islands in the Outer Hebrides.
On Uist then Sollas is a great spot to explore the Island of Vallay and further round to Hosta. Look at google satellite images and you can clearly see the lovely white sand for ideas. If you go north on the ferry to Harris then that is where Harris Tweed is still woven in people’s houses but in Tarbert there is the warehouse where it is collected which also has a shop. The island is beautiful with mountains unlike those on Uist. On Uist though, look out for sea eagles and you can sometimes see otters too.
On the way back from the islands you could, if you have time, head from Kyle of Lochalsh, the mainland side of the Skye Bridge, and head up to Torridon, over to Inverness and down to Aviemore. If you do go via Aviemore, then it is worthwhile taking time for a walk around Loch an Eilein. It is lovely and doesn’t take long to walk around. If you have time it is also worth going up to Loch Morlich as the views over to the Cairngorm mountains is beautiful, especially at sunset.
And that is it. A good insight to Scotland.