Maybe it’s the American in me, but I like a good road trip. And while a lot of places in the UK are easily accessible by train, driving allows me to stop and soak up the scenery (there’s a lot of it). I’ve done a few journeys around Scotland by car recently, and today I want to share a Scotland road trip itinerary with you.

Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

This is a road trip I’ve done twice in the last two years in order to get from the east coast to the west for my beloved sailing trips in the Scottish Hebrides. But even without the nautical part, the trip is still worth doing. And whether you have a handful of days or 10, it’s an itinerary that can fit into the time you give it (but it’s worth giving it as much time as you can).


My trips have started in the Scottish Borders, but to simplify things I’ll begin this itinerary in Edinburgh. The city has a lot to do and see, and I like spending a few days here before heading out.



When I leave Edinburgh I travel to Fife, which is rich with pretty towns and coastline.

Kellie Castle

My first stop is Kellie Castle. It not only has beautiful interiors but also a spectacular garden.

Kellie Castle Garden

St Andrews isn’t far from here, and its famous university and cathedral ruins make it worth a trip. I’ve heard the golf is decent, too.

St Andrews Cathedral

From St Andrews my itinerary continues with a drive to Falkland Palace for another dose of garden goodness.

Falkland Palace

Falkland itself is also lovely, and it’s fun to look around the town before driving off.


Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

From Falkland my Scotland road trip itinerary continues with a visit to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It’s one of my favorite places to soak up natural scenery, what with the emerald waters and stunning mountain views.

Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Fort William

Driving north from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, I keep my eyes glued to the window as I go through Glencoe (my boyfriend is driving, so it’s okay). The Highland scenery revs up here, and there’s a breathtaking view around every turn.

Ben Nevis

Soon I arrive in Fort William, where Inverlochy Castle makes a good lunch stop.

Inverlochy Castle

The views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles, are great on clear days. And that’s to say nothing of the gardens and grounds.

Giant Chess at Inverlochy Castle


From Fort William I start off for Mallaig. I drive through gorgeous scenery on the way, from moody lochs to spectacular beaches. I could spend an entire day on this stretch alone.



Once at Mallaig, my Scotland road trip itinerary turns back south towards Oban. The views of Loch Linnie sustain me along the route, and the seafood in Oban goes down a treat. From here there are lots of boats and ferries to the Hebrides, too.

Boat in Oban


When I’m ready to leave Oban, I drive along the gorgeous edge of Loch Etive, keeping my eye out for the highland cattle that like to stand in the water.

Loch Etive

Then it’s back through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, this time hugging the western shore of Loch Lomond itself.

Before I know it, I’m in Glasgow. This is another of my favorite cities in the UK, and I always spend as much time as I can here before heading east.

Glasgow from Above

Stirling and Falkirk

On the way back to Edinburgh, I stop off in Stirling for the castle and the Wallace Monument, which commemorates William Wallace of Braveheart fame.

From here I can’t help visiting the Kelpies in Falkirk. The largest equine sculptures in the world, they’re impressive to see up close.

The Kelpies

My Scotland road trip itinerary ends back in Edinburgh, where I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

Have you taken any road trips in Scotland? Where did you go?

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Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

14 Comments on Lady’s Legendary Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

  1. You’ve got me ready to go! I really enjoyed your post, it looks like a spectacular trip especially for natural beauty. And it’s cool you posted the map showing your route, which is very helpful in trip planning.

    Is Scotland your favorite country in Europe for natural beauty? Seems like it’s up there given how frequently you have been going!

  2. I love road trips! I spent a little time in Edinburgh on vacation a few years ago and it really made me want to explore the rest of Scotland. Great post!

  3. I’m doing a lot of this road trip next month and I can’t waaaait! I reckon Glencoe to Fort William is going to be the highlight (along with the Harry Potter train to Mallaig!). Looking forward to Loch Lomond too!

  4. Oh this is great! I have been wanting to put a plan together, what I should see while I live in Scotland! I’ve only managed to go to the Highlands once so far and really want to go again. Since I live in Edinburgh, that is what I know best haha.
    The pictures are really beautiful!

  5. Such a great itinerary, hopefully we’ll get to visit Scotland again soon! We’ve only made it to Glasgow and a couple days in Inverness to far, but definitely want to explore more. I miss road tripping!

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