This route takes you round the main highland and coastal sites of Scotland. Remember driving in Scotland is on narrow roads behind tractors and therefore can be slow. Highlights are
- Loch Ness and monster visitor centre
- Highland beach
- Coastal sandy beaches with azure seas
- Harry Potter Train
- Cairns as old as the pyramids
- Cairngorm Mountains
- Iona Abbey with 48 Scottish Kings buried
- Loch Lomond
- Beatrix Potter Garden
- Ferry ride
Day 1 Edinburgh to Tobermory – 158 miles
This route includes much highland scenery and plenty wee places to stop for lunch. Take the ferry from Oban to carigure a ride of 48 minutes. Check the ferry timetable but 1400 or 1555 seems good. remenber you have to arrive earlier tyhan this. Bookings can be made on the calmac ferry site and its about £30 ( but check)
Ther are various things to do on Mull. A trip to Iona to see where many Scottish Kings are buried is good. A visit to Calgary beach finds azure seas and golden sands. The city in Canada is named after this place. Best place to stay is Tobermory and booking.com will give you options but there is also Glengorm Castle – at a price!
Now if I had my choice i would do the boat tour to see dolphins and visit puffin island. Its 6 hours on a boat tho’ from 0945 to 16.30 so an extra night is required.
Day 2 Tobermory to Inverness – 125 miles
Ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan takes 30 minutes, Things to see on the way inlcudes distillery, Glenfinian viaduct and Harry Potter train. The must stop is the Loch Ness visitor centre with a big model of the monster. I’m not sure I would stay in Inverness – its concrete city centre is not very atractive but hotels may be cheap. Nairn is a nice town to the east with a good beach. I liked Clava Cairn as it’s 4000 years old
Day 3 Inverness to Pitlochry
Plenty to see on this route as per map. Pitlochry is a Victorian Highland town that is pretty with good accommodation and plenty to do.
Day 4 Pitlochry to Edinburgh 2 hrs drive
Spend the day looking at the local sights – and ther are many. Its motorway for the last bit of the trip and a fast drive to Edinburgh. You could not bother stopping in Pitlochry and motor to Edinburgh if you wanted an extra day on Mull.