You bomb up the main roads from Edinburgh to Stirling, over the Forth Bridge. You do Stirling Castle, stay the night, do the Wallace Monument next morning see the huge sword wielded by William Wallace. Then Pitlochry, down Strathummel, see the Queen’s view, back up to Aviemore. See the Cairngorms. Then on to Inverness, see Culloden Moor battlefield. Down Loch Ness, watch out for the Monster. You hit Fort William, take the steam train across the Harry Potter viaduct to Mallaig, look across the water to the Isle of Skye. Back down, through Glencoe, across the Moor of Rannoch, down beautiful Loch Lomonside to Glasgow. That’s the way that most tourists do Scotland.

Its awful, don’t do it. You’ll be exhausted. It is like gorging on chocolate. Too much, far, far too much. In Scotland, journeys take twice as a long as you think they are going to take. The traffic up here knows two speeds, slow and slower.

Find a nice spot and stay there for a few days. At each place you stop, burrow your way into the little roads, the local castle, the view, climb a hill, take a trip on the loch, go to the local hotel bar for a meal. Look for the deer, or the eagles, or the seals, or the dolphins.

Chat to someone local – surprise, they‘ll chat back.Each of  these spots has a self catering facility on our home page self-catering offers

Try a visit to Port Appin. Never heard of it? Very few people have. Take the little passenger ferry to the Island of Lismore, walk to see the ancient ruins of a wonderful broch. Have lunch on the Pier or afternoon tea at the many starred Airds Hotel..

Go to Comrie. Where? Near Crieff. Wonderful smooth Perthshire hills, wooded glens. Lovely Loch Earn. See the reconstructed old iron age crannog on Loch Tay. Great golf courses. Gleneagles not far. Pitlochry and the Queen’s View just up the road.

Try Dunbar. Wonderful rugged coast South-east of Edinburgh. Scottish and English soldiers have marched through it countless times waging their endless battles. All the old border towns are within reach.

Stay at Dornie. Visit the most photographed castle in the world, Eilean Donan. Have lunch in Portree, Skye, just up the road a bit. Walk on the spectacular Seven Sisters. Visit Inverness if you have to. Look for the monster. £5 says you won’t spot it.

Remote Arisaig, look out to the Hebrides, laze on the famous sands of Morar, look for the other monster – yes, there is, take the ferry to Skye. Breathe in the beauty of the place

Seriously, just do a little bit of Scotland at a time. You can’t do it all. Don’t try.
Port Appin ferry
Photo Recorderist
The Deil’s Cauldron
Photo Kris TC
Historic Dunbar
Photo Ridgway
Plockton near Dornie
The Cuillins from Arisaig photo Bob008
Touring Scotland by Road