With 900 km of road on site (excluding France-Scotland trip), this road trip in Scotland is long distances for a circuit of only 2 weeks. Indeed, Scotland is a country very cut with lakes, mountains, very wild coasts and it is necessary to take roads by skirting some points to join a tourist stage. In addition, journeys take time because roads are narrow, winding and lost in wilderness. This is why it is better to organize the itinerary in advance so as not to get lost, to optimize the time and to be able to pass through the many most beautiful places in only 2 weeks. This is what we managed to do with this round of Scotland quite complete.
Scotland Tour in 2 weeks itinerary – Stages of my route
The places listed below do not correspond to the places where we landed for the night. These are simply the points of passage or interest of my circuit:
Edinburgh – Forth Road Bridge – St Monans – Anstruther – Saint Andrews -Dundee – Glamis Castle – Braemar Castle – Balmoral Castle – Crathes Castle – Aberdeen City – Castle Fraser – Craigievar Castle – Dufftown Distilleries – Elgin – Fort George – Inverness – Kinlochewe – Torridon – Inverness – Loch Ness Lake – Plockton – Kyle of Lochalsh – Skye Bridge -Sky Island – Portree – Armadale – Mallaig – Glenfinnan – Fort William – Oban – Glen Coe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow
Scotland Tour in 2 weeks itinerary – Map of my route
Itinerary Scotland in 2 weeks – The advantages of this tour
When I developed this tour, I absolutely wanted to take a tour of Scotland in 15 days through Edinburgh and Glasgow. Positioning these two cities at the beginning and end of the circuit made the trip more balanced since the cultural visits were not concentrated on a single period or place.
It was perfect to start with Edinburgh to get a first glimpse of Scots, their habits, their culture and their history. And it was great to finish in Glasgow to enjoy the many museums, good restaurants and shopping just before returning to France.
This 2 weeks itinerary in Scotland allows you to climb to the Highlands (a region I loved), to discover Sky Island and its wild beauty, to admire magnificent Lochs, to go through splendid national parks without forget to visit the many castles and distilleries.
Of course, Lake Loch Ness being a must in Scotland should be part of my tour. But I must admit that this is not the most beautiful or the most interesting place in Scotland.
This itinerary for a tour of Scotland seemed perfect because it allowed us to discover all the facets of Scotland and Scots: breathtaking landscapes, majestic castles, passion for whiskey, golf, pubs , discover an incredible fauna (sea birds, seals …) and taste various and varied flavors (seafood, smoked meats, fudges …).
But what I will remember above all the Scots is the warm welcome they have given us throughout this tour. Scots are really nice people. They open their hearts from the first meeting and offer you everything that could please you.
And bed and breakfast accommodation greatly promotes contact with the Scots. Homestay accommodation will remain one of the best experiences of my Scottish tour. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than going to the hotel. That’s why, outside cities, we preferred this type of accommodation which has much more charm and friendliness!
See my article: Cheap accommodation in Scotland for a list of our hotels and BandB from all the stages of my itinerary.
Itinerary Scotland in 2 weeks – Disadvantages of this tour
This itinerary was entirely satisfactory concerning the tourist visits and the contact with the locals. However, we must recognize some small flaws:
- The gasoline budget is substantial;
- Travel times are quite long;
- The tour of Scotland is not complete (it would have taken us 2 months to do it !!!)
In conclusion, I would say that this 15-day itinerary in Scotland was the most optimized and profitable to satisfy my desire to Scotland even if it was a bit expensive.
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This is Edinburgh – Day 1