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Wayne Benson

New Hampton (New York), New York

Ideas for scenic country drives

Next summer my wife and I are taking her parents to Ireland and Scotland (where they grew up) as a 50th anniversary present. There are about three days in the middle of the trip (in Scotland) when they’ll be with family and we’re going to rent a car by ourselves, and see the countryside. Where should we go? We want the true scenic Scotland experience: rolling hills, sheep, wind, you get the picture. Oh, and the family they are staying with are in Aberdeen, but we don’t care where we are—we just want to see green and sky and come home in tartan.

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  • Rory Watt

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    Starting from Aberdeen drive Northwest up the A96 and then bear off to Craigellachie taking a stop at the Macallan Distillery. Take the A95 Southwest to Aviemore in the Cairngorm National Park . Then continue Southwest and take a stop in Fort William and a hike up Ben Nevis Peak if you're a good walker (there's a moderate difficulty tourist path up to the top).

    From there take A82 North, then A87 West to the coast. Visit Eilean Donan Castle near Kyle of Lochalsh then take the road bridge to the Isle of Skye . Take a tour around the island and eat at the The Three Chimneys in Dunvegan (it's fantastic).

    Back on the mainland, take the A87 back the way you came in and then continue on A82 North to Inverness . You'll drive right alongside Loch Ness , and take a stop at Urquhart Castle . From Inverness, take A96 East to Elgin then South and you'll end up back in Aberdeen .

    This trip will take a few days to a week (how long depends on how much driving you do in a day), but will give you a great view of Scotland.


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    • Wayne B.

      Wayne B.

      Amazing Rory, my wife and I really appreciate this. I think that you've given us more than enough options for three days -- we may even have to lengthen our stay as these all sound great. Thank you Rory! · (0 likelikes)

    • Debbie L.

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      Wow, nice, Rory! You're definitely a Scotland expert. Can't wait to visit all these places myself some day :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      What an amazing answer!!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Shrirang Joshi

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    We were in Scotland many years ago.

    1. One day within Edinburgh city is a must.
    2. May be you can visit a day to visit Fort Augustus where you get to see the smaller version of a canal through which ships can travel against gravity.
    3. Near Edinburgh city there is (or used to be) a Swarovski crystal factory. You can visit them.
    4. Edinburgh Castle , The Scotch Whisky Experience factory tour are two other must-visit places.
    5. Walking on the cobbled paths in the city is also a nice experience.

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      Great Edinburgh suggestions, Shrirang! By the way, I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer! :) · (1 likelikes)

    • Wayne B.

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      Thank you Shrirang! We're very excited about Edinburgh. Just don't tell my wife about the Swarovski crystal factory. She loves crystals and jewelry so my wallet would take a beating there ;) · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks Debbie. Will add the map information in future. · (0 likelikes)

    • Shrirang J.

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      Wayne, Few more places - Loch Ness and Inverness. - On Princess street, there is a museum where the jewelry acquired by the British has been displayed. - The Royal Mile (which is close to Princess Street) is a nice walking area. - There are few beautiful castles around Edinburgh. - There is a wool factory around Edinburgh where you can visit. All these places I am suggesting are good for one day trips with Edinburgh as the base. We did it this way and it worked wonderfully well. You could always drive, but, there conducted one day bus trips as well. · (1 likelikes)

    • Wayne B.

      Wayne B.

      Thanks for the additional suggestions! These sound great. · (0 likelikes)

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