The trip to Scotland was my first visit to the country so I wanted to see more than Edinburgh, even though it was only a weekend trip. Scotland is famous for amazing nature, and we decided to take a day trip to see the highlands and lakes. We rented a car for one day, and the plan was to drive a distance that would take more than eight hours, in one day. And, that during winter, in Scotland, where they drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Help!
We started in Edinburgh very early in the morning. We were going to drive for eight hours, in addition to doing several stops. Unfortunately for us, the sun sets around four o’clock in the highlands in January, so we had to see everything we wanted to see before that. From Edinburgh we first drove to Stirling, which is a small and picturesque city. It is known for its castle, which is overlooking the city from the top of a hill. It is a nice place to stop on the way to the highlands if you have time. We just drove through the city because of our limited time.
From Sterling we took the A811 road towards Loch Lomond, and there are many beautiful sceneries along the road. A811 is one of the main tourist roads in Scotland. We drove by the village Drymen and headed to Balloch, where we visited the Balloch castle. We then continued along A82 to Luss, another city by the lake. A82 is another tourist route, which also had many places to stop for pictures. Such a beautiful area! Can’t imagine how nice it must be during summer.
From Luss we left Loch Lomond and continued along A82 to Glencoe. We had planned to stop at many sights along the road, but halfway a snowstorm hit us and we couldn’t see more than a few meters in front of us. I guess that is something to expect when going to the Scottish mountains in January! Luckily, we got some great shots before and after the storm, but it is sad that we missed several places we wanted to see.
Anyways – what we saw of the Glencoe area was amazing. The nature reminded me a bit about Norway and New Zealand. This is really a place to visit if you are in Scotland! It is not too far from Glasgow and Edinburgh – perfect for a daytrip.
From Glencoe along the A82 road until we arrived Fort William, where we took of the road and drove against Glenfinnan Viaduct. Glenfinnan Viaduct is the bridge where the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was filmed, the scene where Harry and Ron are flying the car above the Hogwarts Express. It was really cool to visit Glenfinnan Viaduct – recommended for all Harry Potter fans!
We managed to do quite a bit in a day! We were driving for more than eight hours in total, and had numerous short stops to enjoy the views and take pictures. If you have more time, use it well – you can spend many days up here. And it wasn’t too bad visiting the highlands in January, although we experienced the weather of all four seasons in one day – we had sunny moments, extreme rain and wind, and a snowstorm!