8 Scottish Road Trips You Need To Know About


Whether you’re located in the North, South, East or West of Scotland, there is a Scottish road trip for everyone!

A road trip is always a good idea to relax, spend some time with your loved ones and switch off from your phone. And with so many things to see and do in Scotland, including trips to beautiful areas and places to enjoy the view, we’ve rounded up the eight best Scottish road trips for you to take this summer…

Best Scottish Road Trips

North Coast 500

This is probably the best-known Scottish road trips as it boasts beautiful views of both mountains and beaches. Starting and finishing in Inverness, this 516 mile route will take you through the great wilderness of Sutherland.

Visitors will see sights from mountain Suilven and Dunrobin Castle to Wester Ross with the Bealach na Ba road. But be careful as many websites warn drivers to be cautious on the twisty roads.

And while this road trip typically takes five to seven days, it might take longer if you want to snap a few photos!

Bealach na Ba - Best Scottish Road Trips

Bealach na Ba (iStock)

South West Coastal 300

This road trip will take you through the South West of Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway, and the best part is there is no exact starting point! So it is up to you where you join on the 300 mile route and also where you stop for a break.

All you need is a long weekend to explore the beautiful towns and villages in the area, like Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village.

Plus, we definitely recommend a stop by Sandyhills Bay for a swim, Castle Kennedy for its gardens or Dalmellington to check out the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory and learn more about space.

Lochinch Castle

Lochinch Castle (iStock)

North East 250

This 250 mile route only launched in 2017, but its beautiful scenery has already stolen many road trip lovers’ hearts.

Starting at Spittal of Glenshee on Old Military Road, adventurers can revel in some must-see sights of Aberdeen, Cairngorms National Park and Glenlivet which boasts whisky distilleries (perfect for the passengers!), lochs and sporting facilities for you to try.

It is also worth noting that this route can be completed in just three to four days, but there are so many things to do so it might be worth adding on an extra day to enjoy every bit of the North East 250!

Old Military Road

Old Military Road (iStock)

Angus Coastal Route

This 68 mile long route is perfect for a scenic trip between Dundee and Aberdeen, and to marvel at the different towns on the coast of North East Scotland.

Plus, with its ten suggested stops, The Barry Mill, the Arbroath Abbey and St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, it is the perfect trail to learn all about the history of Scotland.

Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey (iStock)

Perthshire Tourist Route

Woodlands and beautiful landscapes are what’s on offer in this scenic-tastic 43 mile long road trip. And, with the route serving as a link between Dunblane and Ballinluig, there are many places to stop off for a spot of hiking, like Comrie Croft, or for whisky tasting.

With two distilleries, a safari AND a chocolatier, it is the perfect road trip to take this summer.

Gleneagles - Best Scottish Road Trips

Gleneagles (iStock)

Moray Firth Route

If number one on our list, the North Coast 500, sounds too long, don’t worry as we’ve got you covered! There is also another route available from Inverness to the heart of the North Highlands.

Coming in at 80 miles long, Moray Firth Route was created for those who want to explore the beautiful landscapes of Beauly Priory, Rogie Falls and Dalmore over the course of a couple of days. The route also offers unforgettable attractions, like Campbell’s Highland Tweed House or Ferrycroft Visitor Centre – perfect for history buffs!

Cromarty Firth

Cromarty Firth (iStock)

Clyde Valley Tourist Route

Just outside Glasgow, you’ll find the starting point of this scenic route to Abington. Rich in historic castles, wildlife and the most beautiful countryside, this road trip is only 38 miles long which makes it perfect for a day away from the city.

Stop by the Falls of Clyde or Lanark Loch for a walk, or visit the Scottish Equestrian Centre Hotel for a horse riding experience, while you learn more about the beautiful heritage of Scotland.

Falls of Clyde - Best Scottish Road Trips

Falls of Clyde (iStock)

Galloway Tourist Route

As you travel from Ayr to Gretna, by the Anglo-Scottish border and through Galloway Forest Park, there are many things to stop and stare at during this 92 mile long drive.

The journey is also full of museums, activity centres and castles to teach you about the history of the city, or you can visit Threave Castle – the perfect trip for the whole family!

Threave Castle

Threave Castle (iStock)

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