Exploring Scotland! An 8-Day Summer Road Trip

As the summer sun casts its warm embrace over Scotland, there’s no better time to hit the road and explore this enchanting country’s stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Join Team Koper Mini on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Scotland! Last summer, in 2023, we set out on an 8-day road trip filled with excitement, laughter, and discovery. Buckle up, and let’s relive the magic of our adventure as we traverse this captivating country’s stunning landscapes and charming towns. You might want to take notes as you prepare for your ultimate Scottish road trip this year!

Ready to ride!

Our journey begins from our home in Johnstone, just on the outskirts of Glasgow. We passed through the vibrant city of Glasgow and hit the road towards the majestic capital, Edinburgh. With just a short, less than hour-long drive separating the two cities, we waste no time immersing ourselves in Edinburgh’s rich history and enchanting atmosphere. We stayed a night in Edinburgh. Lose yourself in the Old Town’s cobbled streets, hike to Calton Hill for panoramic views, and delve into history at the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Don’t forget to wander through the bustling stalls of the Royal Mile’s markets.

Calton Hill Edinburgh

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh behind, we venture northeast towards the charming coastal town of St. Andrews. As we wind our way through the scenic countryside, anticipation builds for the treasures awaiting us in this historic gem. A haven for golf enthusiasts, St. Andrews is also steeped in history and natural beauty. Visit the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, stroll along the picturesque West Sands Beach, and soak in the atmosphere of the quaint town centre.

The Ruins of St. Andrews’ Cathedral
St. Andrews Castle

Next stop, we headed to Dundee! Dundee is a city on the rise known for its maritime heritage and innovative design. Discover the wonders of science at the V&A Museum in Dundee. V&A Dundee is the first V&A museum in the world, outside London, and the first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland. We decided to stroll along the waterfront, embracing the lovely weather.

V&A Dundee

Then, we spent a night in Aberdeen. With its stunning granite architecture and golden beaches, Aberdeen offers a unique blend of urban charm and coastal beauty. Explore the historic streets of Old Aberdeen, relax on the sands of Balmedie Beach, and catch a glimpse of the playful dolphins off the coast. We visited Footdee, locally known as Fittie, the mid-19th century former fishing community in Aberdeen. It added a touch of authenticity, immersing us in the vibrant culture of Aberdeen’s seafaring heritage.

Footdee, also known as Fittie, Aberdeen.

The next day, we drove to the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness. The city is a gateway to our mysterious adventure. Here you can embark on a cruise along Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster, explore the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle, and immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of Culloden Battlefield.

Searching for Nessie!

We spent a night at a caravan next to the scenic NC500 route. It was a memorable experience for our kids.

A night at the Invergordon Caravan

And the next day, we headed to the majestic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Our visit to the Isle of Skye was like stepping into a realm of pure enchantment. We found ourselves captivated by the ethereal beauty of the fairy pools, where crystal-clear waters cascaded amidst moss-covered rocks, creating a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

Isle of Skye

In Portree, the island’s colorful capital, we were charmed by the picturesque harbor dotted with fishing boats and pastel-hued buildings, where we enjoyed the traditional fish and chips for lunch. And then there was the awe-inspiring Old Man of Storr, a towering pinnacle of rock that seemed to defy gravity, offering panoramic views of the island’s rugged coastline. Each stop on Skye revealed a new facet of its mystical allure, leaving us utterly spellbound by its natural wonders.

From the enchanting Isle of Skye, we journey south to Fort William, nestled amidst towering mountains and serene lochs. As we traverse the winding roads, anticipation builds for the outdoor adventures that await us in this picturesque Highland town.

The majestic Glencoe!

We took a scenic loop through Glenfinnan and Glencoe. History and nature converge in the picturesque village of Glenfinnan. Stand in awe at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films, and don’t forget to visit the poignant Glenfinnan Monument.

Glenfinnan

We were captivated by the haunting beauty of Glencoe. Hike through the dramatic glen and marvel at the cascading waterfalls and towering peaks surrounding us. We strolled around the village and were amazed by its tranquillity.

Then, we headed to Glasgow for a night before our final leg took us to Falkirk. History and innovation intertwine seamlessly in Falkirk, offering a glimpse into Scotland’s rich heritage and forward-thinking spirit. Our first stop led us to the majestic Kelpies, where towering horsehead sculptures loomed against the sky, a modern marvel echoing the area’s industrial past and mythical folklore.

The Kelpies Falkirk

Then, we wandered through the grandeur of Callendar House, a stately mansion steeped in centuries of history, with its elegant architecture and lush gardens providing a tranquil escape from the bustling world outside.

The Callendar House Falkirk

As our road trip draws to a close, we can’t help but feel grateful for the memories we’ve made and the beauty we’ve witnessed along the way. In total, we rode for 1,181 miles! From bustling cities to remote Highland glens, Scotland has captured our hearts! Feeling lucky to be able to call it our second home 🙂

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