There’s nothing quite like a Scottish road trip through the majestic, magnificent and mesmerising Scottish Highlands. So to help you hit the road with some of the best road trips in Scotland, we thought we’d share our three favourite Scottish road trips that start or end right here in Inverness.
1. Highland Tourist Route: The Road Trip For History Lovers
When it comes to unbelievable Scottish road trips, the Highland Tourist Route is perfect for history lovers. The route starts in the small, seaside town of Aberdeen and passes through the rugged landscapes of the stunning Cairngorms National Park before coming to an end in Inverness. Along the way, delve into 200 years of regimental history at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, hop on board vintage trains, buses and automobiles at the Grampain Transport Museum, imagine 18th century military life at the foreboding Fort George and relive the most defining battle in Scottish History at the Culloden Battlefield. Covering 116 miles of Highland history, with castles, museums and historical places of interest along the way, the Highland Tourist Route has a fascinating story around every bend.
2. Moray Firth Route: The Road Trip For Nature Lovers
Once you’ve had your fill of Highland history, take the road less travelled and discover the wild, untamed beauty of the North Highlands on the Moray Firth Route. This stunning, meandering semi-circle road trip departs from Inverness and takes you on a journey through the two of the most breath-taking and untouched parts of the country – Easter Ross and Sutherland. Along the way, enjoy the shimmering waters and picturesque scenery of the Beauly Firth, Cromarty Firth and Dornoch Firth. Shop for traditional Tweed at Campbell’s of Beauly. Visit the ancient Beauly Priory (an absolute must pit stop for all Outlander fans). And marvel at the stunning views, magnificent wildlife and historic attractions of the Scottish Highlands en route to Loch Fleet.
3. North Coast 500: The Ultimate Scottish Road Trip For Adventure Lovers
When it comes to Scottish road trips geared for adventure, it doesn’t get better than the North Coast 500. Named one of the top coastal routes in the world, this 500+ mile road trip across the north of Scotland is an experience unlike any other. The route starts and ends right here in Inverness, and covers an unparalleled network of fairy tale castles, white sandy beaches, high Highland passes and hidden trails along the way.
So there you have it. Our three favourite Scottish road trips that start or end in Inverness. If you are planning on taking the road less travelled with a road trip through the Scottish Highlands, be sure to check out the Kingsmills Hotel and make luxury accommodation in Inverness your first port of call.