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Elgol, Isle of Skye

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7 Days of Iconic Sightseeing in The West of Scotland

The west of Scotland has it all: culture, castles, striking islands, seafood specialities, towering mountains and mystical lochs. Take a scenic drive from Glasgow, and see all the top sights for yourself. We've planned it all out for you with this seven-day itinerary. See how much you can pack into your trip!

  • Distance 341 Miles 546 km
  • Transport Boat
  • Main theme Sightseeing

Day 1 Glasgow

Begin with a day discovering Glasgow's culture. Scotland's biggest city is renowned for its style, energy and huge personality, so it's a perfect place to start. 

Glasgow City Sightseeing Tour Glasgow

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See all the city's best bits from the top seat of a double decker bus! With multi-lingual guided tours, a great view of the city and plenty of fascinating facts, this is a fabulous way to get acquainted with a brand new city.

Burrell Collection Glasgow South Side

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The Burrell Collection

Visit The Burrell Collection in the heart of Pollok Country Park. This recently refurbished building is home to one of the greatest art collections with thousands of objects spread across 24 galleries and spanning more than 6,000 years of history. You'll find famous artworks from Rodin, Degas and Cézanne, as well as medieval, Chinese and Islamic art.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow West End

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Exterior of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

Glasgow's trendy West End is home to Kelvingrove, a free museum packed with over 8,000 intriguing objects and artefacts. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of art, from the Dutch Old Masters and the French Impressionists, to perhaps its most famous piece, Christ of St John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.

Shop in Glasgow's West End Glasgow

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Friends enjoying a night out in Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow

Glasgow's West End was ranked 20th in the 'Coolest Neighbourhoods in the World' for 2023, according to Time Out .

Afterwards, take a wander along Byres Road, a pleasant, bustling street lined with a variety of independent shops. You'll find some great places to eat and drink in this part of town - be sure to try Ashton Lane for a few local favourite spots. Glasgow also has superb accommodation options, so you can rest and recharge your batteries after a busy day in the city.

Day 2 Glasgow to Loch Lomond

Leave the city in your rear view mirror and drive towards the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond. Here, you can start to unwind with a spot of pampering and a big dose of fresh air. You can rent a car in Glasgow from several locations, and the drive to Loch Lomond should take about an hour and a half. 

Cameron House on Loch Lomond Arden

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Cameron House On Loch Lomond

Indulge with a lengthy luncheon at this magnificent baronial mansion, where you'll find a selection of restaurants and brasseries. Golfers can tee off at the 18-hole championship course, and there's a tranquil spa, complete with a rooftop infinity pool.

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Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

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Loch Katrine

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a hiker's paradise, with stunning vistas in every direction. Lace up your boots and explore the  Luss Heritage Trail , a lovely short walk around a quaint loch-side village. Or, why not spend another day here and challenge yourself to something a little more strenuous? The most southerly Munro  Ben Lomond ,  Ben A'an , and  The Cobbler  are all rewarding climbs nearby.

An Ceann Mòr, Inveruglus Tarbet

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Looking out over Loch Lomond from Inveruglas.

Take in the glorious views of Loch Lomond from the top of this 8 m high, pyramid-shaped viewing platform on the west side of the loch, made entirely from sustainable timber. The perfect spot for a selfie! 

Day 3 Loch Lomond to Oban

Dragging yourselves away from Loch Lomond might be tricky, but there are islands, boat trips and many more adventures ahead! Upon arrival in Oban, take the  Calmac ferry  across to the Isle of Mull and explore this island for the day, before heading back to the harbour town for a stroll and some of Scotland's freshest, quality seafood.

Tobermory Tobermory & North Mull

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A sea plane glides over the multicoloured houses along the pier at Tobermory, with the hills of North Mull over the water in the distance

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Explore this wee port town with its distinctive row of pastel-coloured houses. There is a distillery, a local museum and several pubs here too. 

McCaig's Tower Oban

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McCaig's Tower, Oban

Stretch your legs by taking the short climb from Oban town centre up to McCaig's Tower to admire the views across the bay and towards the isles. 

Seafood in Oban Oban

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Ee-Usk Seafood Restaurant

If you haven't yet experienced this region's top quality seafood, what are you waiting for? Oban is Scotland's 'seafood capital' and is famous for its flavoursome feasts. Along the harbour, fresh catch is hauled straight from the shores and onto your dinner plate. Enjoy!

Day 4 Glencoe

Now it's time to visit one of the most striking and other-worldly places in Scotland. The A82 road through Glencoe takes you through a deep valley carved out by glaciers. The sheer size of the valley ridges will make you feel tiny in comparison.

Glencoe Visitor Centre Glencoe

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Glencoe National Nature Reserve

The glen has lived through a turbulent and dramatic history, leaving an atmospheric imprint on the landscape. Stop for a cup of tea at the educational visitor centre, before going on a short walk to the infamous location of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

Clachaig Inn Glencoe

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Clachaig Inn set in the heart of Glencoe.

For generations, the Clachaig Inn has been a handy stop for weary walkers traversing the glen, but it also happens to be a filming location for Hagrid's Hut in the third movie installment,  Harry Potter and  the Prisoner of Azkaban . 

With towering peaks looming out of every window, this cosy inn has made room for weary travellers for over 300 years. It's the perfect place to stop and refuel after a day outdoors. Get to know the locals and try some of the local ales and beers, or settle down for a hearty pub dinner. 

Day 5 The Road to Skye

This exciting section of the trip will take you past some spellbinding Highland landscapes before crossing over to the Isle of Skye. Stop the car to take in the views at Glen Sheil, before taking the A87 across the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh to discover this famous isle.

Broadford Broadford

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View across Broadford Bay, Broadford, Isle of Skye.

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The journey from Broadford to Egol is stunning – but it is essential to check bus times and plan your route carefully prior to arriving.

Broadford lies in the shadow of the imposing Cuillins, and is the first town you come to after crossing the Skye bridge. 

Catch the bus service to Elgol, a remote community on the west coast of Skye offering boat trips as well as the wonderful scenery of the Cuillins. This is often described as Scotland's finest mountain view, so have the camera charged and ready for some snaps!

The Cuillin Cuillins & central Skye

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The Cuillin

Gazing out at these peaks might help you understand why Skye's name comes from the ancient Norse meaning 'cloud island'. The mist-enshrouded Cuillin peaks will delight all walkers, whether you fancy a gentle amble or an energetic hike. Please visit  Walk Highlands  for more information about routes or watch our  360° video . Always check the conditions before you head out.

Portree Portree

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Portree harbour

Portree is a lovely place to stay while you're on Skye. It's one of the island's most thriving spots, with plenty of accommodation options and places to eat and drink. 

Explore local attractions around Portree. Take a stroll around the harbour, and if time allows, pay a visit to  Isle of Skye Candle Co. Visitor Centre . From its humble origins in a grass-roofed croft on the Braes of Skye, this local brand now boasts stores across the UK. Find out how their beautiful candles, soaps and skincare products are still handmade on Skye by islanders using sustainably sourced soya wax.

Remember to book accommodation in advance, especially in the summer.

Day 6 North Skye

With sensible shoes and waterproofs at the ready, embrace the rugged natural features of Skye's northernmost corners on foot, before learning more about Skye's clan legends at Dunvegan Castle and raising a toast to a brilliant day with a dram from the Talisker Distillery.

Old Man of Storr Skye & Lochalsh

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The Storr and the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye.

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A place that sparks the daydreams of walkers, photographers and geologists is the Trotternish region. Here, you can see the Old Man of Storr, one of the most characteristic pinnacles of Skye and if you have time, it's worth continuing further north to complete walking the loop of  the Quiraing .

Dunvegan Castle Dunvegan

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Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

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The clan treasures - the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag, a sacred banner which comes with its own legend.

This castle is set on a spectacular location on a rocky perch beside a loch, surrounded by verdant woodland. And its history is bound to impress too. It's the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and it's been the ancestral home of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

Outside, explore the grounds and get a seal-eye view of the castle as you enjoy a boat trip on Loch Dunvegan.

Talisker Distillery Drynoch

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Talisker Distillery & Visitors Centre

This is the original distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. Take a distillery tour and enjoy the sweet tastes of Skye's full-bodied whisky.

Remember to book a tour in advance to avoid disappointment.

Day 7 Heading Home

If you've got more time to extend your trip, spend another day on Skye.  When it's finally time to drive back, you can break up the five-and-a-half hour drive to Glasgow with a couple more scenic sights. Why not stop at one of Scotland's most photographed castles, or see the train that took Harry Potter to Hogwarts? 

Eilean Donan Castle Dornie

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Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich at Dornie

Drive to the majestic Eilean Donan Castle. A true icon of the Scottish landscape, it's distinguished by its long arched bridge and lochside setting. This location is pretty special - strategically it is set on its own little island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and it overlooks the Isle of Skye. Unsurprisingly, it's one of the most photographed places in the country.

Inside, see period furniture, Jacobean artefacts, displays of weapons and fine art, and learn about the tough battles the castle endured during one of Scotland's most violent eras.

Glenfinnan Viaduct Glenfinnan

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The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Lochaber, Highlands of Scotland.

The magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct was featured in the Harry Potter films. The famous viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000 ft span, 100 ft above the ground. Experience your own magical train journey by taking a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train* between Fort William and Mallaig in summer months, with regular trains available the rest of the year.

* Please note that the Jacobite Steam Train is only running the morning service at this time. There is no Harry Potter coach and reduced First-Class capacity.

The Green Welly at Tyndrum Tyndrum

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The West Highland snakes through a valley north of Tyndum, with the mountain Beinn Mhanach

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A lovely little half-way stop, the  Green Welly  has become a famous place for road trippers travelling through Scotland. Take a well-earned break here, pick up some Scottish souvenirs in the gift shop and enjoy a cup of tea and a homemade scone in the café.

Back to Glasgow Glasgow

It's certainly been a busy seven days, but all good things come to an end. Your camera will be bursting with beautiful pictures and memories from the west, so once you're back in Glasgow, enjoy a little bit of chill time to reflect on your adventures. 

Next time you come to Scotland, why not consider doing seven days in the east of Scotland?

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Scotland West Coast Itinerary: How to See the Best of the West Coast in 10 Days

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Looking for the best Scotland West Coast itinerary? I’ve got you covered! 

Scotland’s West Coast has some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the country. It’s a coastal landscape filled with volcanic peaks and ancient castles, long sea lochs and wild glens. 

The West Coast has something for everyone whether you’re a nature lover wanting to see wildlife and the outdoors, a foodie drawn by the seafood and whisky or a history buff seeking fortresses and architectural marvels. 

And of course, you can’t miss out on the Isle of Skye!

If you’re keen to see all the best highlights, this 10-day West Coast of Scotland itinerary will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the region. 

I’ve done this exact route myself as a non-driver so you can say it’s tried and tested. 

Quick answer: Scotland West Coast itinerary 

Day 1: arrive in fort william , days 2 & 3: isle of skye , day 4: spean bridge via the jacobite steam train, day 5 & 6: isle of mull , day 7: staffa, fingal’s cave & the treshnish isles , day 8: glasgow via the west highland line .

Day 9: Bonus day in Edinburgh 

Day 10: Home time or extend your trip

Map of the west coast of scotland itinerary, getting around the west coast of scotland .

There’s a common misconception that you need a car to do a Scotland west coast road trip. While it can be easier, it’s not a necessity. You can explore the west coast of Scotland without driving.

I did it! 

It just requires a little extra planning to get the public transport and tours to line up but it’s doable – even on the Isle of Skye!

If you plan to drive, this itinerary still applies. You’ll just go by road instead of taking the train or bus. Have a look at Rentalcars.com to compare car hires. 

If you’re not driving, I’ll give you specific tips on how to get to each destination based on my own tried and tested route. 

Feeling overwhelmed by all the moving parts? I recommend checking out Byway Travel. They create bespoke, self-guided no-fly itineraries and handle all the complicated bookings so you can relax.

This isn’t sponsored or affiliated. I just think they’re great and I’ve used them for my own Scotland travel!

Read More: How to Visit Scotland: A Complete Guide

The best time to visit Scotland’s west coast 

Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse on the Isle of Mull. Behind it is the Sound of Mull with mainland Scotland in the distance. This is a stop on this Scotland West Coast itinerary.

The best time to visit the west coast of Scotland depends on what matters to you most. Is it smaller crowds or cheaper prices? Are you looking for the best weather or do you want to avoid the cursed midge season? 

Scotland’s tourism season falls into three categories: 

High season: June to August 

Shoulder seasons: April to May and September to October 

Low season: November to March

The west coast is popular with tourists. During the summer months, places like the Isle of Skye become a bit like a theme park as the roads are chock-full of cars and campers stuck in traffic jams around the island. 

West Coast Scotland hotels tend to be more expensive too. 

I would avoid visiting during the summer months if you want a quieter and less crowded trip.

The shoulder seasons are ideal as they’re quieter but the weather is milder. Plus attractions and hotels are still open for tourists. 

Winter isn’t an ideal time to travel the West Coast as adverse weather conditions like snow and ice block the roads. There may be reduced public transport and many attractions close for the season. 

So, in a nutshell: 

Read More: The Best Time To Visit The Isle Of Skye For The Perfect Trip

Insider tip: If you don’t know, midges are little biting flies. They typically hang out in wet or boggy areas and they’re out in force from July to August. They’re not dangerous but they’re annoying and their bites itch. Bring midge repellent with you. 

Scotland West Coast itinerary: Exploring the best of the highlands and islands 

The jetty at Fort William on Loch Linnhe. The loch is grey and the clouds descend down the hills behind.

How to get there: If you’re travelling up from London, the Caledonian Sleeper train from Euston can take you up to Fort William. If you’re travelling from Glasgow, take the West Highland Line. You’ll have to travel via Glasgow from Edinburgh too. 

You’ve made it to the Scottish Highlands! Fort William is a handy base to explore the West Coast as it’s the largest town in the highlands.

There are more accommodation options here and there’s public transport to the highlands and islands. 

Fort William is on the West Highland Line so it’s easy to travel up from Glasgow or from further away on the Caledonian Sleeper from London.

It’s also a destination in its own right. Known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, it resides at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. 

If you have some time, below are a few things to do around the area or check out my guide to the best day trips from Fort William. 

Walk along Loch Linnhe 

Fort William sits at the top of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch which stretches 31 miles down Scotland’s west coast. If you have some time to spare, you can stroll along the shore and take in the scenic views. 

Along the shore, you can find the remains of an old fort which was gradually demolished in the 20th century. There are still a few information boards and a couple of picnic benches left.

Admire Ben Nevis 

Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest mountain. It’s part of the Grampian Mountain Range and it was once an active volcano. 

Climbing Ben Nevis is doable but it’s not a hike to be taken lightly. It takes about seven hours to complete and you need a good level of fitness. 

If you’re considering it, make sure you have the right equipment, check the weather before you go and hike with a guide if you’re not experienced. 

A much easier way to see Ben Nevis is to admire the view from Fort William. Take the Camusnagaul Foot Ferry from the town across Loch Linnhe to Camusnagaul for better views. 

This only works if Ben Nevis isn’t hidden behind the clouds!

Go up the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

Ride the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola to get views from above without the hard work. It takes you up Aonach Mòr Mountain (the eighth tallest mountain). 

There are some pretty walks to spectacular panoramic viewpoints across the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. The two main ones are Sgurr Finnisg-aig and Meall Beag . They can both be completed in an hour or less. 

To get there from Fort William, take the 919 bus to Road End and walk 30 minutes to the gondola. It’s £24.95 for an adult day pass. 

The gondola is open all year round except Christmas. Adverse weather may affect opening times. 

Portree is day two of this Scotland West Coast itinerary. Colourful houses line Potree's harbourfront with a church behind.

How to get there: Take the Scottish Citylink 916 bus from Fort William bus station to Portree. The journey takes about three hours and look out for Eilean Donan Castle. Yes, there are toilets on board!

Where I stayed: Viewfield House

On day two, it’s time to leave Fort William and head to the magical Isle of Skye , one of the best places to visit on Scotland’s west coast.

When you arrive, depending on how much time you have left on day two, I recommend visiting Portree first. 

The Storr, Neist Point and the Trotternish Peninsula are easier to see with a car. If you don’t drive, you can do a full-day Isle of Skye tour from Portree. I would leave that for day three of your West Coast of Scotland itinerary. 

Visit Portree 

Portree is the main settlement on the Isle of Skye and it has the most places to stay. The town has a photogenic harbour, a supermarket, some great restaurants and a few cosy pubs. It doesn’t take long to walk around it. 

Hike the Old Man of Storr 

The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish Ridge. It’s famous for its 200ft stone pinnacle which stands upright and needle-sharp like it’s been placed there by giants. 

The Storr is the most famous landmark in Skye. There’s a walking trail which leads you up to the pinnacle which takes about one hour and 15 minutes to complete with no stops. 

Explore the Trotternish Peninsula 

A hilly landscape surrounds flat ground with a stone circle. Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye.

The Trottenish Peninsula has Skye’s most dramatic landscapes. There’s the otherworldly Fairy Glen, an ancient landslide known as the Quiraing and a cliff face that looks like the pleats of a kilt. 

You’ll even find a ruined castle and a beach with dinosaur footprints!

If you don’t drive, take a taxi to Skye Ebikes and from there, you can pick up e-bikes and road trip the Trotternish Peninsula on two wheels. 

Note, that Sky Ebikes operates from March to December but they may make an exception if you’re there outside of those months and contact them directly. 

Alternatively, the tour from Portree can take you. 

See Neist Point Lighthouse 

If you have time, another spectacular viewpoint on Skye is Neist Point Lighthouse. Located on Skye’s most westerly point, it juts out into the sea on a peninsula. You can follow a well-marked track along the cliffs to reach the lighthouse. 

While you’re there, look out across the sea to the Outer Hebrides and keep an eye out for minke whales and dolphins. 

It takes about an hour’s drive to get from Portree to Neist Point via Dunvegan Castle. Again, if you’re not driving, the best way to get there is with the full-day tour of Skye. 

Read More: 15 Best Places To Stay On The Isle Of Skye (For Every Budget!)

The front of a red steam train. The photo is taken from the back of the train and a plume of steam billows from the engine. The Jacobite steam train.

How to get there: Get a bus (or taxi) from Portree to Armadale on Skye. Take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Armadale to Mallaig and ride the Jacobite on its return journey to Fort William. Take a taxi to Tirindish House. 

Where I stayed: Tirindish House

Leave the Isle of Skye and head back to Fort William via the most scenic railway in the UK. 

To make the journey extra special, you could ride the Jacobite steam train (aka the Hogwarts Express) on its return journey from Mallaig. 

Alternatively, you could get the ScotRail and make a quick stop at Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and if you get your timings right, see the Jacobite cross over the top (applicable for the afternoon service only). 

Whichever option you choose, it’s a beautiful journey. 

Explore Mallaig 

If you’re riding the Jacobite return service from Mallaig, you may have a bit of a gap after the Armadale ferry drops you off. 

Mallaig is a pretty fishing town on the west coast of the mainland. There’s a harbour, a heritage centre and a few cafes and restaurants. The Cornerstone and the Tea Room are two great options. 

Mallaig has a few beaches nearby including Morar Sands and Camusdarach Beach. A popular hike in the area is the walk up to Morar Cross. It’s short but steep. The views across Loch Morar make it worth it!

Ride the Jacobite steam train 

The Jacobite is ranked among the greatest train journeys in the world and it’s one of the top things to do on the west coast of Scotland.

Travelling between Fort William and Mallaig only , the steam train takes about an hour and 30-40 minutes. 

On the journey from the highlands to the coast, you’re treated to a dramatic landscape with views of Ben Nevis, Loch Morar, Loch Nevis and Loch Eil to name a few. 

Its most famous view is the Glenfinnan Viaduct , a concrete railway viaduct at the top of Loch Shiel. 

The train goes slowly over the viaduct so everyone has enough time to take a photo. 

Insider tip: I stayed in Spean Bridge but you might find it makes more sense to stay in Fort William since you’re back there again the next day to continue your road trip itinerary. 

Colourful houses line a harbourfront with houses on the hills behind. Boats bob in the harbour in front in Tobermory, a stop on this Scotland West Coast itinerary.

How to get there: Take a train from Spean Bridge to Fort William and then catch the 506 bus from Fort William Bus Station to Kilchoan. This takes about two hours and 45 minutes. From there, take a ferry to Tobermory on Mull which takes about an hour. 

Where I stayed: Harbour View B&B

You’re halfway through your Scotland West Coast itinerary!

On day five, you’re leaving the Scottish mainland behind for the second time and heading to the Isle of Mull . It’s the second biggest island in the Inner Hebrides and it’s known for its amazing wildlife. 

I love Mull as it was a lot less touristy than Skye but there was still a lot to do. You will need a car or a bike to see most of the island and there are places to hire both in Tobermory. 

Visit Tobermory 

Kilchoan is the only place on the mainland where you can get a direct ferry to Tobermory on Mull. If you don’t drive, Tobermory is the best place to be as it’s the capital settlement on the island. It also has the most things to do. 

Tobermory is on the east coast of Mishnish on the northern part of Mull. It’s famous for its colourful harbourfront (which was the inspiration for Balamory if you ever saw that UK children’s TV programme!). 

It has a wonderful collection of independent shops and cafes, including Tackle & Books, Tobermory Honey, Tobermory Chocolate Shop, Isle of Mull Soap Shop and Seafare.

For coffee, visit Tobermory Bakery & Tearoom, for bike hires go to Cycle Mull and for the supermarket, you’ll find a Co-Op. For a drink, you can’t go wrong with the historic Mishnish Pub. 

If you’re there from March to October, make sure you stop by Fisherman’s Pier Fish & Chips on the pier. The family-run business has a prestigious Les Routiers award and I can attest that the food is delicious!

Read More: Mull Accommodation: 11 Best Places To Stay

Eat at the Glass Barn 

A girl in a red coat stands at a window surrounded by chairs and tables. Above her are the leaves of a living vine at the Glass Barn in Mull.

This is a bit of a (not-so) hidden gem. About a 14-minute walk from Tobermory, the Isle of Mull Cheese Glass Barn is a cafe on a farm that’s housed in a barn with a living vine growing inside it. 

The original framework was part of a village hall in nearby Salen and it now has a new life as a place to eat toasties, cakes and other bites. There’s also a farm shop with local oatcakes, gins, preserves and cheese to stock up on. 

If the cafe is closed when you visit, you can still have a peak inside and grab a few bits from the farm shop. 

The cafe is open Sunday and Monday, 10am – 4pm and the farm shop is open Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm. 

Do the Tobermory Lighthouse Circuit 

The Tobermory Lighthouse Circuit is a pretty walk along the coast to Rubha nan Gall lighthouse. The track is well-maintained and it can be completed in two hours out and back. 

Along the easy route, you’re treated to stunning views across the Sound of Mull. Once you reach Rubha nan Gall, it’s a nice spot for a photo and you can sit and watch the ferries pass by. 

The trailhead starts near the RNLI Lifeboat Station on Toberory’s Main Street. 

Explore Aros Park 

On the other side of Tobermory Park is Aros Park, another beautiful walking spot. Start at Ledaig Car Park and follow the path along the coast. 

It’s an easy walk and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. You’ll have woodland on one side and views across the bay to Calve Island. You may even spot the resident seal colony. 

Follow the Aros Burn through the park until you come to some waterfalls. 

Sample whisky at Tobermory Distillery 

Tobermory has one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. Tobermory Distillery has been operating since the 1790s and it’s famous for malt whiskies and gin. 

Sample their Ledaig and Tobermory whiskies with a tasting or try their three Hebridean gins. If you’re keen to get more into the spirit of things (sorry), you can book the full distillery tour. 

You can just have a look inside the visitor centre and buy a bottle to take home with you. 

Insider tip: If you are driving or cycling, all ferries mentioned in this itinerary take cars so these routes work either way for you on your Scotland West Coast road trip. 

The gaping hole of a sea cave surrounded by basalt rock. Fingal's Cave on Staffa.

How to get there: You can book a boat trip with Staffa Tours which departs from Tobermory. I did the Staffa and the Treshnish Isles Wildlife Tour which cost £85pp. 

Visit Staffa with Staffa Tours 

Technically, today is still based on Mull but your trip to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles takes a full day. 

Staffa Tours runs boat tours to the nearby Treshnish Isles and Iona, departing from Mull, Oban and Fionnphort. 

You can also do special wildlife excursions with them but whichever tour you do, you’re bound to see some wildlife. I saw so much!

From Tobermory , you’ll sail to the Treshnish Isles with a first stop at Lunga, the largest of the island group. If you’re lucky, you might come across a puffin colony (April to August). 

Afterwards, you’ll cross over to Staffa , an island with an incredible geological wonder known as Fingal’s Cave. The boat will stop and you’ll get to walk inside it. 

As you explore the islands, look out for minke whales, cormorants, dolphins and seals. Each tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will make sure you don’t miss out!

Insider tip: If you’re there outside of puffin season, you’ll have more time to explore Staffa. The boat will also take you to see more of the Treshnish Isles. I didn’t see any puffins but I did see seals, dolphins and a feeding minke whale!

A river winds through flat and hilly grassland with mountains behind. The beginning of the Trossachs National Park.

How to get there: Take the ferry back to Kilchoan and then the 506 bus back to Fort William. Take the West Highland Line from Fort William to Glasgow. Heads up, you’ll want a window seat for the view.  

Now it’s time to hit day nine of your Scotland West Coast itinerary. 

Today, you’re making the journey back to wherever you’re finishing the trip. It’s slow and scenic so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views!

Enjoy the journey to Glasgow 

Once you’ve made it back to Fort William, you’ll take the ScotRail train along the West Highland Line to Glasgow. 

The journey is about 3.5 hours so it will take up a good chunk of your day. Don’t worry, the views will keep you occupied as you travel down through the highlands. 

A highlight to look out for is Corrour, the UK’s highest and most remote train station. There are no roads to it and it was featured in the film Trainspotting. 

Next, you’ll come to Rannoch in the middle of Rannoch Moor, hailed as one of Europe’s last great wildernesses. The vast expanse is spellbinding. 

Then, you’ll weave down the Trossachs National Park and skirt along Loch Lomond before following the River Clyde into Glasgow. 

Explore Glasgow 

This is optional depending on how much time you have left in the day and what you plan to do next. 

If you’re going to Edinburgh, you might prefer to travel straight there so you have more time to explore before going home. 

If you’re not going to Edinburgh, then you can spend more time in Glasgow. For the record, I went straight to Edinburgh as I was catching the Caledonian Sleeper from there the following evening. 

If you do want to see more of Glasgow, I recommend checking out: 

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens 
  • Glasgow Necropolis 
  • Glasgow’s West End neighbourhood 

Day 9: Bonus day in Edinburgh

A girl in a red coat walks down some steps with Edinburgh Castle on a cliff above. The Vennel Steps in Edinburgh.

How to get there: Hop on the ScotRail train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverly. It takes just under an hour. 

Where I stayed: The Royal Scots Club 

Edinburgh is definitely not on the west coast of Scotland but I’ve added it as a last stop as it’s a convenient place to end your itinerary.

If you’re travelling from overseas, you’ll have most likely flown in and out of Edinburgh Airport so it makes sense to be close by.

If you’re travelling from the UK, you have much easier train links between Edinburgh and London. Of course, if you’re catching the train or driving down from Glasgow then you can end your itinerary there.

Although Edinburgh is such a wonderful city and it’s not that far away!

Explore Edinburgh 

If you’ve taken the short train journey across Scotland to Edinburgh, it’s time to enjoy the final full day of your itinerary. I took the sleeper train back to London from Edinburgh later that evening, so I had quite a bit of time to explore the city. 

Do a self-guided walking tour of some of the key sights. Start with Calton Hill (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), home to some of the city’s most important monuments. 

Then go to Victoria Street (Diagon Alley in Harry Potter) and the Vennel Steps for the best view of Edinburgh Castle. Head to Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens and stop by Dean Village. The quaint cobblestone Circus Lane is nearby. 

Exploring Edinburgh’s Old Town is a must with its Royal Mile and castle. If you have time, the short hike up Arthur’s Seat gives you spectacular views of the city. 

For more things to do in Edinburgh, check out my solo travel guide to the city. 

Insider tip: A stellar place for lunch is Chez Jules. They have a lunchtime set menu of three courses for £12.90 or two courses for £10.90. Get there for 12pm to make the most of it! For dinner, Pizza Posto makes delicious pizza for an affordable price. 

Heather, grass and young trees dot a stark hilly landscape in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.

Home time or why not extend your trip in Scotland before heading back?

If you have more time, you could go northeast to Inverness, Loch Ness and the Cairngorms National Park, west to the Outer Hebrides or south to the Scottish Borders.

Or you could hop off the train and see more of Loch Lomond before travelling onwards to Glasgow and then Edinburgh. There are some easy day trips from Edinburgh by public transport you can do too.

As for more road trip ideas, you could do the North Coast 500 which takes you around the entire north coast of Scotland, beginning and ending in Inverness. You’ll need a car for that though!

Don’t forget travel insurance for Scotland 

When it comes to planning a trip to Scotland (or anywhere), there’s one travel essential I never leave without – travel insurance. 

Fingers crossed you never have to use it but in the unlikely event that you do, you’ll be glad you have it. It will cover you for trip delays or cancellations, emergency healthcare, accidents and lost or stolen items. 

I recommend Holiday Extras or World Nomads depending on your travel style. 

West Coast of Scotland itinerary: final thoughts 

Rugged basalt rock and grass-topped coastline on the Isle of Staffa in the Treshnish Isles.

As you can hopefully see from this Scotland west coast itinerary, there is no shortage of incredible places to visit.

The best bit is many of them are still accessible to non-drivers so you can do this Scotland road trip with or without your car. 

This West Scotland itinerary gives you an idea about how to see the best of the country’s West Highlands and islands from Fort William to the Isle of Skye. It’s easily doable in nine to 10 days.

If you’re travelling to Scotland soon, you’re in for a treat. It’s a beautiful country and the West Coast in particular never ceases to take my breath away every time I visit!

Looking for more Scotland travel tips? Check out these posts

  • Complete Scotland Packing List: What To Wear For Every Season
  • 14 Best Things to Do Near Aviemore, Scotland (2024 Guide)
  • Caledonian Sleeper Seat Review: What Is It Really Like?
  • The BEST Train from London to Edinburgh in 2024 (Review)

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A West Coast of Scotland Road Trip

Let’s go on a west coast of Scotland road trip!

With spectacular white sandy beaches, soaring mountains and beautiful islands it’s no wonder that Scotland’s west coast is the first place many people think of when planning a trip to Scotland. Explore the best bits of the west coast of Scotland on this itinerary ferry hopping from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye, visiting Oban, Mull and Ardnamurchan along the way.

A west coast of Scotland road trip itinerary

  • Stage 1 – Loch Fyne, Cowal and Inveraray
  • Stage 2 – The Mull of Kintyre and Oban
  • Stage 3 – Exploring   The Isle of Mull
  • Stage 4 – Remote   Ardnamurchan
  • Stage 5 – The Isle of Skye

This ferry hopping road trip also makes a great extension to the North Coast 500 . The North Coast 500 leaves Scotland’s west coast at Strathcarron before completing the loop back east to Inverness – but your west coast of Scotland trip doesn’t have to end here. Instead, join this west coast of Scotland road trip and head south from the NC500 route to cross over the sea to the Isle of Skye.

Ferry Hopping on the west coast of Scotland

For this road trip you will need to buy a ferry hopping ticket from the west coast of Scotland ferry company CalMac. Book   hopscotch ticket HOP7  – Oban to Craignure on Mull, Tobermory to Kichoan on Arnamurchan and Mallaig to Skye.

For more advice on island hopping in Scotland – read my guide to Scotland’s Hebridean islands .

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Day 1 – The road north – Inns, lochs & very local brews

Starting in Glasgow or from Edinburgh, your first day on the west coast of Scotland takes in both Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne, as well as driving the famous Rest and Be Thankful, a spectacular start to your trip.

Your first stop of the day is Loch Lomond , so park up at the village of Luss and take a wander down to the lochside among the pretty cottages. For a great lunch overlooking the water visit the   Lodge on the Loch Lomond Hotel , or 10 minutes further north,  The Inn on Loch Lomond  is more casual. 

From Loch Lomond head to head to Tarbet and Arrochar. If you have time and the weather is on your side, climb   The Cobbler  – remember to be prepared for bad weather and have waterproofs and proper hiking boots handy!

It’s then time to tackle one of Scotland’s most famous roads, the Rest and be Thankful. The road winds its way through the Arrochar Alps to Inveraray. It is worth popping into   Fyne Ales Brewery  for a pie and a pint – or to pick some beer up for later if it’s too early; their beer Jarl is award-winning.

Stop for your first night in Inverarary where you can visit Inveraray Castle  and  Inveraray   Jail  and grab fish and chips to eat on the lochside. The George Hotel is famous for food and drink and a great atmosphere.

Where to stay near Inveraray

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Day 2 – The Mull of Kintyre

Leaving Inveraray your first stop of the day is of   Auchindrain Township  and the beautiful   Crarae Garden  before visiting Crinan, one of Scotland’s hidden gems, with its canal and pretty seafront village.

Head down to the Crinan  Canal  basin, grab a coffee and watch the boats sail up and down the canal. Make sure you visit the village for views across to Jura. 

Then head north along the A816 towards Oban – along  Kilmartin Glen  for a wander around the standing stones and ancient burial chambers. For lunch stop at either the  Lord of the Isles   pub at Craobh Haven or the   Loch Melfort Hotel  where you can also take a stroll in the  Arduaine Gardens .

Oban is a fantastic town to spend an evening – there are seafood restaurants aplenty, and great beer and pub food at my favourite, the   Cuan Mor . To walk it all off climb up to McCaig’s Tower for a fab view of the Isles. In the local area is Castle Stalker which graces many Instagram shots and the Oban Distillery.

Where to stay in Oban

Where to   stay in Oban *

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Day 3-4 – Exploring The Isle of Mull

It is time to ferry hop! Leaving Oban, catch the ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull. The crossing takes around 55 minutes and must be booked in advance, especially in Summer. The views from the crossing are gorgeous and include Lismore Lighthouse and Duart Castle.

T obermory is a great place to base yourself for a short visit to the island as it is a bustling and lively place, with lots of busy harbour bars – try the food at the excellent   Macgochans .  Whisky fans will want to visit the   Tobermory Distillery , located right on the waterfront – no need for a designated driver here.

Read more:   24 hours on the Isle of Mull

However long you have on the island there are lots of things to do on Mull, including visiting beautiful Calgary Bay. The beach is stunning – you can see why it is one of the most photographed beaches in Scotland.

Want to explore on foot? The only Munro (a Scottish mountain over 3000ft) on an island (after from the Cullin on Skye) Ben More stands 966m above Loch Na Keal – the ‘loch of the cliffs’. With views across to the Isle of Ulva to Ben Cruachan, Ben More is a great island viewpoint even if you don’t climb to the very top!

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Day 5 – Remote Ardnamurchan

From Mull catch the short 40-minute ferry across to Kilchoan. You are now heading for remote Ardnamurchan – the most western part of the British mainland. Get off the beaten track and discover Ardnamurchan and the remote regions of Morvern, Ardgour, Moidart and Sunart – home to just 2000 people.

Many of the beaches here compete against the best in the world, so make sure you visit Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig or Sanna. Driving across Ardnamurchan’s volcanic caldera gives an incredible view of the small isles of Eigg and Rum and on a clear day, back to the Cullins on Skye. 

On your way south pop into the   Glenuig Inn  for lunch (note, they don’t serve lager on tap, just real ale and ciders!) before exploring Tioram Castle and Ardnamurchan Lighthouse which sits on the most westerly part of the mainland UK.

Read more :  things to do in Ardnamurchan Where to stay:   Ardnamurchan Bunkhouse  /  Kilchoan Hotel  /  Mingarry Park *

What's top of your list when you think of visiting Scotland? The Isle of Skye, Eileen Donan Castle, Loch Ness and the North Coast 500? They are all rightly famous worldwide. However, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of blindly following a top ten list and missing out on the really good stuff - and taking the same photos as everyone else! Fancy getting a wee bit off the beaten track? Here are my best places to visit in Scotland

It’s time to take your next ferry – jump on a Calmac Ferry from   Mallaig to Armadale  on the Isle of Skye. 

Day 6-8 – The Isle of Skye

Seeing the Black Cullin, the Fairy Pools, Fairy Glen, Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing, Neist Point Lighthouse, Loch Coruisk, Dunvegan Castle and discovering Talisker whisky will be high on your list of things to do in Scotland.

On the east coast – in the height of summer it may feel like a conveyor belt of hire cars, the east coast of Skye will be filled with campervans and tour buses on their day out – but don’t let you put that off. You often have the road to yourself and the Old Man of Storr, pretty Portree harbour and the mighty Quiraing are well worth a visit.

On the west coast – visit Dunvegan Castle, home of Clan MacLeod to learn not only about the history of this clan but also the role of clans today – as well as their most famous member, Dame Flora MacLeod. The Castle sits in a stunning location on the seafront, and the gardens are also lovely to wander around.

On the south coast – with rolling lush green landscapes and views over the sound to Morar, Knoydart and Glenelg, the Sleat Peninsula is one of Skye’s hidden gems. Often bypassed by those arriving on the Skye ferry the peninsula is also one of Skye’s quieter corners – which makes it perfect as a base to explore. 

Get off the beaten track – if you like life a little more sedate the Cuillin is also viewed in all its magnificence from a walk to Camasunary Beach on the Elgol (or to give it its proper name) Strathaird Peninsula. Take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk right into the heart of the mountains. Take a walk around Loch Coriusk for the most incredible views of the mountains, before catching the afternoon ride back – magical.

The Isle of Skye might be mind-blowing and deservedly popular, but Skye is heaving in summer, and remote in winter, which means visiting can be a challenge. Please visit the island sustainably, park sensibly, learn how to drive on a single track road and book your accommodation in advance.

Read more: a guide to the   Isle of Skye

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Fancy a longer road trip? The North Coast 500

Have you driven the   North Coast 500 ? If not, why not? Scotland’s most famous road trip takes in 500 miles around the north coast of Scotland taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world – there’s no wonder they call it Scotland’s Route 66.

The west coast of the NC500 route takes you through the dramatic mountains of Assynt before reaching Wester Ross. Don’t miss visiting Lochinver, Ullapool and climbing Stac Pollaidh and Suilven. 

To get to the north coast 500, leave Skye by the Skye bridge, to reach the pretty town of Plockton where the mild climate allows palm trees to prosper on the waterfront. The weather might even be nice enough to have lunch outside one of the friendly Plockton pubs!

I also highly recommend stopping at   Strome Castle  on Loch Carron, one of the National Trust for Scotland’s   little gems  and exploring the beautiful family-run   Attadale Gardens ,  a late 19th century garden on the Attadale Estate. The gardens are so peaceful – and you might catch the artist owner for a chat.

Then drive north to beautiful  Applecross Peninsula  where you end your trip driving the famous Bealach na Bà, past fiord-like lochs to the huge Torridon mountains and the north coast of Scotland.

Read my   complete guide to driving the North Coast 500 . 

Video guide – West Coast of Scotland Road Trips

Have you done a west coast of Scotland road trip? Where would you recommend?

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Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Wow wow wow. I really want to explore this stunning countryside - thanks for the tips!

Mary Mayfield

Friday 17th of November 2017

I think you've ticked off all my 'must see' places. Maybe I'd head out to the end of Skye at Neist Point, to watch the sun set over the Outer Hebrides, or a drive across the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' to Seil, but otherwise I'd just like to spend more than 5 days on the trip :)

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Itinerary for the west coast of scotland [1- & 2-week options]: the west coast waters of argyll.

When you think of Scotland do you envision epic cliffs and coastlines? Towering mountains and sprawling glens? Crystal clear waters and sandy beaches? Delicious whisky and tasty local produce? This 2-week itinerary for the west coast of Scotland covers all that and more. Follow this route and take in some of the most beautiful places in the Inner Hebrides and Argyll – a trip to the west coast you will remember for a lifetime!

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This post is part of the West Coast Waters campaign and focuses on Wild About Argyll . Regions all along the west coast of Scotland have joined forces to promote the country’s beautiful west coast from Argyll to Wester Ross. 2020 is the Year of Coast and Waters – the perfect excuse to plan a trip and immerse yourself in the sounds, views, aromas and textures of Scotland’s west coast!

If you ask me, nothing beats an escape to the west coast of Scotland. What could be better than being surrounded by mountains, yet never far from a Caribbean-looking beach or a lush blooming garden? Every time I visit, I am blown away by the diversity of landscapes and things to do near the coast. 

My trip to ring in the Year of Coasts and Waters brought me to one of my favourite regions in Scotland – Argyll and the Isles. Not only is it easily accessible from cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh, but it also has the longest coastline of all Scottish regions – two good reasons to plan a trip here and follow my footsteps!

This blog post contains everything you need for your extended trip to the Scottish west coast: from travel info for the region to a day-by-day itinerary for your holiday. I kept the description of each destination deliberately brief in this post, but make sure to click through to my destination guides for more detailed accounts of what to see & do. Don’t worry, it’s still a “monster post” with lots of practical advice and inspiration!

Without further ado, let’s hit the road!

If you are here for inspiration for a Scotland staycation, you should also read my guide to adding oomph to your staycation .

Need help finding cheap airfare to Scotland? Check out  my tips for booking flights to Scotland !

Dreaming of Scotland? Listen to my immersive travel podcast Wild for Scotland !

The sandy beach at Balnahard Bay on Colonsay in Scotland

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Travel Info: Argyll & Inner Hebrides

Where is argyll.

Argyll is a large region in the west of Scotland and covers an area spanning from Kintyre peninsula in the south, across the Isle of Bute and Cowal to the western shore of Loch Lomond in the east, up towards Bridge of Orchy, Loch Etive and Loch Creran in the north, and Oban in the west. Additionally, the region also contains most of the Inner Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland. The Heart of Argyll, or Mid-Argyll, which is covered in this itinerary lies south of Oban and includes places like Loch Awe, Kilmartin Glen, Loch Fyne, Inveraray, Crinan Canal, Knapdale Forest and Tarbert.

What are the Inner Hebrides?

The Hebrides are an archipelago of islands off Scotland’s west coast and are split into the Inner Hebrides, closer to the mainland and the Outer Hebrides also called the Western Isles. The Isle of Skye is the largest and possibly the most famous Inner Hebridean island. 

The Inner Hebrides that are part of Argyll are the Isles of Mull, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Jura and Colonsay and a vast number of smaller islands such as Kerrera , Lismore, Iona, Staffa and Gigha. 36 islands in the Inner Hebrides are inhabited and this itinerary takes in seven of them .

Explore the Inner Hebrides with my ready-made Island Hopping itinerary !

Map of the Inner Hebrides & Argyll

Check out my interactive map below or click through. I’ve marked all the places I mention in this itinerary, including places to stay, natural points of interests such as beaches and hills, things to do such as distillery tours and outdoor activities, where to grab a bite to eat, and a few practical places to know such as petrol stations and shops.

Transport for this itinerary

Hire car | I hired a car for my west coast adventure. This trip is conceptualised with a car in mind and ideal for a Scotland road trip.  I covered about 470 miles on the road and took eight ferry crossings, some of which must be booked in advance with a car. 

Check out my practical guide to renting a car in Scotland .

Nervous about driving? Learn about UK traffic rules & etiquette with the useful online guide by Tripiamo .

Ferries | Regardless of how much time you spend on this itinerary (see below for shortened suggestions), it is important to check ferry time tables. Not every crossing mentioned in this itinerary is available every day of the week and winter timetables (roughly Oct to April) can vary significantly from summer schedules (roughly May to Sept).

Don’t miss my practical guide to island hopping in Scotland !

TOP TIP It makes sense to check ferry schedules before you book your flights in order to choose the best arrival/departure days accordingly.

Public Transport | Most places on this itinerary are also accessible by public transport. However, keep in mind that not having a car will slow you down and limits how many stops you can fit into one day. Bus services on islands can be limited (Islay, Jura) to non-existent (Colonsay), so it’s important to be realistic and prepare for active days without motorised transport.

Cycling | You can cycle to the majority of destinations on this route or hire a bike to explore individual islands. Colonsay and Gigha for example, are perfect to explore by bike because they are small and there is very little traffic on the roads.

Cara Island Bay

How much time to spend in Argyll & the Inner Hebrides?

I actually did this itinerary in 10 days, but it was a tour de force . Additionally, I had been so some of the regions before, so I didn’t mind picking some activities over others I had done in the past. If this is your first trip to the Scottish west coast, I, therefore, recommend spending 2 weeks on this route (13 nights/14 days). This allows you to slow down a little and experience each destination to the fullest.

Here is a quick overview of this itinerary: Kintyre Peninsula | 3 nights Isle of Islay |  2 nights Isle of Jura |  2 nights Isle of Colonsay | 2 nights Heart of Argyll (=Mid-Argyll) |  3 nights Glasgow |  1 night

What if you only have one week? 

If you only have one week to explore the west coast of Scotland in Argyll, I recommend cutting one of the island destinations from this itinerary (Islay, Jura or Colonsay) and reducing your time in Kintyre and Mid-Argyll by one night. If you fly out on the next day and unless you have a very late flight, I recommend sticking to the final night in Glasgow instead of racing to the airport from Argyll – just in case there are issues with traffic. 

What if you have even less time?

Of course, you can visit Argyll with less time at your hand – that’s the beauty of its proximity to Glasgow! If you have less than a week – say 3 to 5 days – I recommend choosing one or two destinations to focus on.

You could stay on the mainland and explore Kintyre and Mid-Argyll, like I did for this 3-day Argyll itinerary , or mix it up a little and choose one mainland region and one island. Islay and Jura work well in combination with Kintyre or Mid-Argyll, as the ferry terminal in Kennacraig is easy to reach from north or south. Colonsay is better reached via ferry from Oban and thus best to combine with Mid-Argyll.

Two cars standing on line at a ferry jetty by the sea

Two Weeks on the West Coast of Scotland

Visit the kintyre peninsula (3 nights).

Kintyre is also known as Scotland’s only mainland island. Looking at the map of Argyll, Kintyre is the long finger-shaped mass of land separating the Firth of Clyde from the Atlantic ocean. 

Legend has it, that in a dispute between the Norwegian king Magnus Barefoot and the Scottish king Malcolm III, Malcolm told Magnus that he could rule over all land he could encircle by boat. Up for the challenge, Magnus made his men drag his boat across the 2-mile strip of land that connects Kintyre to the mainland and thus claimed authority over the entire peninsula. It was only a few years later that Malcolm’s younger brother invaded Magnus’ stronghold on the Scottish west coast and won back the isles, Kintyre and the mainland region of Knapdale. 

While signs of this early medieval Viking rule in Kintyre remain tangible today – from place names to archaeological finds – the region offers a quintessentially Scottish experience, which is perfect for anyone looking to discover Scotland off the beaten track without missing out on all things “typically” Scottish.

Spending three nights in Kintyre allows you to explore the peninsula in-depth. I suggest a road trip to Southend on the first day, a day on the east coast, a day trip to the Isle of Gigha and a day on the west coast to fully immerse yourself in everything Kintyre has to offer.

You might also like: 13 Things to do on the Kintyre Peninsula

Day 1: Arrive in Kintyre + Road trip to Southend

After landing in Glasgow and picking up your rental car, make your way to Campbeltown – see the yellow Travel Essentials box below for two different route options.

From here, head out on a road trip to Southend , the southern tip of Kintyre, and the Mull of Kintyre . Don’t forget to download Paul McCartney’s song Mull of Kintyre and play it on full blast along the way – if you are like me, this song will be stuck in your head until you move on to the next region… There are several things to do at the Mull of Kintyre, including a walk to the historic lighthouse from where you can see the coast of Northern Ireland – at least on a clear day. In Southend, pay a visit to St Columba’s Chapel and his Footprints . St Columba landed in Kintyre before continuing his journey to Iona. Across the bay, stop by the ruins of Dunaverty Castle , a former stronghold of the MacDonald clan, the Lords of the Isles.

After refreshments? Stop at Muneroy Tearoom for a full meal and/or home baking. 

In the late afternoon, make your way back to Campbeltown or on to Carradale , a charming village along the east coast of Kintyre – the perfect starting point for tomorrow’s adventures.

Beach on the Mull of Kintyre

Day 2: East Coast of Kintyre

Today you will spend time on the east coast of Kintyre. From Carradale, head out to Torrisdale Bay to take in the views of the beautiful beach and explore the rock pools to the north. At the nearby Torrisdale Estate, book a tour at Beinn An Tuirc Distillery of Kintyre Gin. The distillery produces small-batch craft gin and is entirely powered by a hydro-electricity plant on the estate. Pretty green and very delicious! 

For lunch, head back to Carradale for a soup and sandwich at the lovely Drumfearne Tearoom . 

Driving south once again, stop at the entrance for Saddell Castle . Park your car near the gatehouse and walk the rest of the way towards the sea. The castle is privately owned and rented as a holiday let, but the beautiful bay is open to the public. Soon you will, without doubt, stumble across Antony Gormley’s cast-iron statue which is perched on the rocks of the bay, exposed at low tide, submerged in waves at high tide. It’s eerie, but a beautiful encounter with public art in nature. 

Finally, make your way to Campbeltown for a tour at Glen Scotia Distillery . Campbeltown was once the most prolific whisky region of Scotland, with more than 30 distilleries in the same town. Today, there are only three left. Glen Scotia was founded in 1832 and is one of Scotland’s smallest whisky producers. Distillery manager Iain McAlister showed me around the distillery and brought out the big guns – a tasting of several drams drawn straight out of the casks at the distillery’s Dunnage Warehouse. The Managers Tour is available for £75 per person, but the standard tour starts at only £7.

Torrisdale bay in Kintyre

Day 3: Day Trip to the Isle of Gigha

The Isle of Gigha lies just 3 miles off the west coast of Kintyre and is connected by a regular ferry to Tayinloan (multiple crossings per day) – about 30 minutes from Campbeltown. It makes for an easy and rewarding day trip in the Kintyre region. You can either bring your car across or hire bicycles on Gigha to get around – there are only a few roads on Gigha and very little traffic.

After the short crossing, head north to some of Gigha’s beautiful beaches. The Twin Beaches at Eilean Garbh can be reached via an at times muddy footpath from the main road (park on the grass near the wooden sign for the beaches). The two sandy beaches lie back to back and open up to two beautiful bays and views across to Islay and Jura. Take plenty of time to explore along the coastline and keep an eye open for birds and seals. 

For lunch, heat to Gigha Hotel who have a wide range of meals including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

In the afternoon, choose between a trip to the surprisingly exotic Achamore Gardens and Leim Beach in the southwest of Gigha; or charter a local fishing boat to take you to Cara Island . I found my own captain in Stuart McNeill, a local fisherman, who took me out on his boat ( phone to book: +44 78860 07090 ). We sailed past Gigalum Island (which made me giggle a lot), seals sunbathing on the rocks exposed by the low tide and on to Cara, where I went on land to explore the bays in the north. 

The beach near the village (Johnny’s Shore) is a great place for wild swimming and snorkelling.

You could spend your third night in Kintyre on Gigha or around Tayinloan, or return – like me – to your accommodation in Campbeltown for a fresh start tomorrow.

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Twin beaches on Isle of Gigha

Day 4: West Coast of Kintyre

Spend your final day in Kintyre on the peninsula’s west coast. If you are curious and active, book a surf lesson with Pete’s Surf School at Westport beach . The surf is great here and on a good day, there are always plenty of others out in the water. Pete is a great teacher, very reassuring, and keen to make sure you’re having a great experience on the board. I really enjoyed myself!

Another beautiful beach in this area is Machrihanish Bay , which is also great for birders. The Seabird Observatory provides a hide for wildlife enthusiasts.

Hungry after my surf lesson, I drove to Glenbarr Cafe for a delicious and rewarding vegan meal.

In the afternoon, head back to the east coast one last time and visit Skipness Castle – or hang around Glenbarr for a little longer and get your energy back after a tiring morning (which is what I did). In the evening, make your way to Kennacraig to catch the day’s last sailing to the Isle of Islay.

Woman in a wet suit with a surf board at the beach

KINTYRE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting to Kintyre | There are two ways to get to Kintyre: by land or by water. I chose the latter and boarded the Calmac ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown – an hour’s drive southwest of Glasgow. Taking the ferry does not necessarily save time (either way it takes about 3-4 hours to reach Campbeltown), but it did save me exhausting driving time on the same roads I would travel on later during my trip. Additionally, taking a ferry is simply the best way to start a trip to Scotland’s west coast! The Ardrossan to Campbeltown ferry runs only in summer (May to September) and frequents six times a week on four different days. Check the timetable here .

Vegan food in Kintyre | The Kintyre peninsula is very remote, but it was surprisingly easy to find vegan food! Both accommodations where I stayed made an effort to stock vegan-friendly supplies for breakfast and created delicious plant-based evening meals for me. Read more about them below. I also enjoyed two delicious lunches at Drumfearne Tearoom in Carradale (east coast) and Glenbarr Cafe (west coast). I also was not disappointed on the Isle of Gigha and had a great lunch at Gigha Hotel , which also offers vegan evening options.

Kintyre Accommodation | I tried two very different accommodations in Kintyre during my trip. Carradales Guest House is a five-star bed & breakfast in Carradale, a stretched-out village on the east coast of the peninsula. I also spent two nights at the Seafield Annex of Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown. In addition to spending time on the mainland, I recommend trying to book a night on the Isle of Gigha to allow more time on the island. There are many options, such as the Gigha hotel, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and glamping pods.

Visit Islay and Jura (2 nights each)

The Isles of Islay and Jura are often visited together. They are very different, very close and well connected, but an additional factor is surely that Jura does not have its own car ferry connection to the mainland – although, there is a passenger ferry during the summer. 

Islay, also known as the Queen of the Hebrides or Whisky Island, is the third-largest island in the Inner Hebrides and offers a huge variety of landscapes, activities and attractions. From the obvious – whisky distilleries – to the new and exciting, such as fat-biking on the beach or sampling wine made from barley; Islay does not get boring. 

Jura is its rugged neighbour to the north. While it is over half the size of Islay, it counts less than 10% of its population. Only about 200 people call Jura their home and most live in the bustling village of Craighouse. Most of Jura is mountainous, bare and boggy, which makes for stunning, but challenging days out on the trail. A small ferry commutes between Port Askaig on Islay and Feolin on Jura. Many visit Jura on a day trip from Islay, but I recommend staying a while to immerse yourself in the wilderness – and the welcoming local community.

You could consider visiting during the Islay whisky festival Fèis Ìle, but the island is super busy then and it may not be the best time for in-depth distillery tours.

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Day 5 + 6: Isle of Islay

Begin your first day on Islay at the island’s Whisky Coast , where three distilleries – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg – lies within just a few miles from each other. All the distilleries on Islay are open to the public and offer tours and tastings – it is a must to visit at least one! My personal favourite is Ardbeg Distillery , which produces some of the peatiest whisky in the world. Their visitor centre has a lovely cafe with delicious vegan options.

In the afternoon, tour some of the other distilleries, taste locally produced wines at Islay Wines in Port Ellen, visit Kildalton Cross or go for a rewarding walk to the American Monument on the Mull of Oa .

On your second day on Islay, get active. Book a half-day activity with Kayak Wild Islay . Together with Dave, you can either head out in sea kayaks – or if the water is choppy or you’re up for a new activity, try fat biking on one of Islay’s beautiful beaches!

For lunch, treat yourself to a meal at The Machrie Hotel , overlooking the golf course and the ocean beyond. The vegan food here was my favourite of the entire trip, but of course, there are also plenty of non-vegan options!

In the afternoon, take in Islay’s beaches in the north. Saligo Bay will make your jaw drop, as will Machir Bay a bit further south. And why not visit Islay’s newest distillery Ardnahoe – you might not be able to taste their whisky yet, but from the tasting bar and the still room you get the most beautiful views of your next destination: the Isle of Jura!

At the end of the day, catch a ferry across to Jura and drive to Craighouse for the next two nights.

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A woman cycling a fat bike on a beach

ISLAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting to Islay | Calmac operates four to five daily ferry crossings from Kennacraig on the mainland to the Isle of Islay. Ferries alternate between Port Ellen in the south and Port Askaig in the north. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Port Ellen to Port Askaig, so in terms of where to stay, it barely makes a difference. You can find the full timetable here .

Vegan food on Islay | Like anywhere in Scotland, vegan food is becoming more popular and easier to come by on Islay. I highly recommend the restaurant at The Machrie Hotel , because the chef is actually vegan himself and prepares some of the most creative and mouthwatering meals I’ve ever tried. There are also vegan options available at Lagavulin and Ardbeg Distillery on the south coast, as well as Peatzeria in Bowmore. I also ate at Islay House Hotel, where the chef created an indulging vegan menu just for me.

Islay Accommodation | There is absolutely no shortage of accommodation on Islay, but I highly recommend booking far in advance to avoid disappointment. For anyone who is looking for self-catering accommodation with stunning views of Lagavulin Bay, I highly recommend Storm Pods . For the indulgent couple, Islay House Hotel near Port Askaig is the right choice!

Day 7 + 8: Isle of Jura

You will arrive on Jura late on Day 6 and leave early-ish on Day 8, which means you have one full day to spend on Jura. Make the most of it!

Craighouse is the bustling centre of the island and great for a little shopping sprawl, for example at the Whisky Island Gallery & Studio and a tour at Jura Distillery . Their tasting room is certainly one of the most beautiful and impressive I’ve ever seen! There are several walks you could do near Craighouse too – for example to the village viewpoint (description here ), to Market Loch (description here ), the distillery’s water source, or along the bay to Corran Sands , one of Jura’s most beautiful and easily accessible beaches. Along the way, you can often spot seals perched on the rocks exposed at low tide – they look like upside-down bananas!

If you’re a bit more adventurous, you could climb the highest peaks of the island, also known as the Paps of Jura (description here ). The hike takes about 10 hours, so make sure you leave early in the day and tell someone about your plans. 

If you are visiting in September, try to schedule your stay on Jura during the Jura Music Festival , which has been going on for many years and brings local, national and international musicians and visitors together for a weekend of beats and rhythms.

After two nights on the island, on Day 8, head back to Feolin in the morning. Get the ferry to Port Askaig, only to board yet another boat to take you from Port Askaig to the Isle of Colonsay.

Corran Sands beach on the Isle of Jura

JURA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting to Jura | While there is a passenger ferry from Tayvallich on the mainland to Craighouse on Jura during the summer, most visitors arrive via the small ferry between Port Askaig on Islay and Feolin on Jura. You can find the timetable and price information here . This ferry allows cars and the crossing only takes about 5 minutes.

Vegan food on Jura | I had a couple of nice meals on the Isle of Jura: at The Jura Hotel, where they always have a few options; and at The Antlers Bistro , which also has a nice deck for sunny days.

Jura Accommodation | There is significantly less choice for accommodation on Jura, so booking in advance is essential. I spent a night at The Jura Hotel , which offers stunning views over the Small Isles Bay, has a lovely restaurant and lively pub – the only one on the island!

Visit Colonsay (2 nights)

Depending on the seasonal ferry schedule, you might get to Colonsay around mid-day (summer timetable), in the late afternoon (Nov, Jan, Feb) or early in the morning (Dec, Mar).  I arrived on a Saturday around 1.30 pm, which gave me enough time to spend the afternoon exploring parts of the island. The ferry back to Oban leaves at 7 pm on Day 10, which means you might actually have 2.5 days on Colonsay if you stay 2 nights.

Day 9 + 10: Islay to Colonsay

The ferry arrives in Colonsay’s main village of Scalasaig , which is also home to most of the islands 124 inhabitants. Even though you can see Mull, Islay, Jura and the mainland from Colonsay, it feels like you are at the end of the world – it’s so remote. But also breathtaking!

One of Colonsay’s most famous beaches is Kiloran Bay , a vast stretch of sandy beach on the north of the island. From Kiloran, you can climb Carnan Eoin , the highest point of the island or explore a series of caves in the next bay over (description here ). Alternatively, you can follow the broad farm track leading north to Balnahard Bay , hands-down one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Watching the crystal clear water from the wind-sheltered sand dunes, one could easily forget that they are in Scotland and day-dream of swaying palm trees and rum cocktails with little umbrellas. Scotland or the Caribbean? Who knows!

Colonsay also has a very productive larder, especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Wild Thyme Spirits , who produces Colonsay Gin , offers tours and Gin Retreats at their stunning house in Upper Kilchattan. In Scalasaig, you can visit Colonsay Brewery and Wild Island Botanic Gin for a tour and a taste.

Another absolute highlight is a trip to Oransay – or Oronsay – in the south of Colonsay. You can reach this island by foot – but not via a bridge or causeway, but when the tide retreats and reveals a land-bridge across The Strand.* 

TOP TIP Wear wellies or brave the cold and cross The Strand in bare feet as there is usually remaining water in the bay. It only takes about half an hour, but it’s better than getting to Oransay with wet shoes!

Kiloran Bay beach

* Note, that the crossing is only safe at low tide and current time tables are available at the local post office, The Pantry, the Colonsay Hotel and other local businesses. It is important that you know when it is safe to cross and don’t attempt to outrun the tide. 

COLONSAY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting to Colonsay | There is a regular ferry service from Oban to Colonsay operated by Calmac, but for this itinerary, you need to coordinate your plans with the crossing from Islay to Colonsay. Due to the timetable, Day 8 must be a Wednesday or Saturday, as these are the only days of the week when the ferry goes from Islay to Colonsay. It’s Saturday only on the winter timetable! Find the full timetable here .

Vegan food on Colonsay | If you stay at The Colonsay Hotel, they are happy to accommodate you and offer vegan options. A true gem is The Pantry near the ferry terminal, which actually won a Hidden Gem of Scotland award in 2019!

Colonsay Accommodation | I stayed at The Colonsay Hotel , a lovely boutique hotel near the ferry terminal with comfortable rooms, a restaurant with stunning views, a bar and plenty of space in the lounge area. 

Visit the Heart of Argyll (3 nights)

You will get to Oban late on Day 10, so it is up to you where you want to spend the night – either in Oban or closer to next day’s activities. 

Day 11 + 12: Heart of Argyll

Despite a late night on Day 10, I rose early on Day 11 and made my way to Ellenabeich on the Isle of Seil . I joined a boat trip with Seafari Adventures to visit the Gulf of Corryvreckan , which is the third-largest tidal whirlpool in the world. An adrenaline- and fun-packed morning!

After the boat trip (approx. 2 hours) you could spend more time on Seil or cross over to the small, car-free Isle of Easdale for a wander. 

Next head south to Arduaine Garden , which features a wide variety of rhododendrons, magnolias, Himalayan lilies and more. There are several trails crisscrossing the garden and stunning viewpoint over the bay below.

Stop for lunch – or check-in for a night – at Loch Melfort Hotel next to the Garden. Spending a night in one of their sea-facing rooms will make for a morning view you will never forget! 

On the next day, it is time to deep-dive into Scottish history. Drive south to Kilmartin to visit Kilmartin Museum and a collection of Sculptures Stones at the cemetery. The glen below the village is home to a huge number of ancient and prehistoric monuments from standing stones to cairns and carvings. The Nether Largie Standing Stones are a must to see, and from there you can follow the farm track to the Temple Wood Stone Circle and one of the Nether Largie chambered cairns. Further down the glen, make sure to stop for a walk up Dunadd Fort , the former seat of the ancient Scottish Kingdom of Dalriada.

Find out more about these and more things to do in Kilmartin Glen !

Boat in the Corryvrecken Whirlpool

HEART OF ARGYLL TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting to the Heart of Argyll | In this itinerary, you will take the ferry from Colonsay to Oban and drive south to the Heart of Argyll. In general, the Heart of Argyll is just a 2-3 hour drive from Glasgow. Perfect getaway material!

Vegan food in the Hear of Argyll | I had a delicious vegan meal at Loch Melfort Hotel, stayed at a vegan B&B in Kilmartin and enjoyed a dinner at Cairnbaan Hotel right on the Crinan Canal.

Heart of Argyll Accommodation | I recommend spending the first night on or near the Isle of Seil. I spent a magical night at Loch Melfort Hotel , which is a pure treat, and my final night in Argyll at Kingsreach Vegan B&B with gorgeous views of Dunadd Fort. Read my review of the B&B here ! 

Day 13: Argyll to Glasgow (1 night)

Today is your final day on the road and it is time to return to Glasgow. From Kilmartin, it is a 2-hour drive to the city, but there is a lot to see along the way! That’s why I recommend driving back to Glasgow on Day 13 and heading to the airport from there on Day 14. 

Leaving Kilmartin behind, you will make your way through Lochgilphead and up the coast of Loch Fyne. You could stop at Crarae Garden or in Inveraray to visit the Castle. My favourite place for a walk is Ardkinglas Woodland Garden which is home to some of the biggest and tallest trees in the UK. The Rest and Be Thankful viewpoint makes for a scenic stop to enjoy a peaceful glimpse of Highland scenery. The final stretch of the route leads along Loch Lomond , where you could stop for lunch and a wander in the scenic village of Luss, or join a boat cruise on the loch from Tarbet.

Before you know it you will be back in Glasgow, looking back at an eventful 2-week journey to the west coast of Scotland.

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Purple flowers in front of Inveraray Castle

Day 14: Departure Day

Time to head back to the airport and bid farewell to bonnie Scotland – haste ye back!

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And for the times when you’re not appreciating the natural world, you can enjoy the many other attractions the region has to offer.

Join a guided wildlife walk, play a round of golf or climb a lighthouse. Take a pony trek across wild moorland or a cruise around the islands.

If browsing is your thing, then visit some of the galleries showing work by local artists and craftspeople, or visit our museums to find out more about the history and culture of the area.

It won’t have escaped your attention that we’re rather keen on our food and drink up here – don’t miss out on a visit to a smokehouse and distillery. And when you’re ready, we’ve got award-winning restaurants and long-established inns serving good, local produce, including seafood so fresh it was swimming before lunch.

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A 10-day west Scotland road trip itinerary

Updated On 23rd September, 2021

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland and are wondering what your Scotland road trip could look like or what you should do with your time there, you’ve arrived at the right blog post. In this blog post, I am going to share a 10-day west  Scotland road trip itinerary with you, jam-packed with all the best adventure on offer in this beautiful country.

Whether you’re coming from London, Scotland or somewhere else in the UK, this 10-day west Scotland road trip is perfect for those who want a real taste for what Scotland has to offer. From the beautiful white sand beaches of Arisaig and Morar to the swiss-like valley of Glen Etive, this 10-day road trip is for travellers truly looking to escape the city.

I will be taking adventures from my best places to visit in Scotland blog post and plotting them on a route that will take you on an epic west Scotland road trip. It will encompass all of the adventures I’ve been on in Scotland and more: visiting the Isle of Skye , spending time in Loch Lomond National Park , exploring Fort William and swimming in all the lochs!

Of course, this west Scotland road trip itinerary is going to assume you have a car with you. I’m not sure it would be of any use for me to write an itinerary for you whilst staying at your hotel lol. However, if you have booked to stay in one place during your time in west Scotland, you may want to use this post to inspire a day trip in west Scotland or to add an extension to your existing booking.

If like me, you are planning to drive from England to begin your road trip, you can check out my top tips for your Scotland road trip and my Scotland road trip planning guide . 

After all, road trips are the best!

Other blog posts you might find useful…

  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park: my guide and the best things to do
  • Cairngorms National Park: my guide and the best things to do

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  • Top tips for your Scotland road trip
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A 10-day road trip itinerary for west Scotland...

I’m going to begin this west Scotland road trip in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park , travel north and then back south, ending this road trip itinerary in Oban. It would be easy to turn this into a loop and drive back to Loch Lomond at the end of the last day, though.

If you’re flying into Scotland then you’re likely to be flying into Edinburgh , which is only 2 hours from Loch Lomond .  If like me, you are planning to drive from England to begin your road trip, you can check out  my top tips for your Scotland road trip  and my  Scotland road trip planning guide . 

This is a 10-day road trip itinerary for west Scotland, but there’s no reason why you can’t adapt it to be a 1-week itinerary, or take your time and spend 3 or 4 weeks completing this route! Now, personally, I think by far the best way to explore this part of Scotland is in your very own home on wheels, so you will find me recommending campsites and overnight parking, rather than hotels. However this trip is equally doable in a car, if you prefer. I’d recommend using Airbnb , Booking.com and Hostelworld for the best accommodation along your route.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more time and make some more stops, or if you’re looking for the best wild camping spots in Scotland, be sure to check out my Scotland Google Map Legend .

Scotland Google Map Legend

Scotland Google Map Legend

With this Google Map, you can have all my tips and recommendations at the touch of your fingertips. These are all the things I wish I knew and spent a lot of time researching before my 4-week adventure.  This Google Map Legend includes:

  • Best walks, hikes, viewpoints, beaches and activities
  • Lochs and waterfalls to visit
  • Road trip tips (campsites, laundrettes, lunch spots)
  • My favourite places for coffee, brunch and dinner
  • Things you must add to your bucket list!
  • Travel guide links within each location

Day 1: Loch Lomond

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It’s Day 1 of this Scotland road trip itinerary and I hope you’re raring to go! We’re starting this west Scotland road trip at Loch Lomond , one of the most popular places to visit in Scotland. Once you’ve got all the supplies ready for your road trip (check out my UK road trip checklist and my top tips for road trips in Scotland to make sure you don’t miss anything!), explore the area for a while.

Loch Lomond’s proximity to Glasgow makes it a popular spot with weekenders and holidaymakers, but that in no way detracts from its beauty. As part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park , this area is home to some of the best hikes in Scotland , and they range in difficulty so there’s something for everyone. Conic Hill is a great one to kick off your trip!

Although I’d recommend arriving as early as possible to squeeze in a hike, chances are you’ve travelled a long way to get to Loch Lomond and therefore are arriving late in the evening. If so, take advantage of the great overnight parking here, and wake up to a magical sunrise over the water…. although I should warn you, Scotland isn’t best known for having the clearest weather. 

A 10-day west Scotland road trip itinerary

Day 2: Loch Lomond, Falls of Falloch, Glencoe & Loch Achtriochtan

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On your second day of your west Scotland road trip enjoy a short boat cruise around Loch Lomond in the morning, or take a dip in the icy water. There’s a small hidden bay at Firken Point, just off the A82 where you can swim and get a feel for these famous Highland waters. Always be mindful of where you swim however, as in some areas it can be incredibly deep and there have recently been cases of bathers getting into difficulty.

On from Loch Lomond you’ll find the cascade of waterfalls known as Falls of Falloch.  There are so many beautiful spots to pull up and enjoy lunch, or even cook if you’re in a van! (I’ve pinned some spots for you in my  Scotland Google Map Legend ). The falls are  a short walk from the car park, and another popular spot for a swim. 

In the afternoon, venture north through the jaw-dropping Glencoe valley. You’ll want to keep your camera close as there are tonnes of places to stop and capture the most incredible views. It is quite simply breathtaking all the way from Loch Lomond to Glencoe.

Along the way, take a small detour toward (but not all the way) Glen Etive, where scenes from James Bond’s Skyfall were filmed (it’s even marked on google as James Bond Skyfall Road). This is one of the most scenic drives in Scotland! 

Just after passing the Glencoe Mountain Resort is a left turn that will take you down a single-lane road zig-zagging along the river Etive. This valley is reminiscent of the Swiss alps, and one of the best spots for wild camping in Scotland. There are multiple waterfalls and lagoons to bathe in so it’s well worth spending the rest of the day here.

After sunset, it’s a 40min drive to your next and final stop for the day, right on the shores of Loch Achtriochtan. There’s a free overnight car park which is one of the best spots to camp in Scotland and if you snag the right spot, you’ll be opening your doors right onto the loch for sunrise. It’s definitely another view worth waking up to on your west Scotland road trip.

A 10-day west Scotland road trip itinerary

Day 3: Fort William, Glencoe & Glenfinnan Viaduct

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I’d recommend swinging by Fort William in the morning to stock up on food and supplies… especially midge spray if you’re doing your west Scotland road trip in the summer. These little bugs are a nightmare during the warmer months. See all my top tips for a Scotland road trip here. 

Glencoe is one of the best places for hiking in the Scottish Highlands and there are plenty to choose from – catering to hikers of all levels, from leisurely wanderers to expert mountaineers.

Three of the best hikes in Glencoe include:

  • For those wanting an easy hike that has incredible views, I’d recommend the An Torr/Signal Rock Walk. This hike can be completed in 1.5 – 2hrs, and there’s a free car park.
  • If you’re looking to crank it up a notch, try the Lost Valley hike. This takes 3hrs and has a few steep sections, but they’re worth it for the view. 
  • If you’re really keen then test yourself with the Bidean Nam Bian hike or even attempt the summit of Scotland’s highest peak: Ben Nevis. Both are full day hikes. The closest car park for the Bidean Nam Bian hike is the Loch Achtriochtan viewpoint ca rpark, but for Ben Nevis, visit the Bens Nevis Centre to plan your trip.

See all the best hikes in Scotland here.

If hiking in Scotland is the main reason for your trip, then you can easily spend a couple of days here, but in the interest of time… we carry on.

From Glencoe and Fort William, it is a very short detour to one of Scotland’s most ‘magical’ destinations – Glenfinnan Viaduct, where Harry Potter fans can witness the iconic Hogwarts Express train cross the bridge. The best viewpoint is actually at the end of a dirt path, just up the road from the visitors centre. In the high season, from mid-June to late September, there are 4 train times, but in the low season there are only 2 so be sure not to miss it! (Top tip: the train usually passes the Glenfinnan Viaduct 30-40 minutes after it leaves Fort WIlliam). 

A 10-day west Scotland road trip itinerary

Other must see places to visit in Scotland for Harry Potter fans:

  • Loch Shiel – the iconic lake which surrounds the entrance to Hogwarts.
  • Loch Elite, Eilean na Moine island — the exact location where Dumbledore was buried and an absolutely beautiful place to watch the sunset.

Day 4: Lochs, Eilean Donan Castle & the Isle of Skye

  • Driving time: 3.5 hours

Get your playlist ready and hit the road early for day 4 of our west Scotland road trip! Follow the A82 north out of Fort William, before turning onto the A87 where you’ll be driving through an endless stretch of lochs: Loch Gary, Loch Loyne and Loch Cluanie (which is especially beautiful). This is honestly one of the best drives of this west Scotland road trip so take it slow and soak in the view. 

After about 2hrs, you’ll arrive at one of the most famous castles in the West of Scotland: Eilean Donan. It is open from May to October and the bridge is a great spot for an Instagram pic. See my travel photography tips here. 

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If, like me, you’ve finished all of the snacks bought in Fort William, then grab a bite to eat at The Clachan or pick up some delicious baked goods at Manuela’s Wee Bakery.

Eilean Donan is our last stop on the mainland before crossing over to the Isle of Skye, where the mountains and lochs give way to stunning coastline, white sandy beaches and rugged rocky pinnacles. 

After crossing Skye bridge, follow the coastal road east toward Portree. This is the largest town (albeit still very small) on the island, and your best bet for accommodation. However, for those enjoying the campervan life, continue through Portree to the Old Man of Storr. Snag yourself a spot at the overnight car park at the base of the Storr walk. While pay and display in the daytime, at night this car park is free to stay in and provides the perfect place to wild camp in Scotland and begin your sunrise hike to the Old Man of Storr, before the crowds arrive. See all the best things to do on the Isle of Skye here. 

Day 5 & 6: Isle of Skye

  • Driving time: 3-5 hours (across two days, depending on where you decide to explore)

You’ve made it to the Isle of Skye and you’re halfway through your west Scotland road trip. Time to really enjoy this historic place and enjoy some of the best things to do on Skye !

Unlike most of the trip, we’re now on a very small island so it’s much easier to get around and explore! My top 5 things to do on the Isle of Skye are:

  • Stroll through Portree, the main town on the island and a great place to grab coffee and top up on supplies. 
  • Head to the beach for a swim or enjoy a picnic at either Corran or Coral beaches.
  • Hike to the infamous Old Man of Storr. The hike starts at this car park and takes 2-3hrs there and back, depending on how long you spend enjoying the epic views.

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  • Take the Quiraing Pass up to the Quiraing Loop Hike.  Much like the Storr, this landmark is a needle-like rock formation and one of the most photographic spots on the Isle of Skye. This 2hr walk is actually twice the distance as the Old Man of Storr hike, but without the steep inclines. However, if you’re just looking for a good view then it’s hard to beat the car park, which is where the picture below was taken.
  • Sunset at Neist Point Lighthouse. This is the most westerly point of the island, where the wind is gnarly but the views across the Atlantic Ocean are mind blowing.

If you want to set off early in the morning, try and stay overnight on the south of Skye near Armadale, as this is where we are taking the ferry from on day 7 of our west Scotland road trip. 

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Days 7: Camusdarach

  • Ferry crossing (Armadale to Mallaig): 45 minutes
  • Driving time: 10 minutes

Take the ferry across from Skye to Mallaig on the mainland.

Then take the short drive down to Camusdarach. Spend the night at one of the many campsites that line the beaches here, the most ‘luxurious’ being Silversands Caravan & Campsite. Many won’t in fact have websites to book, so it might be a case of calling around to see what is available.  There are lots of great places to swim here, so it’s a relaxing day today! 

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Days 8 & 9: Isle of Mull

  • Driving time: 3-3.5 hours (including a ferry)

From the coast of Arisaig, it’s a 3-4hr drive south to the postcard-perfect Isle of Mull, where beaches like Calgary Bay and Langamull wouldn’t look out of place in the Mediterranean. Toward the south-west there are more beaches in Knockvologan, Traigh Gael and Tinkers Bay – all beautiful, secluded places to spend the night. These are some of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland, so make sure you don’t miss these on your Scotland road trip!

Other notable places to visit on/near the Isle of Mull are:

  • Iona (a small island off the west coast)
  • The Inner/Outer Hebrides (a small yet striking archipelago of islands, with impressive views!)
  • Ben More (the highest mountain on Mull)

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Day 10: Oban

  • Driving + ferry time: 1.5 hours + your journey home

It’s easy to spend a few days on Mull, but we’ve run out of days on our west Scotland road trip, so it’s time to hop back over to the mainland, via Oban. Take the ferry from Craignure to Oban and enjoy a morning stroll through this seaside town, or even book onto their infamous distillery tour!

Most campervan rentals will need to be returned by midday, so from Oban continue south toward Loch Lomond and onto Glasgow or Edinburgh , depending on where you picked up your camper. For those heading back to London or the south, let the long journey home begin.

It is so easy to spend more time in this beautiful part of the world, but this is the end of our ultimate 10-day west Scotland road trip. 

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The 14 best places to visit in Scotland

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Nov 19, 2023 • 10 min read

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Pack your camping gear (and your rainproofs) and head to some of the best places to visit in Scotland © Robert Coppinger / Shutterstock

Some of the best places to visit in Scotland will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever gazed at a whisky label or shortbread tin. Think dramatic peaks, lonely glens, lochs, tartan and haggis!

From spectacular Skye and historic Edinburgh to the rolling rivers of Speyside, Scotland’s big sights are as glorious as you’d imagine. But scratch the surface of this proud nation and you’ll find a varied and engrossing place, dotted with prehistoric villages, wild clubs, rich seafood and ruined abbeys.

So, where to start? Once you've decided on the best time for your visit , you need to decide on the best places to go while you're there. Here is our pick of the best destinations in Scotland to get you started.

Group of people walking along cliff edge looking over Edinburgh

1. Edinburgh

Best place for year-round entertainment

Scotland's capital may be famous for its festivals, but there's much more to the city than that. Edinburgh is a place of many moods: visit in spring to see the Old Town silhouetted against a blue sky and a yellow haze of daffodils, or on a chill winter’s day for fog snagging the spires of the Royal Mile, rain on the cobblestones, and a warm glow beckoning from the windows of local pubs. With a world-class modern art gallery , top museums , spooky historic sites and a majestic 12th-century castle , there's plenty to keep you entertained whatever the season.

Local tip: Start your visit to Edinburgh with a climb up Arthur's Seat , an extinct volcano for panoramic views over the city.

2. West Highland Way

Best place for long-distance hiking

The best way to really get inside Scotland's landscapes is to walk them. Here, peaks tower over lochs and sea cliffs gaze over the wind-whipped sea, but there are short woodland trails and charming strolls through valleys dusted with purple heather, too. Top of the wish list for many hikers is the 96-mile West Highland Way from Milngavie (near Glasgow) to Fort William , a weeklong walk through some of the country's finest scenery, finishing in the shadow of its highest peak, Ben Nevis.

If you don’t have the time or energy for a long-distance trek, it's possible to do just a day's hike along part of the trail. For example, you could walk the section from Rowardennan to Inversnaid, returning to your starting point using the Loch Lomond waterbus . Whichever section you take on, pack waterproofs and midge repellent. Rail lovers should note that sleeper trains run south from Fort William all the way to London, making for an easy exit after a walk.

Detour:  The 1,345m (4,413ft) summit of Ben Nevis is within reach of anyone who's reasonably fit: treat the peak with respect and your reward (weather permitting) will be magnificent views that can stretch as far as Northern Ireland.

The Kylesku Bridge spanning Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin in the Scottish Highlands, which is a landmark on the North Coast 500 tourist driving route.

3. North Coast 500

Best place for a scenic road trip

Breathtaking views abound in the Highlands , but the far north is where things become truly awe-inspiring. This is the best place in Scotland to explore by car (you can also cycle it), with some of the finest roadside scenery in Europe.

The North Coast 500 starts and ends in the likable city of Inverness , and loops past the lochs, sand dunes and golf courses of the east coast before taking in the remote cliffs and beaches of Cape Wrath, the rugged peaks of Assynt and Torridon’s desolate beauty. These sights, and the nooks of warm Highland hospitality found in the region's classic rural pubs and old crofting villages, make this an unforgettable weeklong tour.

4. Isle of Skye

Best place for photographers

In a country famous for stunning scenery, the Isle of Skye takes the top prize. From the craggy peaks of the Cuillins and the bizarre pinnacles of the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing to the spectacular sea cliffs of Neist Point, there's a photo opportunity awaiting you at almost every turn.

Skye is also one of the best places in Scotland to see golden eagles, and you’ll find convivial pubs and top seafood restaurants if you can tear your eyes from the natural world. Of course, all this tourist appeal makes Skye one of Scotland's most popular destinations. The crowds tend to stick to Portree , Dunvegan and Trotternish – it’s almost always possible to find peace and quiet in the island’s further-flung corners.

Planning tip:  Come prepared for changeable weather – when it’s fine, it’s very fine indeed, but all too often it isn’t.

5. Loch Lomond

Best place for a lakeside hike

Despite being less than an hour's drive from the bustle and sprawl of Glasgow, the bonnie braes (banks) of Loch Lomond – immortalized in the words of one of Scotland's best-known songs – comprise one of the most scenic parts of the country.

At the heart of Scotland's first national park , the loch begins as a broad, island-peppered lake in the south, its shores clothed in bluebell-sprinkled woods before narrowing in the north to a fjord-like trench ringed by mountains.

Detour: The summit of Ben Lomond (974m/3,031ft) is a popular climb – follow the well-maintained path for a 7-mile round-trip on the popular Tourist Route (allow around 5 hours).

embers of the public enjoy their first drink in a beer garden at the Rosevale Tavern in Partick on July 06, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Best place for live music and pub culture

Scotland's biggest city may lack Edinburgh's stunning setting, but it more than makes up for it with a barrelful of things to do and a warmth and energy that leaves every visitor impressed. Edgy and contemporary, it's a great spot to browse art galleries and museums , and to discover the works of local design hero Charles Rennie Mackintosh .

Glasgow’s infectious vitality is best sampled via its lively pubs and clubs, which host one of the world's great live music scenes.

Local tip:  Check out upcoming (mostly alt-rock) acts at the Barrowland  (crowned the UK's best music venue by Time Out magazine in 2023), a legendary former ballroom, or try the Sub Club for house and techno, the Clutha Bar for roots and rock, or Nice N Sleazy , a classic indie dive.

7. Stirling

Best place for castle fans

With an impregnable position atop a mighty wooded crag – the plug of an extinct volcano – Stirling ’s beautifully preserved Old Town is a treasure trove of historic buildings and cobbled streets winding up to the ramparts of Stirling Castle . This fortress has seen serious action – it was bombarded by the Warwolf, a giant 14th-century English siege engine, and was besieged during the 1745 Jacobite rising, as well as sending troops to the battle of Bannockburn (the decisive battle celebrated at the end of Braveheart ), just a few miles south.

Today, views that stretch to the Highlands, glorious tapestries and juicy history make this Scotland’s best castle – and a great family attraction.

Planning tip:  It's best to visit in the afternoon; many tourists come on day trips, so you may have the castle almost to yourself by 4pm.

Fishing boat in the harbour at Lybster on the east coast of Scotland.

8. St Andrews

Best place for golfers

Scotland invented the game of golf, and the city of  St Andrews is still revered as its spiritual home by hackers and champions alike. Links courses are the classic experience here – bumpy coastal affairs where the rough is heather and machair (coastal grass) and the main enemy is the wind, which can make a disaster of a promising round in an instant.

St Andrews, the historic Fife university town, is golf's headquarters , and an irresistible destination for anyone who loves the sport. And if you're not so keen, well, the city has impressive medieval ruins , stately university buildings , idyllic white sands and excellent guesthouses and restaurants .

The stone ruins of Skara Brae on the coast of Mainland Orkney

9. Skara Brae

Best place for lovers of ancient history

When visiting ancient sites, it can sometimes be difficult to bridge the gulf of years or build a connection with the people that built them, but Scotland’s superb prehistoric remains have an immediate impact. Few places offer a better glimpse of everyday Stone Age life than Skara Brae in Orkney  with its carefully constructed fireplaces, beds, cupboards and water cisterns.

This Neolithic village – which, at 5,000 years is older than Stonehenge or the Pyramids of Giza – lay buried in coastal sand dunes for centuries. Even today, it can feel as though the inhabitants have just slipped out to go fishing and could return at any moment.

10. Glen Coe

Best place for clan history

Scotland's most famous glen combines two essential qualities of the Highlands: dramatic scenery and a deep sense of history. The peace and beauty of this valley today belies the fact that Glen Coe was the scene of a ruthless 17th-century massacre, when the local MacDonalds were murdered by soldiers of the Campbell clan.

Some of the glen's finest walks – to the Lost Valley, for example – follow the routes taken by fleeing clanspeople, many of whom perished in the snow.

Planning tip:  Start at the Glencoe Visitor Centre for more information on this beautiful place and its tragic history.

11. Perthshire

Best place to enjoy nature's bounty

In Perthshire , the heart of Scotland, picturesque towns bloom with flowers, distilleries emit tempting malty odors and sheep graze in impossibly green meadows. There's a feeling of the bounty of nature that no other place in Scotland can replicate.

Blue-gray lochs shimmer, reflecting the changing moods of the weather; centuries-old trees tower amid riverside forests; majestic glens scythe their way into remote wildernesses; and salmon leap upriver to the place of their birth.

A group of black-and-white birds with colourful beaks stand together on a clifftop on a misty day

12. Shetland Islands

Best place for birdwatching

Close enough to Norway to make Scottish nationality an ambiguous concept, the Shetland Islands are Britain’s most northerly outpost. The stirringly bleak setting – recognized as a precious UNESCO geopark – still feels uniquely Scottish though, with deep, naked glens flanked by steep hills, twinkling, sky-blue lochs and, of course, wandering sheep on the little-trafficked roads. It's the birdlife, however, that really draws visitors here.

From their first arrival in late spring to the raucous feeding frenzies of high summer, the vast colonies of gannets, guillemots, skua, puffins and kittiwakes at Hermaness , Noss, Sumburgh Head and Fair Isle provide some of Britain's most impressive birdwatching experiences.

Local tip: Shetland is one of the best places in the UK to spot orcas (and the Northern Lights).

13. Speyside

Best place for whisky tasting

Scotland's national drink is whisky – from the Gaelic uisge beatha , meaning “water of life” – and this fiery spirit has been distilled here for more than 500 years. More than 50 distilleries are in operation in Speyside, Scotland's most famous whisky area, famed for fruity, lightly spicy flavors (head over to Islay for peatier varieties).

Ask at the Whisky Museum about the Malt Whisky Trail, a self-guided tour around the local distilleries. If you just have time for one, the Balvenie Distillery is a good bet as it still uses a traditional malting floor – the smell is glorious!

Planning tip:  Dufftown lies at the heart of the region and is host to the biannual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

14. The Scotland Borders

Best place for a country ramble

Many visitors to Scotland race up to Edinburgh and then hightail it to the Highlands, missing the Scottish Borders entirely . That's their loss. Once fought over by war chiefs and cattle thieves, the Borders region is rich in history and packed with good cycling and hiking routes.

There are grand country houses, too – Traquair House brews Jacobite Ale and has a concealed room that once hid Catholic priests – and a series of gorgeous ruined abbeys – Gothic Melrose Abbey is the best – plus birds and sea cliffs at St Abb’s Head. More active types can fish for salmon or thunder down the mountain bike trails at Glentress and Innerleithen.

This article was first published May 13, 2021 and updated Nov 19, 2023.

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The Three Isles Tour (Departing from Craignure, Mull)

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Best of the west coast – scotland’s hidden gems.

Scotland undoubtedly holds a bounty of riches for travellers and explorers visiting the country, from the historic and bustling cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to the majestic highlands and our world famous exports.

Best of the West Coast - Scotland's hidden gems

But only a short jaunt away from the shopping, nightlife and modernity of the central belt, travellers can uncover a trove of thriving towns and communities along Scotland’s West Coast. Blending seamlessly into modern cosmopolitan Scotland, the islands of the West Coast offer an insight into more traditional Scottish culture, and boast some of the rarest and most sought after experiences in the world.

Set against the backdrop of Ben More, one of Scotland’s most famous Munros, the Isle of Mull is renowned for its incredible wildlife and nature. Eagles, otters, dolphins and whales adorn the landscape, providing a unique experience for naturists and hillwalkers alike.

The island’s capital, Tobermory, is popular among tourists for its great coffee shops and famous colourful houses, as well as the beautiful Aros Waterfall. The famed Tobermory topper gives tourists a fully-guided coastal tour from Craignure to Tobermory. With the weather on your side, make the most of Mull’s distinct beaches and coastal views; the clear waters and white sands of Calgary Bay can match the best in the world.

Located just west of Mull, Staffa is known as Scotland’s ‘magic isle’. Despite covering less than a quarter of a square mile, Staffa impacts tourists and prominent cultural figures alike, from the artist JMW Turner to composer Mendelssohn. The most awe-inspiring feature of Staffa is certainly Fingals Cave. Part of a great network of sea caves, the ‘Cave of Melody’ (An Uamh Binn in Gaelic) was formed over 50 million years ago in the same lava flow that shaped the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Surrouned by a mass of sea birds and flanked by the imposing basalt columns, the entrance to Fingals cave is both a geological and ornithological marvel. Visiting the island you’ll also learn of the mystery and myth that surrounds 3rd century Irish general Finn MacCumhail and his warriors, for whom they say the cave is named.

Known for its peace, tranquillity and stunning landscape, small Iona has a mysterious and spiritual past. Revered by many, the ‘holy isle’ is said to be the final resting place of over 50 Scottish, Norwegian and Irish kings. The island is peppered with spiritual sites, mainly from early Christianity, with stunning celtic crosses and the beautifully restored Iona abbey. The island is also believed to be where the famous celtic crosses were first created. You can also sample some of the freshest and most delicious seafood Scotland has to offer.

Over the summer months the town of Oban turns into a bustling hive of activity, with tourists flocking from all over the world to make the most of the unbeatable views, excellent cuisine and inviting atmosphere. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban is superbly located to make the most of the surrounding islands with a number of fantastic, widely varying tours available.

Venturing beyond Scotland’s contemporary urban sprawl is a must for any traveller and explorer. Scotland’s west coast offers unparalleled experiences that have inspired some of the most important cultural works in its history.

With daily tours and trips available from Oban (only 2 hours from Glasgow), there’s a unique experience to be had for every traveller and explorer of Scotland’s west coast.

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“Eat local, eat fresh, eat natural.”

It’s a mantra resounding across the foodie world and, luckily, an easy goal to strive towards in Scotland. The entire foundation of Scottish food culture and identity is based on natural ingredients easily found in our great outdoors – think Scottish raspberries in a traditional cranachan dessert, haddock that abounds in the surrounding seas used to create our traditional fish soup Cullen skink, or a Scottish roast beef accompanied by local root vegetables grown in Scotland’s fertile green spaces.

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While haggis may spring to mind when you think of Scottish cuisine, what epitomises our cooking is not the stereotypical dishes but rather our fresh, natural produce. By the end of this blog, you may be sick of me using the words “local” and “home-made”, for they chime out of tiny cafes and large restaurants across Scotland.

Scotland’s west coast offers jaw-dropping scenery and some of the very best Scottish food experiences, and this is my guide to making the most of this foodie coastline. The incredible seafood bars and Michelin-recommended restaurants feature, of course, but so do smaller cafes that serve up a hearty slice of cake and a creamy cappuccino. It’s all about exciting your palate and warming your heart as you drive this stunning country …

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First nibbles …

Starting from Glasgow, my foodie journey begins by heading north to beautiful and mesmerising Loch Lomond – the biggest expanse of inland water in the UK and the perfect spot for a picnic. Take a stroll up one of the iconic hills close at hand such as Conic Hill beside Balmaha, or the Cobbler at Arrochar. Here you can have a welcome stretch of the legs ready to pack in as much food as possible.

At the picturesque village of Luss, stopping for refreshments at the  Coach House Coffee Shop  is compulsory. Here they fill their teapots to the brim and their cakes come in generous slices.

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Loch Fyne …

Venturing on towards the shores of Loch Fyne along the A83, you’ll travel past the iconic beauty spot the  Rest and Be Thankful . On the shores of Loch Fyne is the legendary  Loch Fyne Oyster Bar , a Scottish gastronomic icon where clean and unfussy seafood allows you to delve wholeheartedly into the fresh flavours and beautiful views. The menu continuously changes depending on the season and the catch brought in by fishermen each day.

The restaurant focuses on supporting the local community through the provision of the very best seafood sourced with the least environmental impact possible. Some favourite dishes are the oysters served with smoked anchovies and parmesan and the Tarbert scallops, smoked bacon and garlic butter – a sublime culinary experience.

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Close at hand the exemplary seafood can be washed down with a beer from  Fyne Ales Brewery , made using water from the hills surrounding their spectacular Glen Fyne location.

Stock up on some bottles for later or perhaps choose to try the succulent steak pie served up in their bar, made using beef sourced from their own herd of highland cattle.

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Heading up the coast …

The coast now beckons, but along the way I’d visit picture-perfect Inveraray for some sightseeing at the 19th-century Jail. A caffeine and cake hit is again needed upon passing Lochgilphead – the thick chocolate tiffin from The Square Peg would be my traybake of choice.

From here it is just 15 minutes to Crinan where the renowned seafood bar of the Crinan Hotel awaits. Dinner is served just 50 yards from the pier where the freshest seafood is landed each day. Dine on jumbo prawns, crayfish, clams, lobster, mussels or oysters as you watch the bustling life of the sea lock.

Upstairs, the Michelin recommended Westward Restaurant offers five-course gourmet dinners overlooking the sea towards the Isle of Jura and the whirling Corryvreckan. Their seasonal menu features delights such as Sound of Jura lobster and whole Loch Crinan langoustines with garlic aioli, as well as non-seafood dishes such as a roast rack of mouthwatering Argyll lamb.

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On to Oban …

Meandering up the coastline to my next eating destination, stop for some culture at Kilmartin Glen. This is a special place and one of the most important archaeological sites in Scotland – start at the museum and be sure to visit their stone barn cafe and courtyard. The homemade (of course) white chocolate and cranberry scones are unequivocally delicious.

Reaching Oban, ‘Scotland’s Seafood Capital’ – the choice of seafood and classic fish and chips is overwhelming. By the ferry terminal, you can purchase langoustines plucked fresh from the sea. Nearby, a hot smoked salmon sandwich from the Oban Seafood Hut or Food From Argyll at The Pier may be the best bread and filling combination you’ve ever eaten.

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Along the main street, you can buy salt and vinegar-laden chips and look out to the harbour.

For something to satisfy that undeniable post-savoury sweetness craving, the  Oban Chocolate Cafe  serves up white and milk chocolate fish and chips in a newspaper-lined box, Irn Bru and whisky truffles, and chocolate orange waffles topped with handmade chocolate flakes.

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Hopping across to the Isle of Mull …

Having sat staring out to sea admiring the beautiful views and basking in the joy of trying some of the best seafood in Scotland I wouldn’t yet be content. The sea itself calls and my next stop is across the water.

A 45-minute ferry from Oban, the Isle of Mull is famous for wildlife, the coloured houses that line the pretty harbour of Tobermory and most importantly, its wonderful, locally-produced food and drink.

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Mull is home to the world-famous  Isle of Mull cheddar  – a brand synonymous with premium quality. At the island’s dairy farm you can watch firsthand as the ivory-coloured cheese is crafted to create a distinctively sharp and fruity flavour.

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A visit to Mull would be incomplete without visiting the amazing  Cafe Fish  in Tobermory where the portions are enormous and quality sublime.

Set idyllically overlooking the harbour, their menu is scribbled onto a board each day and features the freshest ingredients possible. Their Sound of Mull scallops with a Malaysian coconut and turmeric laksa sauce are the perfect fusion of international spice and sea flavours.

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Off the beaten track …

Would you take a ferry just to reach exceptional food? A delicious idea to me! Getting to  The Whitehouse Restaurant  by Lochaline is not easy, but after the Corran ferry and a 12-mile drive south, your tastebuds will be richly rewarded with a menu underpinned by locally-foraged ingredients and simple flavours. They offer a carefully-sourced 4 to 6-course tasting menu that is worth every picturesque mile.

Perhaps try smoked mackerel terrine, Gigha halibut exquisitely decorated with edible flowers, or crab and smoked salmon ravioli … need I say more?

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Inland to Fort William …

For the crème de la crème of Scottish dining experiences, head to the opulent  Inverlochy Castle Hotel  for a once in a lifetime meal in magnificent, royal surroundings. Their fine dining rooms are charmingly decorated with decadent furniture gifted by the King of Norway and their 3 AA rosette restaurant runs seamlessly under the expert rule of legendary father and son duo Albert and Michel Roux. Not to mention the setting …

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The menu focuses on modern British cuisine with French influences, created using the best local produce. Their tasting menu is a fabulous option to trial your taste buds on exquisitely presented and mind-bogglingly creative dishes such as their recent seaweed cured sea trout or roast Atlantic cod.

If you fancy a truly British experience you could also book in for  afternoon tea   for a memorably indulgent end to your Scottish foodie adventure.

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25 Spectacular Places to Visit in Scotland: “Best sights for tourists” by Scotsman readers

Scotland subjugates a lot of travellers’ bucket lists and if that includes you then these are the breathtaking Scottish locations you have to check out as recommended by our Scotsman readers.

For the most popular Scottish tourist attractions you can easily find suggestions like Edinburgh or the Scottish Highlands with a quick online search, but of course there is much more on offer in this bonnie wee country of ours.

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Politics latest: Senior Labour MP 'genuinely a bit hurt' as defection 'caught everyone by surprise'

Right-wing Tory MP Natalie Elphicke has defected to Labour, hitting out at the "broken promises of Rishi Sunak's tired and chaotic government". The move has raised eyebrows across Westminster given some of her previous comments.

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Our political editor Beth Rigby has just been giving her view on a shocking day in Westminster that saw Natalie Elphicke dramatically cross the floor to the Labour benches as PMQs was getting underway.

Beth says: "It's clearly a body blow to a prime minister that's just had the worst defeat for the Conservative Party in 40 years, and then has the spectacle of an MP crossing the floor as he's in the House.

"It caught everyone by surprise."

But she adds that it's "not completely straight forward for Keir Starmer too tonight."

She says she has spoken to "a number of MPs", and "there is a lot of unhappiness on the Labour benches".

One senior Labour MP told her they felt "genuinely a bit hurt by it all".

The MP told her: "I just expected better. Never underestimate the ability of politics to disappoint."

Another MP on the left of the party said it has "gone down very badly" and there is "disappointment" and "disbelief" across the party.

That person said: "An opportunist whose virtual entire political activity has been centred upon opposing Labour values is opened with open arms."

The key issue for Labour, Beth explains, is that Ms Elphicke has always been on the right of the Conservative Party, so her crossing the floor is "quite difficult for some MPs to swallow".

She says the bigger picture for Sir Keir Starmer is that he has had two defections from the Conservative Party in 11 days - one saying Labour is better on the NHS, and now Ms Elphicke saying the PM has "broken promises on immigration".

Beth concludes: "Given that is the hill on which Rishi Sunak is fighting his election campaign effectively, that is going to really hurt, and Labour will chalk that up as a win and hope that the MPs complain in private, but keep quiet publicly."

Thank you for joining us in the Politics Hub for another busy day in Westminster.

Here's what happened:

  • Jaws hit the floor across the House of Commons when Tory MP Natalie Elphicke crossed the floor to the Labour benches just minutes before PMQs started;
  • The move provoked shock and fury on the Tory benches that an MP considered very right-wing decided to switch sides just weeks or months before a general election;
  • But there is also considerable upset on the Labour side that someone so right-wing has been welcomed with opened arms, especially given her previous defence of her ex-husband accused (and eventually convicted) of sexual assault;
  • Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds defended the defection, saying she is "putting her constituents first";
  • She also made clear that Nigel Farage would not be welcome in Labour after a party spokesperson earlier seemed to fail to rule that out;
  • Former immigration minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News the Tory party must stop their voters from "drifting to Reform" in order to win the next election - and also that he would welcome Mr Farage in the party;
  • Labour provoked upset in the Jewish community by restoring the whip to Kate Osamor, who had said on Holocaust Memorial Day that Gaza should be remembered as a genocide;
  • SNP leader John Swinney was sworn in as Scotland's new first minister, and appointed former leadership contender Kate Forbes as his deputy;
  • The Home Office expelled a Russian defence attache as part of a series of measures against Moscow.

Join us from 6am for the very latest political news.

By  Faye Brown , political reporter

Nigel Farage would not be accepted into Labour because his values are "completely inimical" to the party, a shadow frontbencher said.

Anneliese Dodds was asked about her party's "red lines" following the shock defection of former Tory MP Natalie Elphicke to the Opposition on Wednesday.

Some Labour figures have expressed concerns about the move, given that the Dover MP has repeatedly attacked Labour over migration and was seen as being on the right of her party.

Ms Dodds told the Politics Hub with Sophy Ridge that she had not been contacted by anybody "to say they didn't want that decision to have been taken", following reports Sir Keir Starmer has faced a hostile response.

Asked if Mr Farage would be welcome if he wanted to join Labour, Ms Dodds said: "Nigel Farage is someone who is well outside any kind of Labour values.

"He has proven that time and time and time again."

Read the full story here:

It's been a big day in Scotland today, with John Swinney being sworn in as the new first minister and the appointment of his new cabinet.

The Scottish government has confirmed 11 cabinet ministers have been appointed, with 14 junior ministers below them.

This means that there are four fewer ministers in the Scottish government since the start of this year.

And in a sign of what the new SNP first minister's priorities will be, the "minister for independence" role has been scrapped, and no longer appears on the Scottish government's website.

The role was first created just over a year ago when Humza Yousaf became first minister.

By Tomos Evans , Wales reporter

Wales's first minister Vaughan Gething has said he is "entirely relaxed" after being accused of misleading the UK COVID Inquiry.

Nation.Cymru reported on Tuesday that Mr Gething sent a text message in which he said "I'm deleting the messages in this group".

"They can be captured in an FOI [Freedom of Information request] and I think we are all in the right place on the choice being made," the message added.

The Welsh news outlet reported the message was posted in a ministerial group chat on Monday 17 August 2020.

"The message that has been published today is a message from me without the context of the discussion," Mr Gething said at First Minister's questions.

You can read more below:

At Westminster today, we've seen Sir Keir Starmer accused of taking Labour rightwards after welcoming former Tory MP Natalie Elphicke, who defected just before PMQs.

Up in Scotland, are the SNP going in a similar direction?

New party leader and first minister John Swinney has just been speaking about his cabinet, which notably includes former leadership candidate Kate Forbes as his deputy.

Our Scotland correspondent Connor Gillies says "she was promised a significant and senior role", having chosen not to run for the leadership again after her failed attempt last year.

She got almost half the vote but lost to Humza Yousaf.

The progressive Scottish Greens, who were in coalition with Mr Yousaf's SNP until they were turfed out last month, sparking his downfall, are "not particularly pleased" with Ms Forbes's appointment.

There's "a sense the SNP is taking a lurch to the right", says Connor, given her more socially conservative views.

That charge has been denied by Mr Swinney, who has vowed "to be a first minister for everyone, whether you're in the LGBT community or not".

Ms Forbes has previously said she would have voted against gay marriage and the government's gender reform laws, and that her faith means she thinks having children outside marriage is "wrong".

Connor says the disquiet her appointment will cause among some in the Scottish parliament is a sign of how tough a job Mr Swinney has to improve the sense of unity among MSPs, something he has to do to govern effectively with a minority administration.

By Jennifer Scott , political reporter

The Conservatives must stop their voters from "drifting to Reform" in order to win the next election, Robert Jenrick has said.

Speaking to political editor Beth Rigby , the former immigration minister pointed to lowering legal migration as the "most important" issue to win back those who now support Nigel Farage's party - as well as people who voted Tory in 2019 "who [now] don't feel that the party is being conservative enough".

Mr Jenrick also said he would have "no problem" with Mr Farage joining his party, or "working with" him, adding: "I want the Conservative Party to be one which is the natural home for anyone who shares my determination to tackle issues like illegal and legal migration."

You can read more here:

The Sky News live poll tracker - collated and updated by our Data and Forensics team - aggregates various surveys to indicate how voters feel about the different political parties.

With the local elections complete, Labour is still sitting comfortably ahead, with the Tories trailing behind.

See the latest update below - and you can read more about the methodology behind the tracker  here .

After Natalie Elphicke announced her defection from the Tory party to Labour this lunchtime, there were immediately questions about what would happen to Labour's existing candidate.

Mike Tapp, a former soldier, was selected a long while ago, and he has tonight publicly reassured voters that he remains their candidate.

He posted on X: "I'm still your candidate!

"We've seen countless Tory switchers, today another, I look forward to Natalie's support at the next general election.

"Natalie has seen that only Labour has a plan to secure our borders, and build the homes we need."

Over a year ago, Rishi Sunak made five pledges for voters to judge him on.

The prime minister met his promise to halve inflation by the end of 2023.

But with the general election approaching, how is Mr Sunak doing on delivering his other promises?

You can see the progress for yourself below:

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  1. 7 Days of Iconic Sightseeing in The West of Scotland

    Day 5 The Road to Skye. Transport: This exciting section of the trip will take you past some spellbinding Highland landscapes before crossing over to the Isle of Skye. Stop the car to take in the views at Glen Sheil, before taking the A87 across the Skye bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh to discover this famous isle. 13.

  2. 17 Best Places to Visit on the West Coast of Scotland

    Explore Glasgow's West End, one of the 'coolest districts in the world' according to Time Out. Take a walking tour of Glasgow City Centre with top sites like the Botanical Gardens, Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. 11. Dumfries & Galloway.

  3. The West Coast of Scotland

    7 days Scotland West Coast Itinerary. Here's how I would spend a week road tripping the West Coast of Scotland: Stop 1: Glencoe. Stop 2: Fort William. Stop 3: Glenfinnan Viaduct. Stop 4: Arisaig, Camusdarach, & Morar. Stop 5: Isle of Skye. Stop 6: Isle of Raasay. Stop 7: Kyle of Lochalsh.

  4. Scotland West Coast Itinerary: How to See the Best of the West Coast in

    Quick answer: Scotland West Coast itinerary. Day 1: Arrive in Fort William. Days 2 & 3: Isle of Skye. Day 4: Spean Bridge via the Jacobite Steam Train. Day 5 & 6: Isle of Mull. Day 7: Staffa, Fingal's Cave & the Treshnish Isles. Day 8: Glasgow via the West Highland Line. Day 9: Bonus day in Edinburgh.

  5. 48 of The Best Things to Do on the West Coast of Scotland

    Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park: Scotland's first national park is 720 square miles of stunning mountains, glens, lochs, rivers and woodlands. It's a playground for outdoor enthusiasts who head here to hike, cycle, watch wildlife or participate in a number of adventure sports. Argyll Forest Park: Take a walk in the woods in ...

  6. A West Coast of Scotland Road Trip

    A west coast of Scotland road trip itinerary. Stage 1 - Loch Fyne, Cowal and Inveraray. Stage 2 - The Mull of Kintyre and Oban. Stage 3 - Exploring The Isle of Mull. Stage 4 - Remote Ardnamurchan. Stage 5 - The Isle of Skye. This ferry hopping road trip also makes a great extension to the North Coast 500. The North Coast 500 leaves ...

  7. West Coast Scotland Travel Guide

    This is an area of dramatic and unforgettable scenery: wild beaches, mountainscapes, breathtaking sunsets, and of course, iconic islands like the Isle of Skye. There's history too: Eilean Donan Castle is a must-visit on your route west. It's a place to savour a slower pace of life amongst quaint villages like Plockton, Glenelg, and Arisaig.

  8. 2-Week Itinerary for the West Coast of Scotland

    If this is your first trip to the Scottish west coast, I, therefore, recommend spending 2 weeks on this route (13 nights/14 days). This allows you to slow down a little and experience each destination to the fullest. Here is a quick overview of this itinerary: Kintyre Peninsula | 3 nights. Isle of Islay | 2 nights.

  9. Things to Do

    Join a guided wildlife walk, play a round of golf or climb a lighthouse. Take a pony trek across wild moorland or a cruise around the islands. If browsing is your thing, then visit some of the galleries showing work by local artists and craftspeople, or visit our museums to find out more about the history and culture of the area.

  10. A 10-day west Scotland road trip itinerary

    Day 3: Fort William, Glencoe & Glenfinnan Viaduct. Driving time: 1 hour 45 minutes. I'd recommend swinging by Fort William in the morning to stock up on food and supplies… especially midge spray if you're doing your west Scotland road trip in the summer. These little bugs are a nightmare during the warmer months.

  11. The 14 best places to visit in Scotland

    5. Loch Lomond. Best place for a lakeside hike. Despite being less than an hour's drive from the bustle and sprawl of Glasgow, the bonnie braes (banks) of Loch Lomond - immortalized in the words of one of Scotland's best-known songs - comprise one of the most scenic parts of the country.

  12. Best of the West Coast

    Staffa. Located just west of Mull, Staffa is known as Scotland's 'magic isle'. Despite covering less than a quarter of a square mile, Staffa impacts tourists and prominent cultural figures alike, from the artist JMW Turner to composer Mendelssohn. The most awe-inspiring feature of Staffa is certainly Fingals Cave.

  13. Attractions and Places To See In West Scotland

    There are plenty of places to see and visit In West Scotland. Whether you love hiking or cycling, West Scotland is a region where 10 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today. 1. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) 2. Goatfell. 3.

  14. Exciting West Coast Scotland Road Trip

    This guide includes 9 wonderful places to visit - the best of the west. Are you ready for an incredible road trip in West Scotland? This guide includes 9 wonderful places to visit - the best of the west. ...

  15. Explore Scotland's West Highland Way & Beyond

    This unique Scotland itinerary weaves whisky, wildlife, and the West Highland Way into an epic 16-day trip. Kick off with an overnight in Glasgow before spending three days on the scenic trail. After that, you'll join a wildlife cruise, explore the magnificent Isle of Skye, and wander the Culloden.

  16. 10 of the best places to stay on the west coast of Scotland

    The west coast of Scotland encompasses over 500 miles of meandering shoreline from Durness in the north to Stranraer in the south. To drive directly from one of these communities to the other would take considerably less mileage, but the loch-pocketed coastline along the west of the country offers a kind of magic well worth taking the time to admire.

  17. A Foodie's Road Trip on Scotland's West Coast

    Home > Blog > A Foodie's Road Trip on Scotland's West Coast. Absolute Escapes March 27 2019. porterandrye. Porter & Rye. View profile. porterandrye. 1,212 posts · 11K followers. View more on Instagram. 34 likes.

  18. 25 Spectacular Places to Visit in Scotland: "Best sights for tourists

    Majestic castles, UNESCO heritage sites, and tropical-style beaches are only some of the sights that make Scotland such an unforgettable place to visit. This list includes attractions that are ...

  19. 7 Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland, That Kids Will Love

    Greyfriars Bobby. A short walk from the National Museum of Scotland, this sky terrier immortalized in bronze is worth a stop. It stands in loving memory of Bobby, the watchdog of Greyfriars Church in the heart of the city's Old Town. Animal-loving kids will appreciate the city's statue of Bobby the sky terrier. Credit: 2024 Forever Edinburgh.

  20. Local elections live: PM told to 'wake up and smell the coffee' after

    Bear in mind, this takes into account what is going on in Scotland, and is based on how people think they will vote at a general election. Labour sit 20.5 points above the Conservatives - with 43. ...

  21. Tour of famous Moscow Metro. Explore the Underground World! (2 hours

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  22. Moscow to London

    KLM, Air Serbia and four other airlines fly from Moskva Belorusskaia to London Bank DLR every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Moscow Severnye Vorota bus station to London Victoria via Minsk Central Bus Station and Wrocław in around 47h 17m. Airlines. Air Serbia. KLM.

  23. The flag of Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia which I bought there

    Its a city in the Moscow region. As much effort they take in making nice flags, as low is the effort in naming places. The city was founded because they built factories there. One was the Electrometallurgical one.

  24. Labour hails big wins as Sunak holds on to Tees Valley victory

    Polling stations are open between 07:00 and 22:00 BST on election day. If there's a queue, you can still vote as long as you joined it before 22:00. You do not need to take your polling card with ...

  25. Flag map of Post-Taboritsky Russia : r/TNOmod

    The concept of the show is simple! On a massive world map, 61 AI Civilizations see which one can be the last one standing. All Civilizations were chosen by the audience of /r/civbattleroyale and part of the fun is helping narrate the story collectively along with original content and putting your support behind one of the competitors.