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Scotland Road Trip

Edinburgh - Dundee - Braemar - Aberdeen - Inverness - Gairloch - Kyle of Lochalsh - Armadale - Arrochar - Glasgow - Galashiels

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Landscape Landscape
Security Security
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Historical sites Historical sites
Beach Beach
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Scotland Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages11 km1,465 h/stage2.1

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Scotland Road Trip in Scotland?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 540EUR drive & more 200EUR sleep & more 946EUR eat & more 1,152EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,298EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,838EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 864EUR drive & more 263EUR sleep & more 1,903EUR eat & more 1,728EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,894EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,758EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,512EUR drive & more 363EUR sleep & more 2,695EUR eat & more 2,304EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 5,362EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 6,874EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,700EUR drive & more 400EUR sleep & more 660EUR eat & more 1,152EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,212EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,912EUR
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Scotland Road Trip Itinerary

Embark on a Scotland Road Trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This 12-day adventure begins in Edinburgh and takes you through the spectacular landscapes of Scotland, including Dundee, Aberdeen, Gairloch, Armadale, and Glasgow. Covering a distance of approximately 910 miles, the best time to take this trip is between April and September. You'll have the opportunity to explore historical sites, UNESCO Heritage Monuments, and breathtaking landscapes along the way. The roads in Scotland are in excellent condition, making this road trip suitable for all drivers. However, this journey is not for budget travellers, as it requires a high budget to fully enjoy the experience. With that said, the Scotland Road Trip will provide you with a high level of experience and memories to last a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road!
number of days 12 number of days
route length 1,465 km route length
budget high budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level low accident level

START Edinburgh

Distance 1,470 km Driving time 22.9 h Pace: fast 441.0 kWh Airports EDI
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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a great starting point for the Scotland Road Trip. It is a beautiful city with plenty of attractions, from the iconic Edinburgh Castle, which towers over the skyline, to the many museums, galleries, and theaters that make it a cultural hub. The Old Town is the perfect place to explore cobbled streets, quaint pubs, and hidden alleyways, while the New Town is a must-see for its beautiful Georgian architecture. For those traveling by air, Edinburgh International Airport (IATA code: EDI) is the closest international airport and offers car rental services. Exploring Scotland by car is a great way to experience its stunning landscapes and make sure you don't miss out on any of its hidden gems. Moreover, with Edinburgh being so close to the Highland, you can easily reach the breathtaking Loch Ness and the charming villages of the Scottish Highlands. The Scotland Road Trip starts in Edinburgh and offers countless sights and experiences that will make your journey unforgettable.

1 Edinburgh - St Monans - St Andrews - Dundee

Distance 122 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: modest 31.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip through Scotland's east coast! Starting in Edinburgh, take a drive through the charming towns of St Monans and St Andrews, before arriving in Dundee. With a distance of 76 miles and a driving time of fewer than three hours, you will have plenty of time to explore the area. Along the way, take in the historical sites, some of which are UNESCO Heritage sites. There is so much to see and do in these towns, from picturesque fishing villages to sandy beaches. Make sure to visit the St Monans Windmill and the ruins of St Andrews Castle. If you're feeling adventurous, why not take a boat trip to the Isle of May? There's something for everyone in this part of Scotland, so don't forget to check out the itinerary for this stage for more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites. Enjoy your trip!

2 Dundee - Forfar - Braemar

Distance 106 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: modest 27.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a road trip from Dundee, Scotland, to Braemar and explore the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This 66-mile journey takes less than two hours and passes through Forfar, a charming market town. Start your journey in Dundee, a vibrant city with a rich history. Visit the Verdant Works, the RRS Discovery, and the Dundee Law, all of which offer spectacular views of the city. Continue your journey to Forfar, a small town with plenty of interesting places to explore. Visit the Meffan Institute, the Reid Park, and the Forfar Loch. Here, you can also find the Forfar Loch Nature Reserve, where you can observe a variety of wildlife. Finally, your journey will end in Braemar, a picturesque village surrounded by stunning landscapes. Visit the Braemar Castle, the Linn O'Dee, and the Invercauld Estate. Here, you can also find a variety of historical sites worth exploring. Along the way, take the time to admire the breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy the fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. Don't forget to check the itinerary of this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route.

3 Braemar - Crathes - Stonehaven - Aberdeen

Distance 123 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 37.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip through Scotland and start your journey in Braemar, a charming village situated in the heart of Aberdeenshire. From here, drive 77 miles to Crathes, a picturesque village with a 16th century castle and beautiful gardens. Next, take a short drive to Stonehaven, a historic fishing village with a picturesque harbor. Here you can visit the ruins of Dunnottar Castle, perched atop a rocky outcrop, and the Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum. Finally, make your way to Aberdeen, a vibrant city with a rich history, beautiful architecture, and plenty of shops, restaurants, and attractions. Along the way, take in the stunning Scottish landscape and be sure to keep an eye out for historical sites and picturesque views. This route should take you fewer than 2 hours to complete, but if you have more time, there are plenty of attractions and activities to explore. More information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore Scotland!

4 Aberdeen - Elgin - Inverness

Distance 168 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast 50.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Aberdeen-Elgin-Inverness road trip stage! This exciting journey is 105 miles and takes fewer than 3 hours to complete. Start your journey in Aberdeen, a vibrant city with plenty of attractions to explore. From the historic Marischal College to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, there's something for everyone. Continue your journey to Elgin, a charming town filled with beautiful architecture. Visit the Elgin Cathedral, a stunning ruin from the Middle Ages, or take a stroll through the Elgin Museum to learn about the town's past. Finally, make your way to Inverness, the largest city in the Scottish Highlands. Visit the Inverness Castle, a stunning fortress overlooking the River Ness, or explore the many shops and restaurants in the city centre. As you drive through this scenic route, be sure to take in the picturesque landscapes and historical sites. There's plenty to discover, so take your time and enjoy the journey. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

5 Inverness - Contin - Badcaul - Gairloch

Distance 140 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 41.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a road trip through Scotland's Highlands, starting in Inverness. From there, you'll drive through the picturesque village of Contin, with its old stone houses, and the quaint village of Badcaul, before reaching the coastal town of Gairloch, 87 miles away. With fewer than two hours of driving, you'll be able to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Highlands, and visit some of the most interesting places in the area. In Contin, you can explore the ruins of the 12th century Kildermorie Castle, and the remains of the ancient Pictish fort. In Badcaul, you can visit the Gaelic Chapel, built in 1879, and admire the beautiful stained glass windows. Finally, in Gairloch, you can explore the 19th century Gairloch Heritage Museum, which tells the story of the local area. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the Itinerary of this stage.

6 Gairloch - Achnasheen - Kyle of Lochalsh

Distance 116 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 34.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a captivating road trip through some of Scotland's most breathtaking landscapes. Starting in Gairloch, you will travel through Achnasheen before arriving in Kyle of Lochalsh. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire stunning views of the Scottish Highlands, as well as take in historical sites that will take your breath away. The journey spans 72 miles and should take no more than two hours to complete, allowing you to make the most of your trip. As you travel, make sure to keep an eye out for the amazing attractions along the way. In Gairloch, you can visit the Gairloch Heritage Museum, while Achnasheen has a number of historical sites worth exploring. Finally, in Kyle of Lochalsh, you can take in the beautiful views of the Isle of Skye. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, make sure to check out the Itinerary of this stage. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through Scotland!

7 Kyle of Lochalsh - Isle of Skye - Armadale

Distance 241 km Driving time 3.7 h Pace: fast 72.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip starting in the small village of Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland. The first stop on your journey is the Isle of Skye, a stunningly beautiful island with rolling hills, picturesque landscapes, and a rugged coastline. Here you can explore the dramatic cliffs of the Quiraing, take in the stunning views from the summit of the Old Man of Storr, and admire the beautiful Fairy Pools. From there, you'll continue your journey to Armadale, a small village located on the mainland. Along the way, you'll take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the sea. The total distance of this stage is 150mi and can be driven in fewer than 4 hours. Be sure to take in the picturesque landscapes and stop at the most interesting places along the way. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

8 Armadale - Mallaig - Fort William - Arrochar

Distance 187 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast 56.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip? Starting in Armadale, Scotland, you will embark on a 116 mile journey that will take you through Mallaig, Fort William, and end in Arrochar. This trip will take you less than three hours to complete, and you'll be able to take in some of the most beautiful sights Scotland has to offer. Beginning in Armadale, you will be able to take in the historical sites of the area. Then, you will move onto Mallaig, where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape and take in the sights of the harbor. After that, you will be able to take in the beauty of Fort William, where you can enjoy a walk along the banks of Loch Linnhe. Finally, your journey will end in Arrochar, where you can enjoy the sights of the mountains. With its breathtaking views, this is the perfect place to end your journey. Along the way, you will be able to take in some of the most beautiful sights Scotland has to offer. Make sure to take your time and take in the beauty of each location. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along this route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an unforgettable journey through Scotland!

9 Arrochar - Dumbarton - Glasgow

Distance 67 km Driving time 0.9 h Pace: fast 20.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the beautiful countryside of Scotland, starting in Arrochar, a village in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. From here, make your way to Dumbarton, a town with a rich history, situated on the banks of the River Clyde. A few interesting places to visit here are the ruins of Dumbarton Castle and the Dalreoch Railway Station. From Dumbarton, continue your journey to Glasgow, a vibrant city with plenty of attractions to explore. Some of the must-see places here are the Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis, and the Glasgow Science Centre. The total distance of this road trip is 42mi, and it should take you fewer than 1 hours to get to Glasgow. As you drive, keep an eye out for historical sites and other interesting places along the way. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

10 Glasgow - Carluke - Galashiels

Distance 117 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 35.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip that starts in Glasgow and ends in Galashiels, covering a distance of 73 miles in fewer than 2 hours. This is one of the stages of a larger tour, and you won't be disappointed! Your first stop is Carluke, known for its ancient history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Visit the ruins of the 14th century Carluke Castle, the Carluke Kirk, and the Carluke Heritage Centre. Continue your journey to Galashiels, where you can explore the ruins of the 12th century Galashiels Castle and the 16th century Galashiels Town Hall. Visit the Galashiels Museum and the Galashiels Heritage Centre to learn more about the town's history. For more information about the attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your trip!

11 Galashiels - Melrose - Lauder - Edinburgh

Distance 81 km Driving time 1.2 h Pace: fast 24.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 50mi road trip journey through the historical sites of Scotland. Start in Galashiels, and make your way to Melrose, where you can visit the ruins of the 12th century Melrose Abbey, a UNESCO Heritage Site. From there, continue to Lauder and visit the Lauderdale Aisle, a 15th century tower house. Finally, end your journey in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Along the way, you will find many more historical sites to explore. You can complete this road trip in less than two hours, but take your time and enjoy the journey. Be sure to keep an eye out for more UNESCO Heritage sites along the way. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

  Edinburgh

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The road trip "Scotland Road Trip" would not be complete without a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland. Located in the heart of the country, Edinburgh is a city steeped in history. It's home to a range of historic attractions, from the Old Town to the Edinburgh Castle. The city also offers a number of cultural and recreational activities, from the National Museum of Scotland to the Royal Botanic Garden. For those who are looking to explore the city on foot, a visit to the Royal Mile is a must. Here, visitors can explore a range of shops, restaurants, and attractions, such as the St. Giles' Cathedral. In the evening, visitors can explore a range of pubs and bars, including The Royal Oak and The Abbotsford. If you're looking for a more leisurely experience, then a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden is a must. Here, visitors can explore a range of plants and flowers, as well as take in some beautiful views of the city. For those who are looking to explore further afield, a visit to the Forth Bridge is a must. Here, visitors can explore a range of stunning views over the River Forth. For those who are traveling by air, Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the closest international airport. From here, visitors can explore a range of car hire options to explore the city and beyond. At the end of the Scotland Road Trip, a visit to Edinburgh is a must. Here, visitors can explore a range of historic attractions, cultural activities, and recreational opportunities. Plus, with the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh Airport nearby, visitors can explore the city and beyond with ease.

Scotland Road Trip at a glance

We hope that our journey idea has become a superb inspiration for your future travels.
Our itinerary can be used as a base that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse highlights of your choice.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around Scotland, there are a number of essential road rules to follow and a bunch of things to remember to turn your journey into pleasure. The following road rules will surely become useful for all drivers considering renting a car or renting a camper.
In Scotland, there are a number of traffic rules to be remembered while driving. When moving around Scotland in a car, try avoiding alcoholic beverages. Drivers ought to remember that the amount of alcohol that the driver can consume is extremely low and amounts to only 0.8‰. The speed limit that cannot be exceeded when driving around the urban urban areas is 48km/h. When it comes to non-build-up areas, you should keep in mind that the maximum speed is 96km/h. Avoid exceeding the maximum speed of 112km/h when driving on highways. It is best to equip your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit and drive with your headlights on at daytime to ensure proper safety.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. Depending on the budget option of your choice, the total expenses during the whole itinerary may vary. Let’s have a look at the budget options.
We estimate that the cheapest option when it comes to fuel to cover the planned 12 stages across Scotland can cost approximately 200 EUR. Economy accommodation options can cost holidayers around 946 EUR. Holidaymakers should also take into consideration the fact that they will spend more or less 1,152 EUR for food and restaurants in this option. Travellers will have to pay about 540 EUR if they choose the cheapest car rental offer as well. Thus, going for car rental will increase the costs of the road trip from around 2,298 EUR to roughly 2,838 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 263 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the tour. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should bear in mind that the expenses may amount up to around 1,903 EUR. For food and restaurants within the standard range of services, you will have to pay approximately 1,728 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle should expect a cost of around 864 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay roughly 4,758 EUR for the whole itinerary, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend roughly 3,894 EUR.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will live up to the expectations of the most demanding holidayers. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total approximately 6,874 EUR for holidaymakers who are considering car rental and 3,894 EUR for those who do not need a hire car. Travellers who want to cover the itinerary in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of about 1,512 EUR. When it comes to the premium option of the road trip, you have to spend the maximum of 363 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the tour. Holidaymakers who are interested in top services in all aspects of their trip should expect to pay roughly 2,695 EUR for hotels and approximately 2,304 EUR for food and restaurants.
Scotland Road Trip is also ideal for camper fans. Tourists have to pay roughly 2,700 EUR for camper hire service. Holidayers will spend more or less 400 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. You should expect to pay approximately 1,152 EUR for expenses connected with food and about 660 EUR for accommodation if you are interested in camper hire.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above costs in detail.
The part of Scotland showed in our adventure idea is great to be visited between May and September. There are multiple thrilling adventures that we offer on our website if you like Scotland Road Trip. We hope that the wide spectrum of road trips will surely meet the expectations of the most demanding holidayers.

Facts for safer driving in Scotland

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.8
max speed urban max speed urban 48 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 96 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 112 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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