Our UK road trip continued north to Glasgow where we made a quick stop to explore the city. It is a lot nicer than we had anticipated and a lot less industrial than its reputation. We enjoyed a day touring the city centre’s old buildings, shopping and eating a traditional glaswegian curry. It was a brief visit but we were glad we went.
The next stop was our highlands base in Nairn, not far from Inverness. We had one day just the two of us, which we used exploring the Black Isle to the north of Inverness, before we met our friend Bec for some joint adventures. As a trio, we did some serious miles, taking our first day together to drive across Scotland to the very picturesque Isle of Skye. We were very lucky to see Eilean Donan Castle, some rapids, waterfalls, bridges and grassy hills in the sunshine. Still no rain in sight!
Needing a day off from long drives we headed for Inverness to do some exploring of the old city and then onto Tomatin whisky distillery. We all took the distillery tour, learning all there is to know about the distilling and whisky making process. Adam and Bec then enjoyed sampling many glasses of the produce and Elle got to be designated driver…Some fared better than others in that deal. Last sight for the day was the Culloden battlefield where the rain and wind finally caught up with us.
Another day, another epic drive, this time down to Glencoe via Loch Ness (couldn’t see Nessie out and about), Fort Augustus and Fort William. Despite the near constant rain we squeezed in a tour of Uruquart castle and a quick loop walk around a loch in Glencoe before the rain recommenced. Lucky the scenery from the car window made it worth the drive, along with a hard earned pint and some hot chips in a pub on the way home.
Our highland exploring done, we journeyed on to Edinburgh—it’s a very beautiful city so it’s easy to see why it overshadows Glasgow. We had an excellent Airbnb and were able to walk in to see the Royal Mile, walk up towards Arthur’s seat for some great views of the city, and join a walking tour of the old city complete with old tales and Harry Potter references—references Adam and Elle didn’t get. After a last minute deep fried mars bar and a hair cut, it was time to farewell Edinburgh and brave a Ryanair flight destined for Ireland.