After our time in Edinburgh, we traveled by car into the Highlands where we spent the majority of our time. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this region, particularly in the fall. A colorful array of leaves were on display around every corner. By renting a car, we were able to have maximum flexibility in touring the Highlands (read: stopping for photo opps). I’ve shared our itinerary below which was heavily based on Rick Steve’s 10-day driving tour. With the exception of Iona (the ferry wasn’t running the day we planned to go because of choppy water), we visited each of these places that are all worth seeing. Our time in Isle of Skye felt rushed, and I would recommend adding on a few more days in order to see more of the beautiful countryside.
We passed a hairy coo (aka Highland Cattle) on our drive, and I jumped out of the car to snap a photo. These guys are native only to Scotland.
Taking in the scenery at Glencoe Pass en route to Oban.
Exploring nearby Easdale during our stay in Oban.
Found these friends along the side of the road. Luckily they were behind a fence.
Views of Eilean Donan Castle. We opted not to take a tour because we had toured Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, both of which I recommend.
Brisk morning in Portree
The idyllic little town of Portree in Isle of Skye. I recommend staying here if you plan to travel around Skye. It is a quaint village with wonderful restaurants and coffee shops.
Kilt Rock in Isle of Skye
A common occurrence while driving around Skye
I was thrilled to have found this vintage Aran knit sweater from a store in Edinburgh – these are hard to come by in the US. Aran Knitwear was initially knitted to keep families from local fishing communities warm while at sea. The craftsmanship is impeccable, and it definitely keeps you warm.
Countryside near Inverness
I spotted these light pink berries on our stop in Pitolchry.
University of Glasgow
We stayed at the lovely Sherbrooke Castle hotel during our time in Glasgow. It is quick train ride into the heart of Glasgow.