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Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6XJ, UK
View of Urquart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. Did not see Nessie, but awesome nonetheless!
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Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle, located on a tiny island on Loch Duich, is one of Scotland's most famous castles, and a fun stop for both history buffs and scenic-seekers. I was surprised that even though it is one of the most visited attractions in the...
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The Pends, St Andrews KY16 9QL, UK
Often called, "Scotland's Greatest Cathedral" the now-ruined medieval St. Andrews, overlooking the North Sea in its namesake town, is a splendid sight any time of day or night. However, in my several days of residence in the town made famous by...
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff-top fortress in a truly stunning setting. And just a half hour's drive from Aberdeen, Europe's oil-capital. William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots graced the Castle with their presence....
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Fort William, UK
What was expected to be the low point of a two day getaway at the foot of Ben Nevis turned out to be one of the more beautiful experiences of my life so far. The four hour train ride between Glasgow and Fort William takes you between snow-capped...
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Orkney, UK
The flight into the Orkney Islands was amazing. Many of the neolithic ruins can be seen from the air, dotting the land. I visited several of the sites including Skara Brae, and Maeshowe, but the Ring of Brodgar was the highlight of the sites I...
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Breakish, Isle of Skye IV42 8PY, UK
After days of rain that obscured the landscape of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, I drove across the bridge to the Isle of Skye as the sun broke through and lit the hills with a beauty that made it difficult to focus on steering. Breakish was...
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Great viewing spot....even on grey day in Edinburgh.
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Golspie KW10 6SF, UK
The 13th-century estate, Dunrobin Castle, is beautifully situated above a gracious park with formal gardens, overlooking the North Sea, where fabulous falconry performances are staged daily in the gardens.
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Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
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Grantown on Spey PH26 3HG, UK
Over seven days, you’ll find the food, estate visits, and distillery tours and tastings just as spectacular as the daily hikes, which include Culloden Moor and Cairngorms National Park. From $4,095. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Inverie, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK
You’ll explore the Knoydart Peninsula’s mountain passes and Small Isles on this 42-mile, eight- day guided hike, which includes sampling some of Scotland’s finest cuisine at a boat-in lodge. From $1,796. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Fort William, UK
During a road trip with friends through Scotland, we decided to experience our surroundings from the top of the highest peak in the British Isles, Ben Nevis (4,409 feet, 1,344 m). Located near Fort William, the peaks are conveniently close to a...
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Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry PH16 5LF, UK
Options on the seven-day itinerary include stops at great bird-watching spots, an afternoon in a 5,000-year-old village, and bagging the summit of 2,760-foot Ben Vrackie. From $2,048. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014 issue.
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
On a cold, rainy morning in Sept, 2010 I hiked the 3km from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle. Public transport is available, but you are cheating yourself by not walking. The path to Dunnottar cuts through fields and is well-maintained. As you get...
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Northern Europe
One of my stops when I went backpacking with my sister in June 2012. Scotland was beautiful and friendly, but whether there really is a monster in this lake...we don't know ;)
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Northern Europe
Rarely have I felt as content as I did earlier this year, at a wonderful little retreat in Scotland called The Woodman’s Hut. Located inside popular Cairngorms National Park, it’s the choice accommodation at Lazy Duck Hostel, a farm and lodging...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
We spent the day driving a rough circle along A82 and adjoining roads as we made our way through Glen Coe in the Western Highlands down to Oban. Fans of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" might recall the final scene taking place at this castle....
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Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6XJ, UK
How would a road trip in Scotland be complete without a stop at Urquhart Castle, just outside of Inverness on Loch Ness? During our romp around the castle grounds, I made sure to take a moment to study the waters...only to spot not a monster, but...
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
As we came around the bend on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle majestically came into view. Located on a small tidal island in Loch Duich in the western part of the Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is probably one of...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
A four-storey tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, located about 1.5 miles north east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, seen here from the A828 road mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.
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Marwick Head, Orkney KW17 2NB, UK
After picking up a fantastic batch of fresh haggis to go with our fish and chips in Stromness we made our way north to Marwick Head. Upon reaching Marwick Head - a beautiful tower situated atop impressive cliffs - we walked along the cliff tops in...
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Ben Nevis, Fort William PH33 6SY, UK
Driving south from Inverness to Glasgow last winter, a friend and I decided to stop at the Nevis Range Mountain Resort outside of Fort William. I had been testing out a new camera and wanted to get photos of Scotland's Highlands. I was certainly...
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Fort William, UK
The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig, part of the West Highland Railway Line — probably Britain’s most scenic railway line. The train departs close to Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and passes over the 21 arches of...
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
We arrived at Loch Lomond after a long drive from Edinburgh. The sun was starting to set and storm clouds were rolling in. The blues on the water and in the sky were amazing.
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
Loch Lomond is one of my favourite parts of Scotland. On a sunny day it is perfect for a drive around the water, stopping in at the villages and small towns along the way. Best of all is the climb of Ben Lomond. It may take up to 3 hours to climb...
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20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
A trip to Scotland isn't complete without renting a car and driving on the undersized roads through the countryside. Enjoy the various terrains, small hidden towns, and the numerous lochs along the way. (My family did this going cross-country on...
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8m W of Strathdon on the, A939, Strathdon AB36 8YP, UK
A road trip through the highlands is a must for people who like the color green. Our drive started out dark and rainy, making the drive very serene and placating... but as the day went on, the clouds lifted and the sun broke through! And rainbows...
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Beautiful Scottish scenery captured during return trip from Mallaig, Scotland on board the Jacobite Steam Train.
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Culloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU, UK
This battlefield is worth a visit. The visitors center has a chronological history of events leading up to and the aftermath of the battle. It gives perspective from both sides; the government view as well as the Jacobites. It has guided tours...
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Dunoon, UK
After a short drive from Dunoon, Scotland we found Puck's Glen hike in the Argyll National Forest. Like hiking through a mystical fairyland, the trek was both engaging and just challenging enough for our kids.
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
The castle and its walls were built in the 13th century as a defensive position against the Norse. In the 1700's the castle was destroyed and left in ruins for about 200 years. Restoration began in the early 1900's to serve as a home. Today the...
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Scottish Highlands, Fort Augustus PH32 4BY, UK
Whether you're behind the wheel or on a tour bus, a drive through the Scottish Highlands is the ultimate road trip. In mid-winter, the mountains that enclose the road are still capped with snow, and the clouds that surround them appear nearly...
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Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, UK
This castle is huge and the views are ridiculous. The first records dating the castle are from the 12th century. In 1124, King Alexander I died here. The castle was used by him and his successor as an administrative center as well as a residence...