An October Road Trip through the Scottish Highlands

If you love the idea of exploring the great outdoors and waking up somewhere different everyday, I can’t recommend taking a road trip across Scotland enough. Having spent several childhood holidays in the very north of the United Kingdom, a road trip is an adventure that had been on my bucket list for some time.

With the pandemic still sweeping the world and travels further afield somewhat on hold, I decided to head up to Glasgow in October 2020 to begin a seven-day escape to the highlands. 

Following a brisk flight and car collection from central Glasgow, our itinerary saw us visit Loch Lomond, Oban, Glencoe, Fort William, Mallaig, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness, before catching a flight out of Inverness.

October has always been my favourite month of the year, and here you can probably see why. The bold oranges, yellows and reds of the falling leaves, the fresh autumn air that holds a slight chill, the damp days that force you to stay indoors with copious cups of coffee, the misty mornings that show the true beauty of a destination unfold. I could go on! Needless to say, Scotland delivers all of this, and so much more.

Whilst most places captured my heart, others didn’t, and it taught me that a road trip can be full of highs and lows. No pun intended.

Unfortunately we weren’t lucky with our time on the Isle of Skye. In just a short 48-hours we experienced gale force winds, car sickness, falling head first into the fairy pools, getting caught out on a hike as darkness fell unexpectedly early, almost running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere, and a rather awkward encounter with our accommodation host that saw me all but pitch a tent in a local’s private garden.

Needless to say I felt desperate to escape the incredibly remote island. I suppose not every adventure can run smoothly…

That said, the lochs had me grinning from ear to ear most days, and nothing could beat those leisurely autumn drives across the peaceful roads which were lined with golden trees, rushing waterfalls and the occasional fuzzy highland cow.

There were certainly many photo opportunities on this trip, too. Next time, and there will be a next time, I plan to visit in December to capture the beautiful country in its peak of a northern winter.

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