The Best Drives in Scotland
Highland Road Trips
There’s nowhere quite like Scotland. Spectacular beaches, magnificent mountains, glittering lochs and fairy-tale castles. Therefore, you need to find a special way for touring our country! Here we introduce you to some of the best drives in Scotland, including the stunning North Coast 500.
Touring the Scottish Highlands by car, motorcycle, or even by bike, is the ultimate experience to take in as many wonders as possible. Popular for classic car tours, cyclists and adventure seekers. There are several breath-taking routes, all which start at Inverness. And where better to start or finish your journey than with us at The Kingsmills Hotel?
Whether you are touring Scotland by car for one week, a few days or more, we will help get you off to the perfect start, and finish, for your Scotland driving tour. Our luxurious Inverness Hotel is perfectly located to explore the Moray Firth Route, Highland Tourist Route and the North Coast 500 route. Ideally located in the heart of Inverness, where your adventure begins and ends!
NORTH COAST 500 ROUTE (500 MILE ROUND TRIP)
We are also proud business partners of the North Coast 500. Dubbed as “Scotland’s answer to Route 66” the NC500 is a scenic Scotland road trip. It showcases the very best of the Highlands. The circular route starts in Inverness and heads west towards the coast, before taking you to some spectacular sites, cliff tops and beaches to rival the Caribbean along the most northern road in Scotland. Follow the route in a clockwise clock-wise direction, all the way along the East, North then West Scottish coastlines. Touring Scotland by car has never been so beautiful. Driving through Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and Caithness, taking in spectacular scenery and historic landmarks along the way. The NC500 has been named as one of the Top 5 Coastal Routes in the world. In fact, we believe it to be the most awe-inspiring journey on earth! So, pack your bags, dig out the binoculars and get your camera at the ready. The North Coast 500 is at your fingertips, with a website of road trip itineraries, packed with must-see locations and things to do along the way.
THE HIGHLAND TOURIST ROUTE (116 MILES)
The Highland Tourist Route from Inverness to Aberdeen, or vice-versa, offers a shorter Scotland road trip for a scenic Highland journey between these two great Scottish cities. The route from Inverness heads east past the Cairngorms National Park, through Speyside and towards Aberdeen. An ideal trip for nature, history and whisky lovers alike. This tour guides you through beautiful Highland landscapes, past several famous historic sites. It passes Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle, and follows the Whisky trail – through Speyside “The Land Of Whisky” and home to about half of Scotland’s whisky distilleries!
THE MORAY FIRTH TOURIST ROUTE (80 MILES)
The Moray Firth Route is a beautiful driving route around the Beauly, Cromarty and Dornoch Firths. It begins in Inverness and goes north on a scenic route through the wild, untouched landscapes of the north Highlands, towards Loch Fleet. Packed with ancient monuments and visitor attractions for you to discover, plus the stunning nature and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands at every twist and turn in the road. It’s a relatively short route, so you can take your time and explore every stop along the way.
ROAD TRIP ACCOMMODATION IN INVERNESS
Looking for a place to stay in Inverness before your start your Highland road trip? Join us for luxury overnight accommodation at the Kingsmills Hotel. We are perfectly located at the start of the North Coast 500, the Highland Tourist Route and the Moray Firth Route. What’s more, our superb concierge team is always on hand to answer your travel questions and help you plan your perfect route.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your motor running and head out on the open road to Scotland.
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