Scotland is a beautiful country and there’s no better way to experience the country side than by car.
I live in Harrogate and recently my partner and I embarked on a road trip mini-break to Scotland. We set off from Harrogate and headed straight up the M6 towards Glasgow, over the city flyover and on up to Loch Lomond. We had not anticipated just how beautiful the drive up there would be.
Picturesque Loch Lomond
As we drove over the River Tay we suddenly got a glimpse of the loch. Our hotel was situated right on the edge of the Loch and the view was like something out of a movie. Luckily the weather was on our side too so we sipped the local beer and enjoyed the view across the loch. As the evening drew in we headed down to the hotel restaurant where we dined on the local Scottish Salmon which was to die for!
Edinburgh Here We Come
The next morning we got up early and headed along the back roads to the capital city, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Steeped in history and teeming with culture Edinburgh is one of most magical cities around. Whether you are travelling on a shoe string or have budget to spare there is something for everyone.
Things to Do Once You Get To Edinburgh
Edinburgh is packed with activities including:
- The Edinburgh Zoo
- The Edinburgh Castle
- Shopping on Princes Street
- The Royal Mile
- The Edinburgh Dungeon
If the weather is nice then walking up around the side of Edinburgh castle is well worth the trek as the view of Arthurs Seat is beautiful. You can then wander down The Royal Mile and pick up an array of Edinburgh mementos including the world’s smallest bottle of whiskey!
Edinburgh Seafood – Some of the Best in Europe
Not a lot of people know that Edinburgh is famous for its seafood too. More accurately, Leith, a 5 minute drive towards the coast, is a famous seafood port, providing the local restaurants with the freshest catch of the day! We dined on fresh Loch Oysters and for a moment it felt like we could have been on the French Riviera.
The next day we headed back to tranquil Harrogate with great memories of beautiful Scotland. Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh, is a great place for a mini break or a lengthy stay. There is so much to do whether you’re going with friends or family so if you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, whether it is summer or winter, Scotland is a brilliant choice.