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Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

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Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Hello, my husband and I are visiting Scotland in August, we will spend two nights around Inverness (exploring ancestory roots). We are then going to do a road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh (for the Military Tatoo), with an overnight stop on the way. The route doesn't have to be a direct route to Edinburgh. We are not sure which direction to head, south east via Aberdeen, south west to Fort William, south? Does anyone have any suggestions? We are first time visitors to Scotland, we like visiting historic and scenic places (which are all over Scotland I realise, which is why it is hard to decide).We only have 3.5 days all up from the time we arrive in Inverness until we get to Edinburgh so will we have to return for another visit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

You are spoiled for choice... I'd say head down the Great Glen via Fort William, and go through Glencoe. Stay somewhere in the Loch Lomond / Trossachs area.

Or... stop in Dunkeld for the night. Too many choices to list them all.

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2. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Travel to Skye by the road bridge, stay overnight, travel to Edinburgh via the ferry to Mallaig - the route from Mallaig to Fort William is magnificent

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3. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Thank you very much for your suggestions! Gives us more direction now, we will have a look at both options and decide from there.

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4. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

If one prefers to drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in one day, can it be done, with say a stop for lunch and a stop at Drummond Gardens...arriving late afternoon in Edinburgh?

We are landing Glasgow, spending one night, then on to Oban spending two nights and Inverness spending three nights. So the trip is really about getting back to Edinburgh more than it is taking in more scenery, to allow more time for all that Edinburgh has to offer...there are 24 of us who will be traveling by coach.

Thanks for your replies!

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5. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Of course it can be done. It's about three and a half hours without stops in a cars. You'll want to add on a bit as coaches are slower that cars and you need lunch and you might hit a traffic hold up.

The House of Bruar north of Pitlochry's a good place to stop for tea/lunch/toilet/shopping etc with a large group.

Drummond Castle gardens is a good option but no facilities here for tea/coffee etc.

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6. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Wow. My partner thought I had written this question.

We will also be new travelle rs to Scotland but will be visiting next August 2012. We are looking to travel from Edinburgh up thru Aberdeen to Turriff (family history here) and then are looking to go across to Inverness, Oban (family history) and then make our way back to Edinburgh for the military Tattoo.

Will be very interested to follow this post and if anyone has info about those other areas it would be very much appreciated.

Cheers

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7. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

I am also visiting Turriff to see family! WE will one trip starting with Inverness down to Fort William to Islay (family connections)

Next trip will be to Oban and back through Stirling and Fife. Will let you know how it goes.

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8. Re: Suggestions for road trip from Inverness to Edinburgh

Ellen, when are you heading over?

Turriff, wow that's amazing.

Will be great to hear about your adventures.

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