Road Tripping Scotland: The Glens

Leaving Skye behind was pretty sad, it had really been everything we’d hoped it would’ve been: incredible natural beauty everywhere you looked, but we had to start our long drive back to Glasgow. But we weren’t done yet, we had a few more sights to see…

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Across the main bridge from Skye is Eilean Donan Castle, near Dornie. It’s easy to see why this is probably the most famous castle in the highlands. Entry fee (£10pp) gets you a nosey round the inside and an audio guide, but to be honest the best views are from the outside. 

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If you head to Dornie and take the sign post for Carr Brae you quickly come across this awesome look out. 

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The castle has been used in tons of films, most notably Highlander and James Bond: The World is not Enough. On the theme of movie back-drops, our next stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct might not be initially as obvious, but the film is pretty famous. 

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This stunning railway bridge is still in use and was used in two Harry Potter films. You may recall the Hogwarts Express chugging along it. It’s a quick 10 minute walk and 5 minute hike up to the best viewpoints. 

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Lastly we reached Glencoe where we were staying for the night. The food at the Glencoe Inn was some of the best on the trip, but the service in the restaurant was dire. From here to the Bridge of Orchy was some of the best driving in the glens you can surely do and there are lots of points to stop off for a stroll. The pictures don’t do it justice.

What a fantastic road trip! We’d highly recommend pretty much all of it, but taking it on with two little ones was definitely a challenge. All in all it went pretty smoothly (apart from when we missed out place home. Arrive in plenty of time people) and we were glad we can still tackle an adventure. 

Until next time…

– MKCW

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