Scotland was incredible. I didn’t visit any of the bigger and well-known cities like Edinburgh or Glasglow. We road tripped through Scotland from Aberdeen to Inverness then made a loop to Dundee before heading south to London. I spent most of the trip there gawking out of the car window. I couldn’t believe that a place so beautiful wasn’t listed on destination recommendations everywhere.I have so many pictures and experiences I want to share, but I won’t bombard you. Keep reading for my must-see places in the land of rolling hills and sheep.
How to Get Around
My flight from London wasn’t bad at all! British Airways spoiled me, and I was in economy. A hot breakfast of a cheese omelette with toast and a cup of tea (orange juice for me) were all served so nicely. I was thoroughly impressed. And our flight left on time!
Buses aren’t always reliable (or even available) in the smaller towns. If you can rent a car, do it. Driving through Scotland was like driving through a story book. I saw double rainbows, yummy restaurants and the cutest sheep. Cabs are not cheap in Dundee, so watch out for that. Oh, and there’s no Uber in certain spots so watch out for that too.
Fish and chips and mozzarella sticks. Life was great in Scotland.
Where to Go
Inverness was my favourite stop on this road trip. The picturesque town wasn’t too touristy when I went. First line of business after a quick nip into Tesco was visiting the castle, which also happened to double as a beautiful lookout point!
Another gem you need to pop into is Leakey’s Bookshop…it was possibly the cutest place I had ever been to. I was in book heaven. It was dead quiet when I explored the library and I loved it. I wish I bought one of the vintage maps or paintings there (they were over 100 years old!).
We took a quick stroll about the small ‘downtown’ area. There were several restaurants and more historic buildings to ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ over.
Where to stay
Tigh Na Coin Beagan was the most memorable spot I rested my head in in Scotland. The owner was super pleasant and his Scottish Terriers were just as friendly.
The house was located across from a gorgeous loch and decorated in tartan (carpets, pillows etc.). The view outside of my room was stunning. My window looked over the loch Mhor and the rolling hill behind it.
Where to Hike
Ben Nevis and Falls of Foyers were the two places I went hiking in Scotland. It was recommended to us by the owner of Tigh Na Coin Beagan.
Falls of Foyers was an easy hike because I took the ‘easy’ way. Otherwise, it would have been a 2-hour journey to the bottom. I prioritized being able to see Ben Nevis that day instead.
In Ben Nevis, we hiked for almost half an hour which lead to an incredible clearing that faced the falls. I was in absolute awe of its beauty!
Be very careful and wear shoes with intense grip. The trek up was very slippery and wet which I didn’t mind. Sadly my hiking shoes didn’t arrive in time, but these kicks still came through.
Dundee was pretty cool. We swung by the Overgate Centre (which you’ve got to visit, it’s huge) and the high street. I went a bit overboard in M&S, but #YOLO. There was this awesome lookout point too that gave us a view of the city.
I was nearly hit by a few golf balls, but other than that hazard St Andrews was incredible. It was cute hanging at the place Kate and William fell in love. We grabbed fish and chips and ate by the beach. While my chips were nearly stolen by greedy seagulls, I really enjoyed it there. With old boy’s club establishments and grey stone buildings, I felt like I was in Johnny English or a James Bond movie. It seemed like a super luxe spot (for a University town). I’d definitely visit again with more time to explore.
I can’t wait to return to Scotland and tour the northern coast and also hit the bigger cities. Is there anywhere I visited that stood out to you? Comment down below with whether you’d like to visit!