Scotland has been on my must see list for some time now, after reading (cough, cough) the Outlander book series. The Highlands are described so vividly in the books, I knew I had to explore these dramatic and rugged lands myself. And if you know me, you know I love road trips! I discovered I even love road trips when the country’s roads are mostly one lane. 😉
But before the scary driving could begin, I needed to kick off with 24 hours in Edinburgh! Being the capital and historical epicenter of Scotland, I found Edinburgh to be very lively and busy with tourists. It certainly is gorgeous and worth the hype; medieval architecture, quaint shops, great food, pubs and of course the grand castle overlooking the city. I only wish I had given myself more time to explore outside the tourist zone.
For my short visit, I stayed in a HUB Hotel right off the Royal Mile. The room was about the size of a closet but was smartly designed and perfect for one night. Edinburgh is quite compact and walk-able which led to an action packed day of sightseeing. The highlights included Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. Also my first time trying sticky toffee pudding, which might be one of the best desserts of all time!
After a night in Edinburgh, it was time to venture out into the countryside! Picked up the rental car and drove to Inveraray, with it’s stunning castle (which might look familiar from Downton Abbey season 4!) the ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll. I loved this charming little village overlooking Loch Fyne. And to top it off, delicious fresh seafood for dinner!
Just a short drive outside Inveraray, you will reach Kilchurn Castle. Mid morning, the reflections across Loch Awe were beautiful.
Part II will be Glencoe to Isle of Skye!