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Scotland trip: my 5 highlights!

Scotland travel my highlights

As a half Scottish I've been to Scotland many times, but it was only the second time in the Scottish Highlands for me. Here you can find my absolutely top 5 for your trip to Scotland:

1. Fort William you can Glen coe and Glen Nevis

Drive to the valley Glencoe

Drive to the Glen Coe valley

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We spent a week in August as a base for day trips in Fort William, A must here are the so-called "Valley of Tears" Glen Coe and the wild and romantic Glen Nevis in the shadow of the highest mountain in Britain, the Ben Nevis. My five must do's in Fort William and environment you find in this post.

2. Isle of Mull

Tobermory on Isle of Mull

Tobermory on Isle of Mull

Ma personal highlight in Scotland! Dramatic landscapes, idyllic holes and adventurous single-track roads paired with pure nature!

The typical tourists set off by ferry Oban out over. Here, however, the ferry comes only every 1-2 hours and is often fully booked in high season. The crossing takes about 45 minutes.

We took the secret way over Lochaline to Fishnish. Already the journey from Fort William out is spectacular. The ferry goes here about every 45 minutes and only takes 20 minutes. We were almost alone here. The landscape is already fantastic at the ferry crossing! And so it goes on the Isle of Mull also directly next.

Beware: except for the road on the east coast, the trails here are very narrow and easy. The so-called single-track roads just. But with sheep and views on every corner!

My Favorite spots are the place Tobermory in the north of the island with its colorful houses and cozy pubs and the Calgary Bay with a beautiful sparkling beach in the midst of green hills.

Cost: small ferry across the Loch Linnhe by Fort William out of about 8 pounds one-way. For the big ferry from Lochaline after Fishnish about 13 pounds one-way. Of course, including the car.

3. Jacobite Steam Train

Glenfinnan Viaduct Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct Scotland

OAlthough of course super touristy, that's it Do something very special with the Steam Train (or also known as the Hogwart's Express) through the unreal landscape of the Highlands and Lochseven if you're not a Harry Potter fan (I'm not;).

Absolutely timely tickets Reserve online! I have tried my luck about six weeks before and have only been for the one-way trip from Fort William after Mallaig Get leftover seats. There are also last-minute tickets locally, but these are very limited and you have to queuing an hour before departure ...

The train goes twice a day in midsummer: once in the morning and in the afternoon with about two hours stay in Mallaig. Unfortunately, we did not get any tickets for the return trip in advance and only luckily four of us (two adults and two children) managed to get some "standing room" (luckily we were able to sit down in the course of the trip).

The highlight of the ride is of course the famous one besides the landscape Glennfinnan viaduct, You almost feel like a star when you rattle on the train and hundreds of people take a picture of it. If you want to have a good view of the bridge from the train, you should go by Fort William coming on the left and from Mallaig from sitting on the right sideas far back as possible.

The goal Mallaig is not really worth seeing, but there are a few pubs and fish and chips shops. Alternatively, you can also go back with the regular ScotRail trains, but be sure to check the times beforehand. We would have had a stay of four hours!

Cost: Approximately 35 pounds for adults (return trip in Standard Class). Children under 3 years pay on parents' lap Nothing and children are reduced.

My advice:

If you can not get hold of tickets, you can join the viaduct Glennfinnan Of course, look at it. It's best to drive up to the ScotRail Glennfinnan and runs from here to the bridge. By car you can hardly find a parking space! The best time is, at least in midsummer, against 15. Then you get twice the opportunity to make the best shot. But here you can check the train journey time again!

4. Eilean Donan Castle & the hippie fishing village Plockton

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Ein definitely MUST with every Scotland trip! In an exposed position just before the Isle of Skye, you can see this defiant castle from afar. There is a large, free car park. The entrance to the castle costs about 8 pounds, but is really worthwhile. Otherwise, you can walk around a bit to get different views of the castle. The mountain scenery in the background gives the castle its mystical aura!

Only 20 drive further you will find my personal favorite spot in the Scottish Highlands! About a nice single track it goes a bit north of the Castles to the sea Plockton. For me a totally cute hippie fishing village with maritime flair and palm trees!

A couple of cute little houses line up next to the water, there are a few small shops and my favorite café, the Gun ainm, In good weather, there is even a beach bar and boat tours. A really relaxed spot in the middle of the Scottish Highlands!

5. Falkirk Wheel & The Kelpies

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

Aon the way to Edinburgh (for example, before flying back), you should definitely still The Kelpies and how to keep it Falkirk Wheel look at. These are only about 10 minutes away from each other by car. Theoretically one could of the Kelpies also along the canal to Wheel walk. Since it was raining with us and we did not have that much time, that was not an option.

The parking costs three pounds, which I think is perfectly okay. Both attractions are otherwise free. The Kelpies I was really impressed and really liked it. There are also guided tours that lead into the interior of the horses. All in all really worth seeing.

You should spend a little more time, especially with children Falkirk Wheel plan on. In principle, this is a hyper-modern lock system. You can even with a guided boat tour yourself from bottom to top and vice versa "shoveled". The tour lasts about 40 minutes. Really very cool. The whole area is like a small amusement park: there are trampolines, segways, roundboats, street boats and a large playground! Here you can easily spend half a day.

What is an absolute must for you on a trip to Scotland? I'm looking forward to your tips! Maybe you are intimidating yourself for one Scotland travel with children!

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4 comments

  1. Olivia Schacke sagt

    Hallo,
    I read the report very interested. Also we have been 2 × in Scotland (2016 and 2018) and have visited exactly these targets except for Mull. 2016 we were in Edinburgh in Camera Obscura. That was an experience for the kids (then 13 and 8). I fell in love with the country and people, and I was "flashed" by the landscape every time. We will definitely be back on holiday in Scotland as there is still much to discover.
    It greets family Schacke

    • favorite spot sagt

      Dear Olivia, Thank you for your nice comment. I have to say, apart from the weather, we really had a great time with the kids in Scotland! And there is still so much to see ..!
      Greetings, Tatiana

  2. Oh there are some things I have to look at next time. I was also in Scotland but around the Caledonian Canal, Ben Nevis and Isle of Skye. The time was not enough for more. Drum again soon. Nice suggestions, gladly read.

    • favorite spot sagt

      Dear Marion, Thanks for your kind comment :) This was my second time in the Scottish Highlands (the first time being Inverness & Loch Ness) and there is still so much to see. Even as a half-Scottish is still a lot on my bucket list, as we were always "only" in the Scottish Boarders as children. Best regards, Tatiana

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