On Good Friday me and my Dad ventured on our first our first road trip to Scotland for the week. To sum it up, Scotland was STUNNING!
Day 1: London -> York
Instead of doing the drive to Scotland in one go, we decided to break the journey up and stop over near York for our first night. Neither of us had ever been to York so we thought ‘two birds one stone’ we’ll pop in for a couple of hours. We heard it was beautiful and it did live up to the reputation, but, you only need a short amount of time to see everything. A city that is perfect for a day trip. If you do go i recommend popping into Crumbs Cupcakery (yummy) and of course no trip would be complete without seeing York Minster Cathedral! We were not allowed to take photos of the inside as the Good Friday service was on. All i can say is it is the most amazing cathedral i have ever seen, the architecture and decoration was unlike anything i have ever seen.
Instead of staying in York itself we decided to stay the market town of Wetherby just off the A1 in a pub called The Royal Oak. OH MY GOD! The best pub grub i have ever eaten and i am a massive pub grub eater, can’t beat it.
Day 2: York -> Edinburgh
This drive wasn’t the most interesting today i have to admit. As i was looking at the map i thought oh we could stop in Bamburgh to eat our lunch as it was by the coast. I was behind the wheel and as i came over a hill in the road all of a sudden i saw this immense castle. Then it occurred to me…..oh this is Bamburgh Castle! So stupid of me haha. We spent 3 hours in the wind and rain exploring the grounds.
Further north of Bamburgh the scenery of the A1 picks up a bit and you start to feel more and more remote. Again we didn’t stay in the city, but in a village outside. We stayed in Laswade, in a pub called the Laird & Dog Inn. Nice little pub once again with good food and friendly staff (not that my Dad could understand the the accent here). However out night was ruined by a couple of drunk, high, arrogant people who decided that their night didn’t have to end so they would keep everyone in the hotel up. It got so bad they even threatened to punch my Dad when he asked them to quieten down. This was thankfully the only low point of the trip and the rest and every Scottish person we met after this were lovely and helpful.
Day 3: Edinburgh to Drumnadrochit
So this was the day we officially started the Scottish part of our road trip and the reason why we traveled all this way. From the off we were not disappointed by the scenery! We made our way north along the M90 and then the A9 towards the Cairngorms National Park.
We didn’t drive into the depths of the park, instead we turned A880 and then onto A86 towards Fort William. I swear we stopped every 5 minutes to admire the view. The great thing is if you ask a local what to see they know exactly where the good views are. In Roybridge there is a cafe that has all the glacial history of the area and one of the women told us to go down the track road just down from them and to head up to Glen Roy to see the ‘Parallel Roads’. These ‘roads’ are not actually roads but ancient glacial shorelines depicting the different heights of glaciers 11,000 years ago. As a geography graduate i was in awe of them and how they were created by these vast glaciers.
After seeing this impressive view we carried on towards Loch Ness along the A82 towards Inverness. Without realising we cam across a view point of Ben Nevis and man i was taken aback by it’s size!
From here we drove north to Loch Ness trying to stay ahead of the rain clouds and in the sun. To see Loch Ness it is best to stop at Fort Augustus but i warn you it was full of tourists but it is where you can pick up all the boats in search of Nessie. I wasn’t overly impressed by Loch Ness. Don’t get me wrong it is cool to see but that was all it was for me.
From here we drove to our next pub stay in Drumnadrochit just off the A82 near Inverness.
Safe to say it was a busy day!
Next up Day 4-5: Scotland Road Trip: Part 2