West Coast of Scotland

This remarkable road trip along the West Coast of Scotland will take you through awe-inspiring landscapes featuring dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains and steep valleys.

West Coast of Scotland Road Trip

This remarkable road trip along the West Coast of Scotland will take you through awe-inspiring landscapes featuring dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains and steep valleys. Along the way, uncover the rich history and heritage of the region, with ancient castles and intriguing historical connections waiting to be explored.

This route is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering opportunities to spot seals, otters, deer, and majestic eagles both in the sea and in the skies above.

Delve into the grandeur of the Highlands and soak in the beauty of Loch Fyne while discovering heritage sites and incredible attractions. Be captivated by the stunning landscapes of the Isle of Skye and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula as you embrace the splendours of this Scottish coastal adventure.

Key destinations and highlights

A road trip along the West Coast of Scotland offers breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, historic sites, and outdoor adventures. Some of the key destinations for your West Coast of Scotland road trip include Oban - Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Isles," Oban is famous for its seafood, particularly its fresh seafood platters.

The dramatic and hauntingly beautiful Glencoe Valley is a must-visit. It's a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Don't forget to learn about the area's history, including the infamous Glencoe Massacre. The outdoor adventure capital of Scotland, Fort William is the gateway to Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. Accessible via the Skye Bridge, this island is a highlight of any Scottish road trip.

Key highlights include the rugged coastline, fairy pools, the Old Man of Storr, and Eilean Donan Castle. Stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct for a chance to see the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the famous arched bridge. The Glenfinnan Monument is also worth visiting.

There are plenty of dramatic viewpoints, hidden gems and great overnight spots to stay in. With some careful planning you can make the most of this road trip.

When to go and how long for?

This road trip spans 6-7 days and takes you along a linear route through the West Coast of Scotland, covering approximately 345 miles (556 km). You'll journey up to Fort William, then west to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, before making your way towards Skye. You should allow a minimum of 6 nights to enjoy the stops on the way. If you can stay 10 nights, you’d get the chance to enjoy a full day at most stops.

The best time for a road trip around the West Coast of Scotland is during the summer months of June to August for the most favourable weather and longer daylight hours. Scotland is known for midges (small biting insects) in the summer months, especially in more rural areas. If you're bothered by insects, you may want to plan your trip to avoid the peak midge season, which is typically from late May to early September.

The shoulder seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) offer milder weather and fewer crowds compared to summer. Spring brings blooming flowers, and autumn offers colourful foliage. These seasons are great for hiking and enjoying the landscapes without the peak-season crowds.

Winter in Scotland can be cold and wet, but it's a magical time to visit if you enjoy a quieter experience however be prepared for shorter days and plan for possible weather-related disruptions. It’s not recommended to travel in the height of winter when snow is on the ground as this may make driving conditions too difficult.

Planning your road trip in advance

Planning ahead is crucial for a successful road trip. It lets you book campgrounds and attractions in advance, ensuring you get the spots you want and can schedule your preferred activities. This avoids the risk of places being full upon arrival.

Mapping out your route helps you find scenic drives and interesting stops, while also making your daily driving more efficient. This means less unnecessary backtracking and long, boring stretches on the road. Planning also helps you budget for food, fuel, and activities, ensuring you stay within your financial limits.

Having a planned itinerary allows you to make the most of your time and avoid rushing through your trip. It minimises wasted time each day and helps you avoid unpleasant surprises like road closures or closed attractions. Researching ahead of time ensures everything you want to visit will be open during your travel dates. And don't forget, when you book your motorhome rental, it's an ideal time to secure your top choices as well. In summary, advance planning reduces stress and lets you maximise your time, budget, and experiences. Being proactive is the best way to create your dream road trip!

The West Coast of Scotland Road Trip Planner

If you are looking for an online ‘guidebook and map’, our road trip guide partner, Uncover Britain Road Trips, provides an online West Coast of Scotland Road Trip plan, that will assist you in embarking on an unforgettable adventure and ensuring you don't miss any of the wonders along this stunning coastal route along the western shoreline of Scotland.

The detailed trip planner maps out 16 destinations, including the magical Isle of Skye. Discover hidden gems, scenic routes and mini itineraries to get the full enjoyment from your West Coast of Scotland experience. Find overnight stay spots to rest with the Overnight Stay map, including 35 campsites and 20+ motorhome stops, including nearly wild spots.

Choose from more than 45 incredible attractions and activities and over 70 places of interest. The Uncover Map showcases scenic viewpoints, iconic ruins, secluded beaches, dramatic coast and ancient land, plus invigorating wild swimming spots.

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