We drove from Loch Ness to Edinburgh, driving through Cairngorms National Park with a stop in Carrbridge along the way. We stayed overnight in Edinburgh, soaking in the sights and sounds of this

Loch Ness

Photo of a loch and small islands shrouded in mist below mountains on a cloudy day

As a child, I was fascinated by the Loch Ness monster. Today I made a lifelong dream come true. We drove from Skye to Plockton, then along the Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit. I didn’t see the fabled monster, but we enjoyed the Highlands and the Uruquart castles and stayed overnight on a boat on the famous loch.

A Full Day on the Isle of Skye

Photo of a sheep grazing on a hill next to the sea and cliffs

We had a full day of sight-seeing planned for Isle of Skye. We visited the Fairy Pools, the Cuillin, Dunvegan Castle, the famous Talisker Distillery for a scotch tour, and the Neist Point Lighthouse for the quintessential Isle of Skye shot. In the evening, we enjoyed Irish music at the Pier Hotel, singing along with the locals!


Photo of a path through three tall, round hills covered in green grass on a cloudy day

We began our road trip through the Scottish Highlands with a drive from Glasgow to Glen Coe. Our plan for the day was to visit Castle Stalker, the Three Sisters mountains, and stay overnight in a pub built in the 16th century – the Clachaig Inn!


Photo of a person reading a book and drinking a pint with a small dog on their lap

We took a red eye flight from Halifax to Glasgow, landing in Scotland at 9:00 in the morning. We had the whole day to ourselves to explore the city on foot and by bus, staying in the West End of the city.