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Finding Nessy and Castles: A Trip Through Scotland’s Highlands

Getting to know the highlands of Scotland is a must if you are on a road trip around the UK. It has so many beauties and unique attractions for you to see and experience. Each town and village has something special waiting for you to discover it.

There are tons of places to visit and many roads for you to take but here is an itinerary that I would recommend. It can be as short or as long as you want it to be. It will all depend on the time you spend in some places and how much you want to see.

From Fort William to Inverness

Fort William is located on the shores of Loch Linnhe, right between Glasgow and Inverness. Here you can get some food, visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle and Neptune’s Staircase. Take your time to enjoy the place and spend at least one night here.

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus Scotland
Photo by: Dave Conner

Then it is time to move on to Inverness. It is located only 68 miles away from Fort William. To get there you should follow the Caledonian Canal north from Fort William on the A82. It will take you to a maritime route. As you drive don’t forget to stop by the Commando Memorial just north of Spean Bridge. It was built in honor of the men of the original British Commando Forces of World War II.

From here you also get amazing views of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.

You should then continue your drive along the banks of Loch Lochy and Loch Oich and stop at Fort Augustus.

Inverness Castle and River Ness Scotland
Photo by: Dave Conner

Then keep driving north and keep your eyes open as soon as you go by Loch Ness, you might be able to catch a glimpse of Nessy, the dinosaur-like mystical creature that is said to live and hide in the lake. To learn more about it stop at the visitor centre.

After you have had fun learning all about Nessy continue north until you reach Inverness. Once you are here drop off your bags at the hotel, take some rest and get ready for the next day because the nearby Cawdor, Urquhart, Brodie and Dunrobin Castles will be waiting for you to explore them.

* This post was done in partnership with Enterprise Rent-a-Car but all opinions are my own.

One thought on “Finding Nessy and Castles: A Trip Through Scotland’s Highlands”

  1. I love Scotland! I still have a ‘Little Book of Nessies’ that my cousins and I drew up when we were kids camping there many years ago! I should try to publish it…!

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