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Planning to visit the highlands in August 1st week this year and thinking about a road trip from Manchester to the highlands ( have already visited the lowlands and midlands and was so impressed , planned this ). Any tips , ideas , suggestions on which areas to cover ? Interested in scenic beauty , great food and the usual – cheap b&b’s to stay Smile Was thinking of covering Inverness , loch ness , fort williams , glencoe and some more ….Its a 3/4 days road trip , so suggestions are very welcome ! We dont have a route in mind , so your advise will really help !

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We did a similar road trip one August years ago, it was splendid.

We landed in Glasgow, and having come from the States, made it only as far as Crianlarch before retiring for the night.

What we basically did was head north (Rob Roy’s grave, Glen Coe, Ft William, Inverness), then west to the coast (Plockton, Inverewe Gardens and Applecross Peninsula, up to Ullapool), then east (Nairn, The Whisky Trail, Pitlochry) and down to Stirling, finally finishing in Edinburgh.

Our route is too much for 3-4 days, but might work if you do not go farther north than the Applecross Peninsula, which has breathtaking scenery.

We stopped by one Highland Games gathering and enjoyed it. You might check out this site and see if anything fits in your itinerary: Highland Games Summer 2012

Also, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh will be from 3-27 August. The Fringe runs concurrently with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
We really enjoyed the FF, but just so you know, for this time of year, lodging in Edinburgh can be difficult to come by without booking ahead.

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Thanks for the advise Cil. Skipping Edinburgh this time as we have covered it the last time around. Is there a recommended route from Manchester to Loch Ness? Google states it’s 7 odd hours by road and we would like to make the most of it ! Planning to visit fort William , Glencoe, Isle of Skye and anything else that is recommended… Are there some distalleries on route that you would recommend ? Also is it advisable to stay in a caravan park somewhere near loch ness – make that as a base and travel around ? Or would you recommend we spend some time in Isle of Skye? Also heard there is an excellent train ride on a steam locomotive that meanders it’s way thru glens and lochs all the way to isle of Skye …. Any clues / advise ?
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We liked Ft William, loved Glen Coe. (Glencoe is the village, Glen Coe is the scenic valley. You’ll see both as you travel along.)
We went to the Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry and enjoyed it.
Here is a map of distilleries:
http://www.scotchwhi…
The whole Loch Ness thing is pretty touristy, but Inverness might make a good base.
I saw Skye from a distance while passing through but we never went over there. Looks lovely.

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tell me is this a better idea – stay somewhere in south of loch ness / towards fort williams and make that as a base itself . from there we can go east , west and north – drive around and come back for rest at night ….? Any clues on this village called Gorthleck / Stratherrick? Have identified a scent cottage there , which is working out well for the 5 of us ….

the only thing , hope we are not too much in the back or beyond !

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DHIR wrote:
tell me is this a better idea – stay somewhere in south of loch ness / towards fort williams and make that as a base itself . from there we can go east , west and north – drive around and come back for rest at night ….?

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This might be a good idea. I am not sure how much driving you want to do, how far you want to go for each day trip. We tend to move along for a period of two weeks, staying 2-3 days in each spot—but that’s just us. We rarely drive more than 3 hours per day.
Can’t help you with the villages, sorry.