7 Amazing Stops on a Road Trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye

2
5888

One of the most beautiful road trips in Scotland you can do is driving from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye.

From the hilly and historical capital, through the scenic Glencoe area and all the way to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Skye.

Discover seven of the most beautiful stops you could enjoy along the way!

1. Calton Hill

As you start your Scotland Travels in Edinburgh, I recommend spending some time on Calton Hill, especially at Sunset. From there you have unobstructed views of the old town, Edinburgh Castle, and the volcanic Arthur's Seat.

As you start your Scotland Travels in Edinburgh, I recommend spending some time on Calton Hill, especially at Sunset.

From there you have unobstructed views of the old town, Edinburgh Castle, and the volcanic Arthur’s Seat. Locals and tourists alike (and wedding photographers) come to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the country.

2. Buachaille Etive Mor

Buachaille Etive Mor - When you reach Glencoe, you will see the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor Mountain from far away (1022m). This is probably the most photographed peak in Scotland because of its wonderful triangular shape.

When you reach Glencoe, you will see the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor Mountain from far away (1022m). This is probably the most photographed peak in Scotland because of its wonderful triangular shape.

As you drive towards it, the excitement builds up, as you know it is the beginning of a scenic valley.

And if you are a James Bond Movie fan, take the dead end road at its foot called Glen Etive, to see some filming locations of the Skyfall movie!

3. Etive Beag

Etive Beag, Scotland - one of the best stops on the drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye is here, with a grandiose view of Glencoe.

Not much further after that is another stop with a grandiose view of Glencoe. I just wish I had had the technology to take a 360° panorama for you.

From there you can see many of the Glencoe summits. It is the departure point for several hikes including Munro Bagging options – like they say in Scotland (meaning climbing peaks over 3000ft-915m).

4. Loch Atriochtan

As you continue your road trip between Edinburgh and Isle of Skye, you drive by other famous stops like the 3 Sisters but I recommend a stop often overlooked, the one near Loch Atriochtan.

As you continue your road trip, you drive by other famous stops like the 3 Sisters but I recommend a stop often overlooked, the one near Loch Atriochtan.

At this point the valley is narrow and the small loch offers a great perspective of the mountain wall.

5. Glen Shiel

Between Glencoe and the Isle of Skye, the main road takes you through Glen Shiel. There the road winds through the valley, following River Shiel and nested between towering mountains.

Further north, between Glencoe and the Isle of Skye, the main road takes you through Glen Shiel. There the road winds through the valley, following River Shiel and nested between towering mountains.

One of its most famous stops is the view of the 5 Sisters of Kintail, a ridge with peaks rising to 3505ft (1068m).

6. Eilean Donan

On the drive to the Isle of Skye is the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Built on an islet from the 13th century, it was protection against the Vikings at the meeting of 3 lochs.

Our last stop before the Isle of Skye is the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Built on an islet from the 13th century, it was protection against the Vikings at the meeting of 3 lochs.

Abandoned in the 18th century, a passionate man restored it in the early 19th century and it can still be visited today.

One of the best views is actually not at the main parking spot but from the other side of the bridge. From there, you can capture the Castle, its bridge and the stunning mountains of Glen Shiel in the background.

7. Old Man of Storr

on the road between Edinburgh and Skye, I recommend driving just a little North of Portree to admire the icon of the Isle of Skye the Old Man of Storr - Scotland

As you arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, you drive on the Skye Bridge to access the Isle of Skye. The road does not stop there though as the island is bigger than you think.

You still have to drive to the main town of Portree. And to finish your 7 stops on the road between Edinburgh and Skye, I recommend driving just a little North of Portree to admire the icon of the Isle of Skye the Old Man of Storr.

Legend says that the 48m (160ft) high pinnacle is the thumb of a giant lying in the Earth.

Planning a road trip in Scotland?

The drive from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye (Portree) will take you 6 hours if driving via the Trossachs and Glencoe and not stopping.

For more ideas about things to do on that road trip, planning information, beautiful photos, and practical maps to help you plan your travels, check out ZigZag On Earth’s eBook: The Road Trip Guide: Edinburgh to Skye.

Accommodation in Scotland

  • Booking.com has over 6,000 properties in Scotland. You get free cancellation on most rooms and a best price guarantee.

Flights to Scotland

  • Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).

Car Rental in Scotland

  • RentalCars.com is the world’s biggest car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Europcar.

Pin to share to Pinterest:

Planning a road trip in Scotland? Check out these 7 amazing places to visit on a road trip from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye

Planning a road trip in Scotland? Check out these 7 amazing places to visit on a road trip from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s massive isn’t it? You can fit the states, china, india and most of Europe into the landmass that is Africa. Looking forward to seeing the coming updates 🙂

  2. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. My grandmother passed away earlier this year, 94 years old. 3 wonderful tips you provided. Be flexible is always preferred. I really like taking a few minutes before reacting.

    Best to you.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here