44. Drive through the Scottish Highlands

Ranked #44 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should state from the start that my husband and all my family are Scottish, but that shouldn’t be seen in any way as inducing favouritism.

When I state that driving in the Highlands is a truly wondrous experience, you can be sure it’s based on the sheer dramatic beauty of the countryside with its soaring mountains and icy dark lochs, the wistfully romantic ruined castles, the heather that casts a vague purple haze over the landscape in spring, and the warm and welcoming small-town pubs.

Less obvious one-track roads will take you to gems like Nairn, Keith and Plockton and through the Cairngorms National Park.

And Speyside, with its Whisky Trail of distilleries, is a must for fans of single malt – but it’s best to do this from the comfort of a bus!


Driving through all that breathtaking scenery and experiencing four seasons in one day really is life affirming.

– Leigh-Ann Pow

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