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Best Fall Road Trips: Exploring Castles in Scotland

Whether you are looking to explore rugged Atlantic coastlines, mysterious ruins, majestic mountains, romantic islands or iconic castles in Scotland, taking a drive across the country’s landscapes is one of the greatest ways to see the diverse scenery and attractions it has to offer. The following are some of the best and most famous road trips in Scotland that are worth the gas, especially this fall:

1. Edinburgh to St. Andrews

Drive across the stunning Fort Road Bridge, which stretches from West Lothian to Fife, and follow the scenic coastal route that leads to the East Nuke. Not far from the bridge, you can spot amazing attractions such as the Craigie’s Farm, Dalmeny Parish Church, Hopetoun House and the Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Center. After leaving the city of Edinburgh, you can stop at some of the enchanting fishing villages such as Pittenween, Elie or Anstruther before heading to St Andrews. Along the way, you can also spot some of the most beautiful castles in Edinburgh such as Lauriston Castle and Dundas Castle.

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One of the most famous castles in Scotland: Edinburgh Castle

2. Traigh Sheileboist at Seilebost

The expansive Outer Hebrides, Isle of Harris’ western coast, is surrounded by attractions such as the Callanish Standing Stones, Neist Point, Calgary Bay, Fingal’s Cave and the Old Man of Storr. The sky is filled with a wide variety of charming birds such as golden eagles, puffins and gannets. If you are planning to stay long in the area, you can find affordable and comfortable accommodation at the Colonsay Hotel, Scarinish Hotel, Caolas Farm House, Lageorna or Kildonan House.

3. Scottish Islands

Driving through the Scottish Highlands gives you the opportunity to see dramatic mountain ranges, amazing wildlife, stunning islands and spectacular street theater. The region houses some of the most impressive castles in the UK such as Inverlochy Castle, Duncraig Castle, Stalker Castle, Tioram Castle and Urquhart Castle, just to mention a few. Parks and reserves such as the Cairngorms National Park, Blackisle Wildlife Park, Landmark Forest Theme Park and the Skye Serpentarium Reptile World are adorned with ancient forests and filled with a wide variety of wildlife. The Cairngorms National Park also offers numerous fall activities for children, teens and even adults.

4. Edinburgh to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Driving along the A198 enables you to enjoy the cool weather and splendid scenery as you pass through cute villages overlooking the North Sea. The best sights that you can see along the way include the Paxton House, Trimontium Heritage Center, Traquair House, Chain Bridge Honey Farm and two of the finest castles in Edinburgh: Tantallon Castle and Dirleton Castle.

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View from Tantallon Castle in Scotland

5. Aberdeen to Elgin

This exciting road trip runs between two of Scotland’s main urban centers and snakes past some of the most extraordinary things that make the country special. For an unforgettable experience, do not take the most direct route. Instead, head west and take the A93, which winds past River Dee and climbs the Grampian Mountains. It also passes next to some thoughtfully placed castles in Aberdeen such as Kildrummy Castle, Tolquhon Castle, Delgatie Castle, Castle Fraser and Craigivar Castle. The impressive historic buildings lined along the route will definitely make your trip more fun.

6. Perthsire to Royal Deeside

Since the route from Pertshire to Royal Deeside comprises of sharp bends, it should be taken at a slower pace to avoid unnecessary accidents and enhance enjoyment of the trip. The hills located on the southeastern corner of the Cairngorms National Park are home to different species of plants and wild animals. Royal Deeside is not only home to some of the oldest castles in the UK but also has several picnic spots and luxurious restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite dishes and drinks before proceeding with your trip.

7. Aberdeen to Orkney

To break the monotony of moving around Aberdeen by car or bus, take a ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney. The extraordinary remains of stone circles, villages and tombs that are dotted around the Orkney Islands say a lot about the region’s religious customs, early civilization and more. Also, expect to see spectacular wildlife, rolling fields, crafts, marvelous shows and a number of castles in Aberdeen such as Slains Castle, Braemar Castle and Crathes Castle.

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Slains Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland

8. Crianlarich to Ballachulish

No road trip through Scotland is complete without driving from Crianlarich to Ballachulish. Follow the West Highland Way and climb up onto the beautiful moon-like landscape of the Great Moor of Rannoch before heading down to Glen Coe, which is considered the most romantic glen in Scotland. Take time to stop and try to spot the many walkers, wild animals and humble villages on the surrounding mountains. It is also worth noting that this route passes near some of the most photographed castles in Scotland such as Loch Dohart Castle.

As always, Auto Europe is here to help take care of all your fall road trip planning needs! With extensive selections of rental cars at affordable prices, and the convenience of our secure, online booking engine, renting a car in Europe has never been easier! Book your Scotland car rental online today, or contact us toll-free 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.

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