Lose yourself in the Scottish Highlands
Finnish photographer Suvi Höydén takes a road trip through the glens and lochs of Scotland.
My boyfriend and I decided that we needed a little getaway and picked Scotland for our long weekend break. For the trip, we packed our tent and outdoor kit along with our sense of adventure.
We flew to Edinburgh, where we picked up our hire car. On the first day, we drove all the way to Arisaig on the west coast across spectacular scenery. Our flight landed on Thursday morning, so we had all day to explore. The following day, we continued our journey by ferry to the Isle of Skye. The two days we spent there were enough to discover some of the most amazing places. We went by car, but I would highly recommend a bit of hiking. Due to constant rain on the third day, we decided to head inland towards the Cairngorms National Park. From there, we slowly made our way back south to Edinburgh before flying home. We drove approximately 300 kilometres each day and, apart from our final night, doggedly stuck to our plan of sleeping in the tent. During our stay, it rained every day. But it’s not the weather, it’s more about the kit you use.
When you’re visiting Scotland, it’s a good idea to bear in mind that you drive on the left, the weather can be erratic, and because of the stunning scenery, it might take you quite a while to get from A to B. During the high season, I would recommend booking your accommodation in advance if you plan to visit more remote areas. You should definitely bring warm clothes and waterproofs because Scotland is windy and rainy all year round. You’re free to camp almost anywhere, as long as you respect people’s privacy. Many of the most scenic spots are close to the road, but if you’re keen, Scotland is also a great place to do some hill walking.
Without a doubt, the best thing about Scotland is the views. The mountains are truly majestic, and they are everywhere. You never get bored behind the wheel as there is always something new and wonderful to look at. For history buffs, Scotland has a wealth of castles to visit and a glut of stories to read. Scotland is the perfect destination for a weekend break.
Our itinerary: Edinburgh – Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park – Glencoe – Fort William – Arisaig – Mallaig – Isle of Skye by ferry – Portree – Quiraing – Neist Point – Glenn Brittle – Eilean Donan Castle – Loch Ness – Inverness – Cairngorms National Park – Braemar – Edinburgh