Drive through: Scotland

Driving in unknown territory with unfamiliar traffic rules can be quite daunting.

Thus, we usually avoid driving in countries with left hand drive cars – simply because the last thing you want on holiday is to drive into oncoming traffic, deal with the authorities in a foreign country, or worse, get into an accident and end up in hospital.

So since we share similar traffic rules and regulations as the United Kingdom (UK), we decided to drive through the Scottish Highlands and slowly make our way down to Edinburgh in Scotland during a trip there late last year.

We aren’t big fans of organised tours, so this worked well – the freedom of stopping and driving off the beaten tourist track.

The initial plan was to take turns to drive, but the car rental company had some issues with the husband’s driving license (an older version of the Malaysian driver’s licence). This meant, the driving was all mine.

I didn’t complain too much as we got a nice upgrade – a Toyota Auris which was comfortable, long but easy to manoeuvre, and equipped with all the warning systems (including speed trap warnings).

It had a really good navigation system to boot.

Driving through Scotland was a pleasant experience, though those who aren’t used to single lane trunk roads might find over-taking along single narrow lanes a little daunting. But I personally preferred this to the chaos, traffic and headache of looking for an parking spot in the bigger towns and cities like Edinburgh (easier to just rely on public transport or walk in these places).

My main issue was a yammering back-seat driver!🤪

People generally keep to the speed limit – especially near towns and villages, but you do have your fair share of tailgaters and dangerous drivers (overtaking despite oncoming traffic) – especially along the more remote stretches which are likely not monitored by the authorities.

There are a number of sightseeing spots or stops along the way if you need to stretch and take a breather. But, toilet breaks are restricted to towns and villages.

It took us about eight hours to get to Edinburgh from Inverness (with several stops and detours along the way).

I’ll let the pictures we took along the way speak for themselves here.

The scenery near the Mill of Kellas in the village of Kellas in Elgin, Scotland.
Scenery at the Village of Kellas, Elgin
A small country road leading to farms and mills, Kellas, Elgin.
The lake in front of the Elgin Library
Urquhart Castle, Inverness on a cold and misty morning
The kind of scenery you will sell along roads in rural Scotland
This post office in Inverness also doubles up as a provision store and cafe
Scenes on a cool misty morning
Rainbow on a dewy and wet morning, Inverness
Scenes in Port Augustus
The Locks in Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Not sure what is loaded on these trucks but it did cause a little congestion that was managed quite well by the police though.

Invergarry, Scotland
Spean Bridge, Scotland
Spean Bridge, Scotland
Thankful for this reliable navigation system in our rented Toyota Auris
Fort William – Glen Nevis, Scotland
Spean Bridge, Scotland
Roybridge – Tulloch, Scotland

Sites and scenes along the route to Edinburgh
Arrived in Edinburgh to a beautiful sunset over the city

The steep streets, roads and alleys of Edinburgh
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Fort Augustus, Scotland
Not sure what is loaded on these trucks but it did cause a little congestion that was managed quite well by the police though.

Invergarry, Scotland
Spean Bridge, Scotland
Spean Bridge, Scotland
Thankful for this reliable navigation system in our rented Toyota Auris

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Choi says:

    Skies are so beautiful!!

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    1. Yes, and those pictures were taken on a gloomy day … so can imagine how much better it will look on a clear one 😊

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  2. wattwherehow says:

    We found it stunning but a little unnerving at times – particularly in areas with single lane roads like the islands. Lovely pictures.

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    1. Thank you😊 … yes the single lane roads are unnerving but that’s were the best scenery is isn’t it? 😄

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