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Trip Report Scotland in 18 nights, smirr and sun and mud!

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Please bear with me, this is my first crack at a trip report. I’ve had such wonderful information and advice from the Fodor’s community, I’m going to attempt to return the favour. I hope that I can give something useful back. Janisj and Gardyloo, if you check in here, thanks so much for very generously sharing your knowledge.

This was a trip to the Highlands, D&G, and Glasgow. I planned the route and made all reservations ahead of time. It worked out fairly well, but it was a lot of driving, much of it on single track roads. We could have used more time in every single location we stayed at. We did make sure to stop and take pictures or get out of the car and admire the view whenever we wanted, sometimes every few feet, as we were determined not to see Scotland through the car windows. Our next trip to Scotland will be more concentrated in one area.

We, myself and my travelling partner, driver, and DH, Jon, flew directly from Toronto to Glasgow, and we were on our way just after 1:00 pm.

We took the Clyde Tunnel towards Loch Lomond along the West side of the Loch. When it wasn’t raining, the views of the hills to the east were great. The hills became bigger, and the road windier the further north we went
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Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Jon to reacquaint himself with driving on the left. He never once forgot what lane he was in (yeah), and we were only beeped at twice during the entire trip for slow driving, so all in all, a successful driving experience!

At the top of Loch Lomond, we headed East, climbing the Cairngorms. We made a quick visit to the very scenic Falls of Dochart. Jon did his best to avoid the hordes of bus trippers wandering all over the bridge in the rain. It was a great test of his driving skills right out of the gate. He did all the driving and I was the navigator using our trusty paper map. It worked out well, except for the few days I was carsick due to the up and down and twisty roads, then he did double duty.

We made no other stops on our way to Aberfeldy, about 100 miles. Our B&B was great, and we had a very nice dinner at Three Lemons, and an early night.

It was, in retrospect, too much driving on the day we arrived. Jon is used to driving on arrival day, but this was a bit ambitious, even for him. We planned this as a driving trip, and the first night was just a waypoint, but once we got underway, there were things it would have been nice to see and do on the way to Aberfeldy, and to explore the town, if we had the time. Actually that became my refrain throughout the trip: “I wish we had more time to……”

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