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Iconic Scotland Road Trips You Must Take in 2021

Hit the road this year to discover the beauty of Scotland at your own pace. In these days of social distancing, what better way to see Scotland than to get out of the city and journey along one of its iconic routes like the NC500, NE250, or the SWC300?

Get a bespoke itinerary catered to your interests and schedule from local experts who know every turn of the road. Over the years, we have explored these routes, indeed, our travels in these areas began even before there was a catchy name for them. So, sit back and relax, we have done the research for you, taking the time and the stress out of planning your trip.


Commonly known as “Scotland’s Route 66”, the North Coast 500 has quickly become an awe-inspiring, must-do tourist route. Let us plan your journey along this 516-miles long route, starting and ending at Inverness Castle, taking in the beauty and majesty of this Highland coastal route. If you enjoy a whisky, your itinerary could include a trip to the Glenmorangie or Wolfburn distilleries. If beaches are your thing, how about Achmelvich or Balnakiel, or perhaps natural wonders like Smoo Cave or Corrieshalloch Gorge would suit your tastes?

Lesser known, but equally rewarding, is a trip along the North East 250, taking in majestic mountains and stunning coastline, with everything in between in this circuit of Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Your NE250 itinerary could include royal Balmoral Castle or the fairy tale Crathes castle, allowing you find out why this region is called ‘Castle Country’. Maybe you would prefer stops in one of the many picturesque fishing villages like Crovie or Cullen, and no trip along the NE250 would be complete without a visit to one of the Speyside whisky distilleries in the most densely populated whisky region in the world.


The South West Coastal 300 is the new kid on the block when it comes to Scotland’s road trip routes, but this circuit of Dumfries & Galloway and part of Ayrshire is fast becoming a popular choice with visitors. The SWC300 boasts its own historic castles, like Culzean and Caerlaverock. This is also Rabbie Burns country and visits to the Birthplace Museum or his farm at Ellisland could be added to your itinerary, or perhaps the vibrant gardens at Threave or Castle Kennedy would be of more interest. Why not include them all in your travel plans, it is your bespoke itinerary after all!


At Tailor-Made Itineraries we delight in creating bespoke self-guided tours. So, if travelling along any of these captivating routes appeals to you, reach out to us by using the form below and we can start the design process for what will be your best travel investment. If you are not looking for a bespoke service, we have also created a range of Scottish ‘Off-the-Shelf’ Itineraries, and can offer a set 5-day or 10-day itinerary for the NC500.


We look forward to working with you to design the perfect Scottish trip around your travel dreams and wishes. 

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