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It’s the perfect place for a hike in the rough countryside and to enjoy Scottish hospitality and, off course, whiskey (though only after safely arriving at your destination).
As you make your way from bustling Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, the strong autumn gusts seem to turn into a bagpipe skirl. Although the more likely explanation is that you probably passed by a small cottage where someone was practising.
Stay — Barcaldine Castle in Oban
“We fight only and alone for freedom” — Robert the Bruce
Caledonia is covered with large estates and ancient castles, so for the full experience opt to sleep on the shores of Loch Creran with breath-taking views. A warm welcome awaits you in the beautiful surroundings of Argyll’s only ancient castle. Built in 1609 by “Black” Duncan Campbell and restored in 1897, Barcaldine Castle offers both the tranquillity and charm of the Scottish countryside.
Eat — Scorrybreac in Portree
Scorrybreac is set above the harbour in Portree, Isle of Skye. Chef Calum Munro aims to seek the finest local, seasonal produce, delivering modern Scottish cuisine, with French influences. The name 'scorrybreac' translates as 'speckled rock', perfectly depicting the dark, stoney cliffs surrounding the bay upon which the restaurant rests.
Skye's fascinating, rugged landscape supplies the restaurant with a variety of irresistible products, including wild venison, fresh seafood from local fishermen and locally foraged plants and shoreline sea vegetables, to name just a few of the highlights.
Do — Watch a game of rugby in Edinburgh
Rugby is a game full of tradition and played with enormous respect towards opponents and the referee. Scotland has a rich rugby culture and its national team is part of the Six Nations, the most prestigious tournament of the northern hemisphere. Home of the Brave is Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. When the national team isn’t playing, Murrayfield is home to Edinburgh Rugby, one of Scotland's top teams playing in the Guinness PRO14 and European Challenge Cup. Tickets are readily available and the atmosphere in the stadium is phenomenal. A place where you can enjoy a beer and laugh all in perfect harmony with the fans of the opposing team.
Hidden gem — Oyster shed & Talisker Distillery
When you arrive on the Isle of Skye make sure to visit Talisker Distillery. The oldest working distillery on the island, set on the edge of Loch Harport with great views of the Cuillins. After your visit, all you have to do is drive a little further up the hill behind the distillery to visit the Oyster Shed. A location a bit more removed, they serve a wide array of seafood, freshly prepared while you wait. Oysters, crab, shellfish, coquilles, all you could wish for. All of the highest quality. All great pairings with the peaty whiskey.
See: Neptune’s staircase & The Old Man of Storr
Set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, Neptune’s Staircase is a dramatic flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. A feat of engineering, it raises the canal by 19m over 400 meters and it takes boats around 90 minutes to travel up or down the locks. Built by engineer Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.
Climbing up to see the Old Man of Storr is a famous walk on the Isle of Skye, and witnessing the results of a massive ancient landslide are well worth the trip. The Storr is part of the Trotternish ridge. Leaving the car at the bottom of the mountain you follow the same way up to the Storr and down again.
Listen — Scottish journey playlist
We know how important it is to have some solid music playing in the car during this epic Journey. That’s why all of our Journeys come with a dedicated playlist to tune into while driving. Of course you can also tune into our Podcast for a more serious note.