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Loch Ness to Glasgow


The last 3 days of the Scotland itinerary are spent driving south, eventually arriving in Glasgow (or Edinburgh). Like all places in Scotland, the drive is great. Although the big highlight of the final stage is the Cairngorms National Park.

In the winter you can actually go skiing in the Cairngorms as it is home to many of the highest passes in Scotland. We passed six different ski resorts on our trip.

Bridges of the Scottish Highlands

The best is the Cairngorms ski resort, where you can actually camp overnight in the parking lot. From there you have unobstructed views overlooking the surrounding forest for miles.

They also have a cafe/restaurant at the top of the mountain where you can come hiking when the snow is still falling. From here, you can choose any route you like. We made a special stop at Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s royal residence in Scotland.

The Bothy Café in Braemar, Scotland

and Braemar Castle, which is less grand, but still impressive. The last place I recommend is the town of BMW. It is small but very charming. We loved the Bothy Cafe and the view of the town from the balcony at the back.

If you have time before returning to Glasgow, you can stop in cities like Perth and Stirling. The latter is home to Stirling Castle, one of the best preserved and oldest castles in Scotland.


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