The red roofed cottage on the edge of Loch Shieldaig credit: Kenny Lam / VisitScotland
Glen Docherty looking towards Loch Maree
The Torridon Hills at Upper Loch Torridon credit: Kenny Lam / VisitScotland
The North Coast 500 is a classic drive starting and finishing in Inverness, most of it follows the wild North West coast of Scotland and is about 500 miles in length. The route marked in blue below.
I think the best way to do this is fly into Glasgow, travel north to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, then travel via the North Coast 500 route from Applecross and finishing in Inverness. Then finish off with a whisky tour of Speyside
Glenfinnan Viaduct / photo credit: Glenn Kilpatrick
Pubs and B&Bs
ah yes !
I would prefer to to visit the smaller and independent distilleries, (listed here) they are also indicated by the yellow dots on the map above.
There are 128 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, but I have trimmed the list to 42 smaller and independent ones I’d like to visit
Other references :
A bit more about Scottish Whisky
Whisky regions of Scotland
Note : there is a very short tourist season – Hotels, restaurants, and tour companies have a short two-month season in which to make their hay. It’s deadly quiet even in early June or early September.
The Geiranger Fjord Cruise & Flam Railway
The only disadvantage of this is that only 2 days are spent on the boat, incliding one night at sea, so you miss some of the scenery,
Bergen to Flam by rail
Then Flam to Bergen by regular ferry
Here is another great Cruise – Hurtigruten Classic Round Trip Voyage
12 days there and back, or 6-7 days one way
Ride the subway to the top of its Akers River Valley and stroll downhill through a long riverside park — once the city’s churning industrial zone, with factories belching and waterwheels spinning.
The Akers River, though only about five miles long, powered Oslo’s early industry: flour mills in the 1300s, sawmills in the 1500s, and Norway’s Industrial Revolution in the 1800s.
Cafes & Restaurants