Lonely Planet reveals greatest Scotland highway journey routes

An influential travel guide has just revealed its top pick for a road trip in Scotland as part of an exciting new guidebook.

Lonely Planet revealed its top six recommended road trips for exploring Great Britain, published in its book – Great Britain’s Best Trips.

The leading global travel authority has selected six (one for each region) out of the 36 routes listed, which best represent the rich and diverse natural, cultural and historic attractions available to Brits planning their staycations this year.

And the top pick for Scotland is not as obvious you might think (hint: it’s not the NC500 ).

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Lonely Planet say Great Britain’s Best Trips is a one-stop-shop, comprehensive guide of 36 road trip routes, ranging from four days to three-weeks, leading from one memorable experience to the next, combining iconic tourist attractions with lesser-known gems.

They added that it is Ideal for the beginner road tripper seeking inspiration and for those wanting to delve into the detail to plan the perfect road trip.

Out of the eight road trip routes recommended to explore Scotland, the Ferry Hopping route from Glasgow to Tobermory has ranked as number one in the country, thanks to the combination of vibrant, cosmopolitan city life in Glasgow and enchanting, laidback island lifestyles.

Scotland – Ferry Hopping:

The guide says: “Jumping around the enchanting islands of the west coast on the ferry network – celebrating laidback lifestyles, seafood and sipping whisky along the way, is one of Scotland’s iconic pleasures.

“Starting in the intoxicating vibrant city of Glasgow, filled with excellent art, design, food and pubs, this tour takes in four of Scotland’s most enticing islands and offers an in-depth exploration of southwestern Scotland.

“Incorporating the stunningly scenic Arran, Islay’s welcoming distilleries, Oban’s seafood scene, Mull’s heart-lifting landscapes and the enchanting holy isle of Iona, and ending in the pretty town of Tobermory. The ferry trips themselves offer sensational coastal perspectives and wildlife-spotting opportunities – are part of the adventure.”

The other recommended Scottish road trip routes are: The Borders, Lower West Coast, Aberfoyle to Campbeltown; the Upper west coast Portree to Durness; Stirling and Fife coast; the Royal Highlands Cairngorms; the Great Glens, Glen Coe to Inverness; and the Whisky Trail.

In light of no countries being added to the green list last week, and with 58% of travellers who would usually travel abroad now planning staycations due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, there has never been a better time to explore Great Britain.

The spectacular, quaint and quirky experiences, immense history and culture that Britain has to offer, is too often overlooked by domestic holidaymakers.

At a time when many traditional holiday resorts are already reporting strong staycation demand, the top six road trip routes have been carefully selected to highlight less obvious locations and routes that may not have previously been considered. Highlighting classic attractions in less high profiled areas to inspire adventure beyond the comfort zone and provide a true taste of the region.

UK based Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Head of Experience commented: “There has never been a better time to explore Great Britain. Taking a road trip means you can explore more of the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and incredible experiences on our doorstep.

“Great Britain’s Best Trips covers England, Scotland, and Wales, providing suggestions for alternative destinations to visit, away from the busy tourist hotspots. Combining towns and cities, with coast and countryside, soaking up history, culture and British hospitality along the way to truly get to know our amazing isles.

“Domestic tourism, and our cities in particular, need our help right now and what better way to support local businesses, communities and attractions than to explore new places you may not have previously considered. Either for a long immersive road trip or a short jaunt, 2021 is the time to tick off the places you’ve been meaning to visit and discover somewhere new.”

Great Britain’s Best Trips 2nd Ed is out now from Lonely Planet and is priced at £15.99.

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