I am often asked by friends, family, clients and fellow travel agents where people are heading to for their holidays. Some years there are very clear trends – often driven by what the dollar is doing – and other years it seems that there is no pattern to where people are going.
This year there are definitely some stand out destinations attracting more of my clients than before. I thought I would put together a series of posts highlighting where some Aussie holidaymakers are travelling to in 2014.
These are in no particular order and based on no factual data of where people are travelling to – just some anecdotal ramblings of a travel agent in Brisbane, Australia! Who knows – you might see something here that inspires you for your next trip!
First up is SCOTLAND.
I can’t believe how many of my clients are planning driving trips around Scotland. Some are tracing the genealogical routes of their forefathers; others are keen on a bit of good old Scottish “tramping”; some are seeking solace in a Highland cottage; some are donning the tartan and taking a grandstand seat for the Edinburgh Tattoo; and others are heading for a round of golf or three at St Andrew’s.
A ten day self-drive highlight itinerary of Scotland could include…
3 NIGHTS IN EDINBRUGH, during which you explore Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, the Old Town with its medieval streets, Princes Street Gardens and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, just to name a few of the highlights.
From Edinburgh, SPEND A DAY DRIVING TO INVERNESS in the north. Plan stops in Pitlochry and Aviemore enroute .
Spend 2 NIGHTS NEAR INVERNESS as you hunt for Nessie in the famous Loch, taste a dram of malt whisky from Glen Ord distillery and enjoy this beautiful part of the Highlands.
From Inverness, drive east across the Highlands to the ISLE OF SKYE FOR 2 NIGHTS. With its stunning scenery, impressive outlooks including Quiraing, and fascinating Kilt Rock, Faerie Glen and the Black and Red Cuillins, you’ll love your time on Skye.
Head from Skye down to FORT WILLIAM FOR 1 NIGHT to admire the majestic Ben Nevis (Britain’s Highest Mountain), the beautiful greenery of Glen Nevis and the country hospitality found in abundance in this part of the world.
The next day trace part of the West Highland Way by road. This is one of the most iconic walks of Scotland. The trail weaves through the townships of Kinlochleven and Glen Coe before you deviate towards the seaside town of OBAN FOR 1 NIGHT.
From Oban, you can take a ferry to one of the nearby islands, such as Mull or Kerrera. Otherwise, hop in the car and DRIVE TO GLASGOW VIA STIRLING CASTLE. This is where you will meet the Scot’s national hero, William Wallace. Think “Braveheart”. Think shaggy-haired Mel Gibson in war paint crying “They can take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!”
Extend your time by stopping in Glasgow, or else drop the hire car at the airport or the train station and continue on your journey.
Here’s a snapshot of what this trip would look like —
Best time to go? The weather in Scotland is even more unpredictable the Melbourne’s, which means four seasons in one day is the norm. May through to September are the absolute best months to go, but be prepared for rain, hail and shine at any time of the year. The winters are snow-filled and many tourist places close from November through to March.
So grab your kilt and your bag pipes and plan your Scottish escape!
x Sonia x
Been to Scotland? What was your highlight?