Inverness is the perfect starting point for a road trip around Scotland. It marks the start and end of the famous North Coast 500, the ultimate scenic route spanning over 500 miles of dramatic Scottish coastline. With magnificent mountains, stunning beaches and historical sites to take in with every twist and turn. But if you’re looking for a shorter route, or something a little different, there are many other road trips to choose from in the area. Circuit the whole of Loch Ness and visit the different towns and villages around it. Embark on a fascinating whisky and history trail starting at Tomatin Distillery. Or experience the outstanding natural beauty of Glencoe. Whether you have a day or a week to fill, your adventure starts right here.< Go Back to Things to Do
Of course, the first thing you need for a road trip is a car. But if you are here in Scotland without one, that’s no problem. You can easily hire a car at Inverness Airport. There are several car hire companies based there, including Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz. Book in advance to ensure availability.
Remember, in Scotland and the UK we drive on the left side of the road. You can check here to see if you are eligible to drive in the UK. Also, make sure you are familiar with our driving laws and safety regulations. If you are bringing your own car, you must have the relevant documents with you and ensure you have the correct insurance cover too.
Many roads in Scotland are single track, which means they are not wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other. To allow oncoming traffic to pass, pull into a passing place on your left or wait opposite a passing place on your right. You may have to reverse to reach a passing place, so please take care and follow the Highway Code at all times.
You’ll find petrol stations en route for re-fuelling, but be aware that there are fewer stations in remote areas, so fill up when you can. Scotland’s weather is famously changeable, so always check the weather forecast before travelling and be prepared for all eventualities. Particularly in winter. And be aware of local wildlife, which may wander onto the roads in rural areas.
Take a look at our recommended local routes for some inspiration. You can use helpful tools like the AA Route Planner to help you get from A to B more easily, while avoiding busy traffic.