Road Trip to the Isle of Skye

Published: 08/18/15 3:15 PM in Europe, Merevin Wedding, Travel.

There are few things in life that create a sense of adventure quite like a road trip. Whether it is along a well worn road to reach a favorite destination or diving into the unknown to explore what is discovered. The feeling of setting off in a car invokes both a sense of freedom in the ability to escape and explore the world, and a sense of control in the ability to set your own pace and path.

A road trip is also one of the best ways to explore a new country on a larger scale. With the freedom to stop and go as you please and take roads not included in the public transit system, you can discover the hidden gems along the way to your destination.

Thanks to the recommendation of luxury scotland tours by a friend, this sense of adventure and discovery was exactly the feeling Kevin and I were trying to capture during the Scotland portion of our honeymoon. Our ultimate goal was to spend a few days exploring the Isle of Skye and the surrounding beauty of the Highlands. Therefore after spending a windy, but wonderful night at the Beach Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Inverness, we began our road trip to the Isle of Skye making plenty of stops along the way.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon visit Loch Ness during their Honeymoon

The scenic view over Loch Ness while on a road trip to the Isle of Skye.

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is a great stop along a road trip to the Isle of Skye.

Driving Along Loch Ness

As soon as we said goodbye to city of Inverness and boldly claimed that we would return, we were immediately making our way along the coast of the infamous Loch Ness. The winding road that takes you along the coast continuously pulls you toward and then away from the loch affording you with spectacular views as you are drawn nearer. There are plenty of scenic outlooks where you can pull off the road and take in the beauty and vastness of Loch Ness.

As the world knows, Loch Ness is the home to the mysterious Loch Ness Monster affectionately called Nessie. During our drive, we were not lucky enough to be gifted with a sighting of this fabled inhabitant, but we were able to get caught up in the mythology at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. Located right off the main road that takes you around the large loch, this is a classic road trip stop that deserves exploring.

The wooded road along the drive to the Isle of Skye.

The beautifully snowy roads to the Isle of Skye.

A clear moment along a road trip to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert Banogon make a roadside stop during their honeymoon road trip to the Isle of Skye.

Kevin Banogon marches through the snow in his Danner boots while on his honeymoon.

A honeymoon road trip through Scotland makes for a romantic adventure for this pair of couple travel bloggers.

The Many Sides of our Road Trip to the Isle of Skye

As we made our way through the Highlands that extend out between Inverness and the Isle of Skye, it was fascinating to see the change in the landscape as we progressed. The transition from driving along the shores of Loch Ness to driving along side the mountains of the Black Cuillin was a seamless gradient from smooth hills to jagged mountains.

The gradient of this transition was highlighted by the change in weather as well. At one point in the drive, our shoes (that we’d bought fromĀ shoe hero) were sinking into powdery fresh snow while in another area we were walking across the grassy open land typical of Scotland. The best effect the weather had on our drive was the fact that it made the mountains disappear into the sky. Upon rounding a curve in the road, suddenly a mountain range would come into view.

There was never a dull moment on the road trip to the Isle of Skye, it even made Kevin’s short list of the most scenic drives he has experienced.

Meredith Lambert Banogon is excited about playing in the snow in Scotland.

The snowy mountains along the road in Scotland make a great view during a road trip to the Isle of Skye.

A family of deer make for a beautiful sight along the road to the Isle of Skye.

A picturesque moment with a deer on the road to the Isle of Skye during a honeymoon in Scotland.

The ever winding road through the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye.

Eilean Donan Castle is nestled in the Highlands of Scotland where it served as a set for Braveheart.

Meredith Lambert Banogon and Kevin Banogon visit the Eilean Donan Castle during their honeymoon in Scotland.

The Rich History of Scotland at Eilean Donan Castle

A trip to the Highlands is not complete without a stop at a Scottish castle nestled at the edge of the moors. Along our road trip, we stopped at the Eilean Donan Castle to see what a true castle in the Highlands was like.

Eilean Donan Castle is located in a prime position where three lochs meet; Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. It is because of it’s prime positioning that this castle has been involved in many turbulent times throughout the history of Scotland. The castle was the stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie as well as their allies the Clan Macrae from the 13th century and was destroyed during the Jacobite rebellions in 1719. It has since been restored in the twentieth century by Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap and is now one of the most photographed castles in the Highlands.

The age and strength of the structure was apparent even before our approach on foot. It was amazing to see a structure that has survived so many harsh years of weather and war, and has been so isolated throughout it’s time. There are not many buildings in the area Eilean Donan stands so the castle prominently rises up from the waters as a solitary fixture in time.

The beauty of the Scottish Moors includes endless vistas over the many lochs and mountains.

Meredith Lambert Banogon takes in the endless view around the Eilean Donan Castle during low tide.

The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most visited Scottish castles in the Highlands.

Meredith Lambert Banogon explores the Eilean Donan Castle during her honeymoon in Scotland.

A lone Scottish sheep wanders the highs and lows of the Highlands for a perfect view of the moors.

Kevin Banogon stands in front of the beautiful Scottish landscape.

Enjoy a Short Video of Our Honeymoon in Scotland

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