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5 Days in Scotland with an Electric Car

Are you an eco-conscious traveller who loves the freedom of the open road? Have an adventure on a self-drive holiday in an electric car/vehicle (EV). With an ever-increasing range of EVs to choose from, there’s never been a better time to hit the road and head for Scotland. 

From the city streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow to winding country roads through the wild Highlands and spectacular National Parks, Scotland is blessed with a widely dispersed and accessible network of electric charge points, allowing you to relax behind the wheel while taking in Scotland’s natural splendour.  

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Starting in Edinburgh, this spectacular route heads north, winding through the dramatic Cairngorms National Park before and continuing onwards to the Highland resort town of Aviemore. From here it takes in some of north Scotland's most iconic landscapes including the banks of Loch Ness and Glencoe. The final stage of the journey culminates in the sprawling Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park before terminating in the cosmpolitan city of Glasgow.

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The Old and New towns of Edinburgh, The Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Loch Katrine, Glasgow

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Edinburgh, Fife, The Highlands, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Glasgow

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Edinburgh

Begin your carbon neutral road trip in Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh. If you’re renting an EV you will probably collect it either here or in Glasgow. With 30 public charging points located throughout the city, it’s an ideal place to familiarise yourself with the charging process, especially if you’re new to driving electric. 

Simply retrieve your charging cable from the boot before plugging it in. Activate it using a downloadable app from Zap-Map, Tesla or another provider.  

Find green accommodation in Edinburgh.

Did you know?

You can stay in a hotel which has an EV charging station on its premises. Try the Radisson Blue on the Royal Mile or the elegant Georgian townhouse of the Nira Caledonian in the New Town. 

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Old and New Town

If you’re only planning to spend a short while in Edinburgh before setting off, spend what time you have by exploring the city’s breathtaking Old and New Town districts on foot which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Start at the bottom of the cobbled Royal Mile and take in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, official Scottish residence of The Queen, and the strikingly modern Scottish Parliament building before making your way to Edinburgh Castle, built in the 12th century atop an extinct volcano. After that, cross over to the New Town to admire the Georgian elegance of Princes Street, George Street and Charlotte Square.

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Falkland & The Cairngorms National Park

Head north to the Cairngorm National Park, the largest in Scotland. This vast area is home to several majestic mountain ranges, including five of the UK’s highest peaks, as well as gleaming lochs, lush forests, and rivers teeming with trout and salmon. 

On the way, take a pit-stop at the romantic Fife village of Falkland which appears as Inverness in the hit TV show Outlander.

There are 54 public charging points spread across 13 locations within the park making it unlikely you’ll have to queue to recharge. Just be aware that the distance between charging points can be up to 50 miles. 

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Set up camp or check into a comfortable inn or hotel for the night. There are heaps of properties which boast eco-friendly credentials to choose from. Some even provide their own EV charging stations like Cairngorms Lodges.  

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Falkland Palace, Falkland

Falkland

At the medieval village of Falkland explore inside the Renaissance Falkland Palace built by the Stewart dynasty, where Mary Queen of Scots spent a happy adolescence. Enjoy a light lunch or cup of tea or coffee in one of the bustling cafés. 

Did you know?

You can also top up your EV at the charging point located outside the Falkland Community Hall. 

Snow Roads Scenic Route

The Cairngorms National Park is a spectacular mountain wilderness in the heart of the Highlands. There are many different routes you can take through the park, but why not discover one of the less-travelled areas of the park? Cruise along the 90-mile SnowRoads Scenic Route through the eastern portion of the park and witness the landscapes, history and culture which makes the Cairngorms so unique.

See the charming Highland towns of Royal Deeside including Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul, and climb to the highest public road in Great Britain, the eponymous Snow Road. It’s naturally the first in the UK to shut in the event of heavy snowfall, but a joy to drive at all other times of year! 

Stop off at castles including the Royal residence of Balmoral, famous distilleries, waterfalls and three ‘Scenic Route Installations’, which are outdoor artworks that merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and overlook dramatic vistas. 

Find green accommodation in the Cairngorms.

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ID - Aviemore & Loch Ness

Bid farewell to the Cairngorms with a stop in the gorgeous Highland resort of Aviemore. It’s also a great place to stop if you need to top up your battery with three EV charging points in the area, including a Supercharger station at thehotel of the Macdonald Highlands Hotel.

Next stop is the iconic Loch Ness. A complete circuit of the loch takes 70 miles with superior views offered by the tranquil B862 road, with runs along the south eastern shoreline. If you need to top-up along the way, stop at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition car park. 

Did you know?

The charge point located at Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is one of the most picturesquely situated charging locations in the UK. 

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Loch Ness © norbel Fotolia/ Francesco Bucchi

Aviemore

Spend the remainder of your time in the Cairngorms at the picturesque town of Aviemore set in the north west corner of the park. Surrounding by spellbinding scenery, it makes an excellent base for exploring the park and offers easy access to an incredible range of outdoor activities. Nearby is the Highland Wildlife Park where you can get tantalisingly close to Scotland’s rarest indigenous species including the Scottish wildcat and elusive capercaillie. 

Loch Ness

Just an hour’s drive from Aviemore and you arrive at the banks of Loch Ness. As vast as it is deep, this mysterious watery expanse lies at the bottom of a valley framed by mountains all formed by the Great Glen Fault. If you have time to spare, take a detour to stunning spots located above the loch such as Glen Affric, Plodda Falls and Glen Strathfarrar.  

Find green accommodation in Loch Ness.

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ID - Fort Augustus & Tyndrum

Leave the beautiful banks of Loch Ness behind as you drive down the A82, one of Scotland’s most scenic roads. Take in long stretches of breath-taking scenery as you head towards the attractive village of Fort Augustus, perched at the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, before continuing onwards to the outer edges of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. 

Along the way, you can stop at Fort William, the gateway to the UK’s highest peak of Ben Nevis, which can be seen looming high in the distance. You’ll then enter the epic landscape of the Glencoe valley which was immortalised on film in the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall.  

Cruise along the banks of gleaming lochs such as Leven and Tulla, pausing to stretch your legs at delightful spots like the tiny village of Bridge of Orchy, before arriving at Tyndrum

Did you know?

You can recharge along with your electric car at the Real Food Café in Tyndrum. Enjoy a delicious meal or snack from a delectable menu of sustainably sourced food and drink while your EV is plugged in to the EV charger in the car park. 

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Glencoe Lochan, Highlands

Fort Augustus

The day begins in this pretty town which sits around the Caledonian Canal. Surrounded by verdant forest and moorland dotted with purple heather, it’s well worth exploring this area on foot if you have time to spare, with a myriad of low-level walking options available. Enjoy a gentle meander along the canal which forms part of the Great Glen Way or venture further afield to take in spots like the Beauly Firth. 

Fort William

The bustling town of Fort William set on the shore of Loch Linnhe is a convenient spot to top up your car battery at nearby EV charging points. It’s also perhaps the most spectacularly situated town in the country. Glen Nevis which owes its name to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, can be reached a short distance from the northern end of the town. Embark on a leisurely hike around the base of Scotland’s most dramatic mountain and breathe in the pure Highland air before continuing your journey. 

Glencoe

The drive through Scotland’s most famous glen is without a doubt one of the most majestic drives in the world. If time allows, why not drop by the National Trust’s Glencoe National Nature Reserve to discover how you can best explore the area on foot and maybe even tackle a Munro or two, such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian. You can also delve into the glen’s captivating history including the infamous Glencoe Massacre at the Glencoe Folk Museum

If you want to recreate the iconic shot from Skyfall which sees 007 standing stoically against the sweeping mist-shrouded vista of Glencoe, make a brief stop on the two-lane road which connects the village of Bridge of Orchy to the Kings House Hotel. This historic property is steeped in Jacobite era history and offers eco-conscious accommodation and dining, as well as EV charging points. 

Tyndrum

Bring the day to a close in the delightfully tiny village of Tyndrum which sits in a fertile valley in the shadow of Ben Lui.  A popular stop along the West Highland Way, Ben Lui is just one of many Munros which can be accessed on foot from the village. There are also plenty of shorter distance walks you can take such as the route to the tumbling Falls of Falloch, located just over 4 miles (7 km) from Tyndrum. 

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Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and Glasgow 

Spend your last day in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. With 40 chargers spread over 13 locations catering for about three visitors each, the park is your oyster if exploring by electric car. 

After visiting the “bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond”, spend a day or more exploring a glorious landscape spanning 720 square miles of unspoiled wilderness, with two forest parks, woodland, mountains, lochs and rivers. The choice of outdoor activities matches the diversity of the landscape, with walking, watersports, cycling, climbing, fishing and more all on offer.

Afterwards, you are within each reach of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, where you can bring your eco-friendly road trip to a close. 

Did you know?

You can soak up the splendid view of Loch Long on the edge of the Argyll Forest Park while topping up your battery at a wonderfully situated EV charging point in Arrochar Car Park.

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Three Lochs Forest Drive

This 7-mile driving loop through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle is a great way to experience the beauty of the park if you don’t have a lot of time. Along the drive, there are three lochs – Reòidhte, Drunkie and Achray – which all offer small trails to discover the woodlands. You could spend all day driving and walking in this area.

Aberfoyle

Explore a network of leisurely walks around the Aberfoyle area of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which pass through woodland, spacious countryside and sparkling rivers, some leading to mysterious landmarks like Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe which are steeped in local legends. You can also have tons of fun in the canopy of the forest at treetop adventure park Go Ape Aberfoyle.

Loch Achray

One of the smaller lochs located within the park, Loch Achray is a favourite with photographers thanks to its calm surface, which yields stunning reflections of the surrounding foliage and peaks of Ben Venue and Ben A’an. Both mountains offer challenging day hikes with awe-inspiring views from their summits.

Loch Katrine

Hop onboard the SS Sir Walter Scott, a historic steamship which runs on carbon neutral biofuel, and glide across the beguiling Loch Katrine which inspired The Lady of the Lake, the romantic poem penned by Sir Walter Scott.