A electric car passing over the Clatterin' Brig near Fettercairn

© VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

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.

Electric car and charging FAQs

Activate chargers via ChargePlace Scotland's webpay

Start / Finish
Edinburgh / Aberfoyle
  • Days
    5
  • Distance
    226Miles

    362km
  • Transport
    Car
  • Main theme
    Sightseeing
Highlights
Edinburgh
The Cairngorms
Aviemore
Ben Nevis
Loch Ness
Glasgow
Areas covered
All

Day 1Edinburgh

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 TeslaThe Pod Point app or another provider.  

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 Caledonia in the New Town. 

Day 2Falkland & The Cairngorms National Park

Head north to the Cairngorms 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. 

  • Falkland Falkland

    The picturesque village of Falkland with distinctive scottish architecture - small white cottages, turreted buildings and ornate Church.

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved.

    Explore the historic streets of this picturesque town and visit grand Falkland Palace, which was built in the 1500s and became a favourite country residence for many kings and queens.

    In Outlander, Falkland is one of the first places shown on screen - the town substitutes for 1940s Inverness where Claire and Frank go on their second honeymoon.

    Around town you can visit:

    • The Covenanter Hotel, which stands in for the cosy Mrs Baird's Guesthouse.
    • The Bruce Fountain, where the ghost of Jamie looks up at Claire's room.
    • Fayre Earth Gift Shop, which doubles as Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store.
    • Campbell's Coffee House and Eatery, which becomes Campbell's Coffee Shop in the show.
    Find out more about Falkland
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  • Snow Roads Scenic Route Cairngorms National Park

    Winter in Glenmore Forest Park near Aviemore

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    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.

    Find out more about Snow Roads Scenic Route

Day 3Aviemore & Loch Ness

Day 4Fort Augustus & Tyndrum

Day 5Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

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