Scotland 2016 - Route and travelling to Scotland

Written by Manuel Faessler
This years route
As we are experienced Scotland-travellers by now, we pretty much knew what to expect and where we wanted to go in advance. We haven’t planned our trip exactly as we made the experience that it is unnecessary and with the unpredictable weather pretty much useless as well ... no plan actually survived the first day of travelling ... ;-)
Our first goal was the Isle of Islay as we haven’t visited that island yet and it looked very good, judging from pictures we’ve seen on the internet. Another reason might have been the distilleries which are on the island ... but nobody will ever know if that was a reason at all ... ;-)
After Islay Ines wanted to visit the Mull of Kintyre, which Paul McCartney sung about in his famous song, before turning north to Rannoch More and Glencoe. Another goal was to climb up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain on the British Isles which is near Fort William. We dumped that plan when we saw the hordes of tourists which walked up there ...
The next stop was the Isle of Skye where we planned to climb 1-2 mountains of the Black Cullins near Glenbrittle. Because of the weather turning bad we had to dump that plan after the first summit and visited Portree instead before travelling back home with a short stay in Edinburgh (which you just can’t miss when you’re in the region).
Travelling to Scotland
As we have done a couple of times before we drove from Dornbirn to Rotterdam to board the ferry (Link) tu Hull. As the ferry makes the journey overnight you can dine on the ferry, drink a couple of beers in the on-board Irish Pub and arrive the next morning in Hull well rested and ready to go. We drove straight north until we reached Balloch (a couple of Kilometers north of Glasgow) where we looked for a B&B and restocked. We also booked the ferry to the Isle of Islay for the next day at the local tourist information (which was absolutely necessary).
The next day we drove straight to Kennacraig where we boarded the ferry to Port Askaig (about 2h) on the Isle of Islay ... and started our vacation right away!!
Some impressions (click to enlarge):

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