Our decision to drive counter-clockwise around the North Coast 500 had no reasoning behind it, but in the end, I was extremely happy we did. In my opinion, we saved the best day for last, and with a little dip down to Eilean Donan, we even got to see a castle!
One thought prevailed above all others during our drive around the North Coast 500: imagine what it would have been like to travel this land via horse. The sprawling hills, the great Munros, the glistening lochs… my imagination ran wild. Sure, I know I’m romanticizing the image – I’ve been on more than enough horse rides to know how sore you can be and how long it can sometimes take – but to experience the uninterrupted majesty of the land would have been amazing.
We wanted our last days in Scotland to be spent exploring the stunning country. Scotland has so much to offer, and since none of us know when we’ll be able to make it back, we wanted to make the most of it.With that in mind, we checked out of our Airbnb and hit the open road to travel around the North Coast 500!
There’s a very good chance that even if you haven’t stepped foot on Scottish soil, you’ve seen Doune Castle. The iconic castle has been featured as Wintefell in Game of Thrones, Castle Leoch in Outlander, and most notably, in several scenes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The castle was such an important set in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that the audio guide for the castle is narrated by Terry Jones!
On our last full day based in Stirling, we had ambitious goals: fit in two castles. The castles in question were Stirling Castle and Doune Castle; two of the most well-known castles in the area. While I vastly enjoyed our time in both, to my mind one was the clear victor (but I won’t spoil which just yet!). First up: Stirling Castle!