During our visit to Scotland, we decided it was best to rent a car and drive to, and around, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis and Harris. I was admittedly nervous about driving in Scotland, it being my first experience driving on the opposite side of the road, but it was quickly overcome. We looked at as many options as possible for touring the islands and discovered that most of the things to see on the Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis and Harris are off the beaten track enough that other means of transportation wouldn’t be the experience we were after. We always like to have time to explore the outer reaches, sit and have a picnic or take pictures on our own schedule. The Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis and Harris, in my opinion, need to be experienced, not merely seen.
Being as nervous about the driving as I was, we decided to take a bus up to the smaller city of Inverness, and rent the car from there to avoid as much traffic as possible. It worked out great as once I was in the car and took a spin around the parking lot, driving became as normal as it has ever been. It also meant we got to drive past Loch Ness. Aside from constantly reaching for the seatbelt over the wrong shoulder and wanting to rest the wrong arm, the experience was fantastic.
Roads on the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis and Harris are mostly single track and there is very little traffic to speak of, so it was quite comfortable. It’s definitely recommended to get the full experience and see all that the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis and Harris have to offer.
If not the Isle of Skye or the Isle of Lewis and Harris, do make sure you include at least one island on your Scotland itinerary – you’ll be glad you did!