Day 7 was our last day of our Scotland road trip. We were mostly in the car today. Total driving time about 5 hours with 3 hours of exploring. Distance traveled was about 200 miles (340 km).
We left Arisaig at 9 am and arrived at the Glenfinnan Viaduct at 10:15 am. We walked to the lookout area, took our photos and decided not to wait another hour for the train to go through. There were many Harry Potter fans and train fanatics waiting patiently. We drove back through Fort William and instead of taking the A82 through Glencoe and Bridge of Orchy, we drove down to Oban and across to Inverary before coming back into Glasgow down the Rest and Be Thankful, through Luss and Dumbarton. We arrived home in Glasgow by 5 pm.
Day 6 was one of the more relaxing days. Distance traveled was about 130 miles (210 km). Total driving time about 5.5 hours with 3 hours of exploring. Highlights included Eilean Donan Castle and morning tea of cakes, scones and coffee overlooking the castle, a four-horned sheep, Mallaig and Arisaig beach.
Day 5 was 10 hours of bliss. We drove for about 5 hours in total - about one hour more than Google calculated - and explored on foot for the other 5 hours. Distance traveled was about 145 miles (225 km). We started our round trip from Kyleakin at 9 am and were back at our accommodation by 6 pm. Highlights included Old Man of Storr, Mealt Falls, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, Trotternish Peninsula, Dunvegan Castle and Dun Beag Broch.
Day 4 was the longest day of the trip but also one of our favourite days. We had challenges finding and booking accommodation and had to drive longer than expected - about 4 hours longer. Google maps calculated our approximate journey from Durness to Isle of Skye at 7.5 hours and 248 miles (400 km). Our driving time was closer to 9 hours. We stopped for about 3 hours in total so our total travel time was 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm.
On day 3 of our North Coast 500 road-trip, we travelled from Thurdistoft to Durness, via Bettyhill and Tongue. We had a picnic lunch on the shores of Loch Eriboll - the UK’s deepest sea loch. We also ventured into Smoo Cave - the UK’s largest sea cave entrance. We finished the day enjoying the sunset over Sango Bay where we camped the night.