Scotland is a clean and unspoiled region with a lot of historical sites as well as outstanding natural beauty. There are prehistoric stone circles, burial chambers and standing stones as well as Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age ruins. Scotland is also famous for its spectacular castles starting with Edinburgh Castle. One of the best ways to visit all the wonder and beauty of Scotland is by renting a car and driving. Visitors can stop when they please or drive through the night. They can spend several days or just a few hours whenever they feel like it.
One drive that passes near several castles begins in Aberdeen. Visitors travel south on the A90/92 to Stonehaven to see Dunnottar Castle. It is perched high on a cliff overlooking the North Sea with a dramatic location that both Cromwell and Wallace wanted. Franco Zeffirelli used this castle as the setting for his 1991 Hamlet.
The designated driver can continue 13 miles north to Knockandu for a visit to the Cardhu Distillery. This is the only distillery pioneered by a woman. They also offer tours and tastes. Nine more miles takes travellers to Dufftown considered the heart of the Speyside whisky region. The Speyside Cooperage is there. It is the only working cooperage in the UK. They are creating whisky barrels according to the ancient traditions including using the ancient tools. Visitors can try to make their own small casks.
Scotland is famous for a lot of things, not the least of which is literature and art. Begin the next tour in Edinburgh, the capital and the first UNESCO City of Literature in the world. See manuscripts form Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson in the Writers’ Museum near the Royal Mile. There is a lot more to see in Edinburgh as well as other cities around Scotland and they are close enough to make a great city road tour.
From Dundee visitors can take a day in Edinburgh or visit the largest National Park in the UK. Stirling is one of the gateways to the Highlands with the spectacular scenery of the lochs and mountains. Travellers enjoy Scotland by rental car on the National Tourist Routes to see all the sites up close and personal.