Ultimate Dog-Friendly Highlands Road Trip: 7-Day Itinerary & Tips

Planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands with your furry friend Our comprehensive guide offers everything you need for a dog friendly holiday from a 7 day itinerary to the best bases for exploring the stunning landscapes of the West East and North Coasts

Ultimate Dog-Friendly Highlands Road Trip: 7-Day Itinerary & Tips

Introduction

Dreaming of a holiday that combines the thrill of exploration with the joy of traveling with your furry companion? The Scottish Highlands, with its breath taking landscapes, rich history, and welcoming atmosphere, is the perfect destination for adventurers and their dogs.

In this “Ultimate dog-friendly highlands” blog, we’ll guide you through a meticulously planned 7-day itinerary that showcases the best of the Highlands, answering your burning questions like “How many days do you need to see the Scottish Highlands?” and “What’s the best base for visiting the Scottish Highlands?”

Whether you’re drawn to the rugged West Coast, the mysterious North Coast, or the scenic East Coast, this guide has got you covered.

So, let’s dive into your ultimate dog-friendly Highlands road trip!

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How Many Days Do You Need to See the Scottish Highlands?

First things first, let’s talk timing. To truly soak in the beauty and diversity of the Highlands, we recommend dedicating at least 7 days to your journey.

This allows for a deep dive into the region’s natural wonders, historical sites, and cultural gems, all at a relaxed pace that suits both you and your pup.

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Embarking from the south, your Highlands road trip kicks off the moment you cross into this land of awe. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination, so factor in travel time to and from the Highlands to your 7-day adventure.

Day 1: Cromarty & History

Day-1: trip Itinerary Cromarty MyMaps

Your base for the week, Beechwood Lodge, offers the perfect starting point for exploring.

After a restful first night, head to Cromarty Beach, enjoy ice cream at Rosemarkie Beach, and catch dolphins at Chanonry Point. Check tide times for the best dolphin sightings here.

Cromarty
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End your day with a choice between dining at the Colbokie Inn or enjoying a home-cooked meal back at the lodge.

Day 2: Northwest Adventure

Journey through Ullapool, visit Ardvreck Castle, marvel at Scotland’s most dramatic waterfall, cross the famous NC500 bridge, and take in the stunning West Coastline. This route offers breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences.

Day 3: Loch Ness Exploration

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No trip to the Highlands is complete without seeking the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Start at Dores Beach, venture through a picturesque pine forest trail, and explore the quaint town of Foyers.

Continue to Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit, with a possible boat trip on Loch Ness. Cap off the day with dinner in Inverness and dessert from Black Isle Dairy.

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Applecross

Day-4:Trip Itinerary, Isle of Skye, MyMaps

Prepare for a day filled with magic as you head towards the Isle of Skye, with essential stops pinned on this route map. Explore Skye’s natural beauty and the charming Applecross.

Fairy Pools
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Day 5: Rest Day by Loch Glass

Day-5: Trip Itinerary, Loch Glass, Ben Wyvis, MyMaps


After the adventures, enjoy a slower pace with a day at Loch Glass. Featured on The Traitors BBC reality TV show, it’s the perfect place for relaxation and exploration.

At this beautiful Loch you can adore the magnificent Ben Wyvis Munroe.

Loch Glass
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Day 6: North & East Coast Adventure

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Embark on the most extensive drive yet, exploring the cliffs and beaches of the North Coast, the surfers’ town of Thurso, and the scenic East Coast.

Extend your journey with visits to Durness and John o’ Groats if desired.

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Day 7: Dunrobin Castle & The Mermaid of the North

Day-7:Trip Itinerary, Dunrobin Castle, MyMaps

Discover the beauty of Dunrobin Castle, enjoy a falconry show, and relax at Dornoch Beach. The drive back through Bonar Bridge offers stunning views, a perfect conclusion to your adventure.

Dunrobin Castle
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Day 8: Journey South

Day-8: Trip Itinerary, Glencoe, Edinburgh, MyMaps

On your last day, depart from Ardross, filled with memories and local goodies. The journey south offers one last taste of Scotland, with stops in Aviemore, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, and Stirling before reaching Edinburgh.

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Reflection of Dog-Friendly Highlands

As you journey through the Scottish Highlands, you’ll discover not only the stunning landscapes and rich history of the region but also a deeper connection with yourself and your travel companions. This trip offers a unique opportunity to reflect, bond, and create unforgettable memories.

Remember, this digital version of our itinerary is designed to ensure you have a hassle-free, enjoyable, and comprehensive Highlands experience. We hope this guide helps you plan the perfect dog-friendly holiday in the Scottish Highlands, filled with adventure, relaxation, and discovery. Safe travels!

Senior couple on beach
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“Gunta gave us our dog Scout. Such a warm welcome. The house is, indeed, a home and we were so comfortable. Our evening meal and breakfast were delicious and Gunta is a gifted cook. Lovely fresh ingredients. This was definitely a high point for us on our walk down from John O’groats to Land’s End. We plan to return when we have more time.” – Jillian Nigel here from Cumbria.

Beechwood Lodge Guesthouse as your base

Great price, homemade meals and dog-friendly

Trip Prep:

Maps:
Click on this link and the Google Maps app will open with all the routes mentioned on this blog. You’re welcome 😉

Clothing: 

  • Bring a water/windproof jacket
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Think layers you can add and take off
  • Swimming costume (if you’re brave)
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Other Useful bits and bobs:

  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Gyro sticks for taking great videos
  • Screen wash for your car
  • Extra car fuel (just in case)
  • Cash

For The Pup:

  • Bowl
  • Dog Bed
  • Blanket
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Poo bags
  • Retractable lead
  • Portable water bottle
  • Let us know if you would like us to arrange these for you

Thank you for reading, we hope you have found this blog helpful.
If you’re still not sure on where to go or need help booking your accommodation, feel free to get in touch with us.

Phone: +44 7876 683999
Email: info@HighlandsPerfectStay.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need to see the Scottish Highlands?

Ideally, spend at least 7 days to fully experience the diversity and beauty of the Highlands.

What to visit in the Scottish Highlands?

Must-visit sites include Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Dunrobin Castle, and the scenic beaches and cliffs along the coasts.

What is the best base for visiting the Scottish Highlands? 

Choosing a base like Beechwood Lodge allows for easy exploration of the West, East, and North Coasts without the need to relocate daily.

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