Scotland 9-Day Best Friend Birthday Adventure

What better way to spend your 50th birthday than traveling through Scotland with your best friend of 45 years?

Castle in Scotland on the drive to Invarary

How lucky am I that my best friend of more than 45 years asked me to join her on a trip around Scotland to celebrate our 50th birthdays? What made it even better was that Lisa planned the entire trip and came up with the perfect itinerary to see the highlights in the nine days we had there (see the bottom of this post for the best itinerary and where we stayed in each town).

Scotland has some of the prettiest scenery I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. It’s such an inspiration to travel and bring home creative ideas and inspiration and with most of our days being bright and sunny the light for taking photos was just perfect! Some of the photos in this post were taken by me and others by my friend Lisa and I have to say they don’t even do justice to the beauty of Scotland.

We flew into Edinburgh to start our journey and stayed at the Ibis hotel. Lisa’s daughter was studying in Edinburgh at the time so she quickly showed us a few sights but we were so tired from our travel we crashed early and hit the road the next day for our Scottish tour!

As we drove towards Inveraray, the scenery was so pretty that we couldn’t help but stop frequently to take photos. Lisa planned our route so that we could make a circle, driving up the West Coast, across through the highlands and then down the East coast-ending up back in Edinburgh. In Inveraray we stayed at a cute Bed and Breakfast, making sure to stop in and see the Inveraray Castle.

The next day we continued to our destination in Kyle which is a village on the northwest coast of Scotland. Kyle of Lochalsh is a land of castles, hills and lochs, and the gateway to the Isle of Skye and the northwest coast. It was the perfect place to land before we headed back across towards the East coast. I loved the cute shops with crafts and needlework of all kinds. The yarns we saw all over Scotland were luscious and I wanted practically every sweater I saw!

We also spent a night in Carrbridge, located in the Scottish Highlands where we caught part of a Highlands Festival. It reminded us of our favorite books in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, which is a collection of historical multi-genre novels with a bit of time travel and adventure in the Scottish highlands—it’s no wonder we chose Scotland to visit! If you haven’t read them I highly suggest you do!

We spent a night in Stirling which is a small city in central Scotland. Stirling is a lesser-known town but is beautifully surrounded with rich farmland and Celtic castles. The next day took us back to the East coast to some of the best scenery so far. After Dundee we would head back to Edinburgh, making a stop at St. Andrews to pick up a few souvenirs for my golf-loving boys.

The last two days of our trip were spent in Edinburgh where we were able to see more sights and scenery. I couldn’t resist yet another meal of the BEST fish and chips I’ve ever had. Some of the best meals we had throughout the entire trip were at simple little pubs with good beer and amazing food! Such a fun trip with my terrific tour guide and best friend. And yes, we’re still best friends even after a nine-day trip around Scotland together. I’m a lucky girl indeed!

The Perfect 9-day Scottish Itinerary:

Day 1

Fly into Edinburgh Scotland and stay at Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge

Day 2

Inveraray-Brambles B & B with Restaurant and Rooms

Day 3

Kyle- Raasay House

Day 4

Dingwall-Tulloch Castle Hotel

Day 5

Carrbridge-Dalrachney Lodge Hotel

Day 6

Stirling-Culreuch Castle Hotel

Day 7

Dundee-Shaftesbury Lodge

Day 8 & 9

Edinburgh-Barony House

Have you taken a terrific trip with a friend? Tell me about it in the comment box below!

Scotland 9-Day Best Friend Birthday Adventure