Glasgow is the Scottish city with sass. Every visitor’s itinerary features the capital, Edinburgh, and rightfully so as it is beautiful and steeped in history but Glasgow is real and Glasgow is raw. It’s the big city with contrasting neighbourhoods, deadly music and art scene and most importantly, people with banter. Edinburgh is Paris, Glasgow is Berlin and here is your one day in Glasgow itinerary curated with love by me, Gemma, the Fifer who ‘grew up’ in Glasgow
I (Gemma) moved to Scotland’s Dear Green Place at the age of 17 to attend the University of Glasgow and didn’t leave until my late 20s when I moved to the dark side, Edinburgh. I now reside in Fife.
Glasgow is where I met my life-long friends, formed my political views, danced around my handbag, gained weight by eating chips n’ cheese, lost the weight running around Kelvingrove Park – when I drive into Charing Cross the same feeling consumes me, that feeling that I’m home.
Personally, I don’t think one day in Glasgow is enough to really understand why it is special but I understand itinerary time constraints, I’ve been there.
This itinerary will recommend a variety of options for your day trip to Glasgow so you can pick and choose what suits your travel needs.
Covering Glasgow’s top attractions, the appeal of the five main neighbourhoods, food recommendations, which Glasgow pubs to party at and where to get the perfect shots.
This guide will also cover Glasgow’s past which some would like to hide, its involvement in the slave trade.
In Scotland, we don’t really use the term neighbourhoods but from my extensive travel in North America, I understand categorising areas of a city is the easiest way to help visitors find their bearings.
Glasgow does have distinct areas that can be zoned off making it an easy task.
Beginning with the City Centre you will find both train stations, Glasgow Central and Queen Street at George Square, and the Buchanan Bus Station.
There are three main streets starting with Argyle Street, which runs from the West End to the East, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street.
You will find Glasgow’s main shops on these three streets along with bars and restaurants.
One of the main drags of pubs and clubs for younger revellers is located at the top of Sauchiehall Street, after the shops.
Like with all cities, you want to veer off the big streets to discover the unique pubs like the Butterfly and the Pig which features mismatched furniture from your Gran’s house.
Behind Buchanan Street is the upmarket Merchant City bars, clubs and restaurants as well as Strathclyde University.
This is the area of Glasgow most associated with its slave trade involvement.
At the end of Argyle Street to the east is the Trongate, check out the 13th Note for vegetarian food, Clutha for a welcoming local bar and the Tron Theatre for shows, which takes you along the infamous Barras weekend market, a real Glasgow tradition and passed the Barrowlands, a true Glasgow establishment which houses music gigs, and into the East End.
Don’t miss Barras Art and Design (BaAd) internal courtyard for drinks and shopping, support the local shop owners by purchasing here.
The East End is also home to Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship (oldest house in Glasgow), Glasgow’s necropolis, Glasgow Green (park), the People’s Palace and two breweries.
Running parallel to Argyle Street is Glasgow’s Canal.
Bridges take you over to our third neighbourhood, the Southside.
The Southside has its own parks, Queens and Pollok.
Most of the bars and restaurants are found around Pollokshaws Road, check out the Glad cafe for vegan cakes and intimate gigs.
The West End of Glasgow is where you will find most of the students in the city as well as a stylish crowd.
The main street is Byres Road, which is always busy with brunchers and shoppers.
Visit Oran Mor for gigs and don’t miss the cute cobbled street, Ashton Lane, for drinks under the fairy lights.
In summer, you can find a beer garden on Ashton Lane and there is also a small cinema.
Running along the back of Byres Road is Great Western Road, which is packed with vintage shops, furniture stores and food stops.
The University of the Glasgow is found behind Ashton Lane on University Avenue.
From there you can reach Kelvingrove Park, and museum or Woodlands Road, for comedy see The Stand, down to Charing Cross and back into town.
However, we are not quite finished with the West End yet because at the bottom of Byres Road you will find Argyle Street, which runs into the Finnieston neighbourhood.
Finnieston used to be known purely for the Teuchter or Highlander Triangle because of the three pubs, the Park Bar, The Islay Inn and Snaffle Bit.
Head here to listen to trad music, especially around Celtic Connections time but this area has exploded in the past years.
If you are in town for ethically sourced food hop into the food trucks at Dockyard Social, noodles, curries, pizzas, vegan specialities, and drinks.
Finnieston Road leads to the Clyde, the Ovo Hydro, Glasgow SECC, Clydeside Distillery and the Transport Museum.
Getting Around Glasgow
Glasgow has an extensive network of bus routes, trains and also our beloved underground aka the metro or subway.
Our underground is not difficult to navigate.
It only goes around in one loop then back around the other way.
It is affectionally known as the Clockwork Orange and if you just want to spend your one day in Glasgow boozing you should play the Clockwork Orange drinking game.
The game involves getting off at each stop and having a tipple!
Kick-off with a full Scottish breakfast or stacked French toast at Café Gandolfi (Albion Street) or eggs at the trendy Wilson Street Pantry in the Merchant City.
You’re going to need the energy.
Next, it’s a visit to one of Glasgow’s points of interest, the Gallery of Modern Art on Royal Exchange Square.
This museum is located in the former Cunninghame Mansion, home of the tobacco and sugar merchant and one of the prolific merchants of the transatlantic tobacco trade, William Cunninghame of Lainshaw.
In front of the GOMA is the iconic Duke of Wellington which often has a street cone on his head.
Next mooch through the Merchant City keeping your eyes peeled for the street art murals and more links to Glasgow’s slave trade involvement such as (Tobacco Lord, James) Wilson Street and (John) Glassford Street (tobacco plantation owner in Virginia and Maryland).
Glasgow is yet to recognise that these street names celebrate Scots who enslaved people for profit.
Other cities with similar involvement such as Bristol, England have created museums and made some changes.
Afternoon in Glasgow Itinerary
Go slightly off-piste to grab a sandwich at the chic takeaway, Piece (100 Miller St), jamming to the tunes while you wait on your ‘Jerk Off’.
Head back east via Argyle Street towards the Trongate and on to Barrowlands Park.
Count the bands you’ve seen then promise to come back to watch one live at the Barrowlands itself.
Walk towards the Barrowlands, if visiting on a weekend swing by the Barras Market to experience this Glasgow institution set up by Maggie McIver who died a multi-millionaire in 1958.
If you love music you will want to join the Glasgow City Music Tours run by music journalists complimenting Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music status. Grab a bite to eat at BaAd or continue on to the next stop on your Glasgow itinerary.
From here you have two options – park, palace and a pint or God’s house, the graveyard and gin.
Option 1: Glasgow Green, Breweries and Lunch
Glasgow Green is where you will find the People’s Palace, which houses a really interesting exhibition on life in Glasgow throughout the ages.
Look out for the washing line poles in the Green too; these were used by locals to dry their clothes!
Take a well-deserved pit stop at West Brewery or Drygate Brewery. Both serve food, beer and other drinks.
The Palais on Duke Street (Denniston) is another hip lunch option.
Option 2: Cathedral, Necropolis and Provand’s Lordship
Walk towards Castle Street to see Glasgow’s Cathedral, tours are available (one hour long), donations are welcomed. Behind the Cathedral you will find Glasgow’s necropolis, the giant graveyard that overlooks the city.
From up on the hill you will get some of the best views of Glasgow so have your camera ready.
End this history tour at the oldest house in Glasgow, Provand’s Lordship, across from the Cathedral and since you are here it would be rude not to pop into St Mungo’s Museum to see the Egyptian mummy.
It is run by a real Glaswegian who is happy for you to ask them any question about life in the city!
Take that extra 5-minute walk to see St Mungo himself sprayed on the end gable (not the official name of this street art mural).
Head back to the Merchant City to enjoy whisky cocktails at Buck’s Bar or classic drinks and bar food at Bar Home.
For a real culture shock head to the charming Alpen Lodge (25A Hope St) for its banging jukebox and live music at the weekends, if you can squeeze in.
Sticking around for the evening? Is it Saturday?
Then get yer dancin’ shoes on because Saturday night is ceilidh night at Sloans.
Add a meal on to make a full night of it.
One Day in Glasgow – City Centre and the West End
Morning Itinerary Options
Follow the above morning itinerary but after street art spotting at the Merchant City, which continues throughout the city, there are over 22 murals to discover, make your way to Argyle or Buchanan Street underground tube station (subway/metro) to Hillhead Station arriving at Byres Road in the West End.
Alternatively, choose one of the afternoon options if you prioritise those Glasgow tourist attractions.
A few lunch suggestions here depending on when you are visiting.
At the weekend, head to the Platform food market at the Arches on Argyle Street.
The ex-dance music venue is now home to food trucks selling locally sourced food from Indian to haggis (Friday-Sunday). Image below.
I recommend the surf and turf slider burger! Drinks are also available and the venue is kid and dog-friendly.
During the week you can eat any type of food you want in Glasgow.
For mac and cheese head to Sloans.
I love Japanese and can recommend Nippon Kitchen (91 W George Stree) for traditional meals/bento boxes and Mikaku (25 Queen Street) which is a modern, neon lights with smoking sake test tubes kinda place.
Fancy tapas? Cafe Andaluz is a consistently good Spanish small restaurant chain in Scotland.
If you prefer some pizza, Nonna Said (26 Candleriggs) does Napoli style pizza and frozen cocktails if starting early…
Or hold off for lunch until you hit the West End.
Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes/pubs such as Hillhead Bookclub or Hanoi Bike Shop.
Walk through Ashton Lane to University Avenue aiming for the University of Glasgow’s cloisters for Hogwarts vibes.
Head down the hill and take a right to Kelvin Way where you will find the Kelvingrove Museum.
Browse the 22 galleries including work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Salvador Dali and my favourite, the Floating Heads by Sophie Caves. It’s free to enter by the way.
Love tea? Don’t miss Tchai Ovna (42 Otago Lane).
A tea-hut going strong since the year 2000. I used to spend a lot of time here when I studied at Glasgow Uni.
North Coast 500 spoiler alert. This Scot has a secret to share. I do not mean to alarm or upset but Scotland has been hiding something from you. The north coast has always been there. The turquoise beaches, the fresh fish from line to lips and the friendly locals looking to share a sing-song with you are not new but they definitely are unique and thanks to a strong marketing strategy, the secret is out and Scotland’s North Coast 500 itinerary is on the map.
The North Coast itinerary is now followed by drivers, cyclists, locals and visitors ticking over the 500 miles (516 to be exact) of ‘Scotland’s Route 66’.
The popular adventure, with four seasons in one day, heading west from Inverness to the top of Scotland’s mainland, John O’Groats, and back down the east coast (or in reverse). This thorough and free NC500 route planner will get you on the road in no time.
Our NC500 Experience
Craig and I (Gemma) made a wise (last minute) decision to stay in the homeland and explore what the North Coast 500 has to offer. I am not a last-minute kind of girl, so cue frantic planning of potential route 500 options which you can now adapt to meet your own travel style and needs.
My Top Tip
Don’t be me, be cool. If you have time – plan ahead, go off the path, be flexible but mindful that the North Coast 500 has blown up over the past year and accommodation books up fast in the summer months. Check out our NC500 accommodation guide.
Oh and word of warning; the further north you go, the stronger the accent gets and the later into the night you drink with the locals, the harder it is to interpret! Ps. We have no affiliation with NC500 at this time. We travel independently and all opinions are our own.
North Coast 500 Map
Before we get started, let’s get our bearings of this Scotland driving route.
Inverness is the starting point at the red target which you can see on the NC500 below.
North Coast 500 Scotland – How Many Days?
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is – how long does it take to drive 500 miles?
The length of time you spend taking in the sights of this Scottish Highlands road trip really depends on how many days you want to spend in each location, the types of activities you would like to do while on Scotland’s North Coast 500 (hiking, boat tours, whisky?) and quite possibly the availability of accommodation.
We met visitors who zoomed around the route in two days; while VisitScotland suggests up to two weeks.
Do tell us how long you decide to take and why in the comments below.
North Coast 500 Itinerary
There is no strict North Coast 500 route – where you stop, stay and play is entirely up to you but here is a flavour of the villages and activities we think make up the best North Coast 500 places to visit.
There’s also no right or wrong direction to drive it.
One thing that is certain, you can’t predict the Scottish weather.
It is possible to experience four seasons in one day, so plan and pack accordingly.
Be sure to pack a good quality waterproof like my new Rupal by Mountain Equipment US / UK.
Bealach ‘na Ba, Wester Ross (yes Game of Thrones fans!)
From Inverness, we started our journey to the infamous Bealach ‘na Ba (pronounced Bell-ach-na-baa) in Wester Ross.
At the start of the Bealach ‘na Ba, which is Scottish Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle, there is a sign that warns new drivers not to attempt it!
Like many of the NC500 roads, the Bealach ‘na Ba is an A road also known as a single track road (only one lane for going and coming).
If you are the passenger and have the confidence to take your eyes off the hairpin bends, check out the scenery!
Don’t be surprised to see cyclists pedalling away or campervans trying to get by.
Our Scottish A roads have areas by the side of the road called ‘passing places’ – it’s customary to pull in and let someone by.
Please do remember that this road is everyday use for locals, not just a challenge for holidaymakers.
Everyone raves about the beauty of Applecross and rightly so.
Although remote, Applecross village is visited by many tourists and on a dry day they flock to the seated area outside of The Applecross Inn, which is a popular dinner stop (food served 12-9pm) for those who love game meat and fish.
Check out our guide on Scottish food, haggis is not a furry animal that runs about the hills!
At the Inn, I tried langoustine for the first time, while Craig struggled to eat (picky eater). I hope you are ready for delicious fresh fish on this Scotland road trip.
Applecross is home to one of the North Coast 500 campsites (you have to reserve your spot, see our NC500 camping article).
Do not camp without purchasing Avon Skin So Soft US / UK as the midges are out in force from May until September in Applecross. Sands beach is approximately 4 miles from the Applecross.
Our final stop for the day was Shieldaig, Torridon. This small village is postcard perfect. We stayed at the top of the hill with views of Shieldaig Island on tap.
There is a campsite located here which I would consider in the future. We dined on a shared stone-baked pizza from the local pub and a few drinks to end day one of our Scotland road trip.
Shieldaig to Ullapool (123 miles)
Although the village of Shieldaig is sublime, you’ll be thankful to leave because next up is the experience of driving through the mountains of Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.
No, you’ve not taken a wrong turn into New Zealand or Canada – this is Scotland!
If you are looking for a unique stay, Shieldaig Lodge Hotel is one of the few remaining traditional Highland shooting lodges open to the public.
Gairloch is a small village with a couple of sandy beaches (Big Sand and Red Point) and another couple of coffee shops.
Gairloch is home to one of the most scenic golf courses in the country (world), good luck focusing on your swing with views of the Isle of Skye ahead.
There are also boat tours in Gairloch for those looking to try to catch a glimpse of minke, humpback or killer whales.
One of the boat tours available is offered in a glass-bottom boat so you can see what lurks beneath the shores!
Keep an eye out of Bob, the resident seal.
The Gairloch Hotel offers free parking and breakfast and is less than 10 minutes walk to the beach.
From Gairloch to Ullapool you are spoiled for beaches on the NC500.
Mellon Udrigle Beach (Wester Ross) is the first of that white sand and turquoise waters that legends talk of and I can confirm, it is no myth, they do exist. Bring a picnic and your camera, and kayak?
Gruinard Bay (Ross and Cromarty) is slightly redder toned and larger. Both beaches have car parks close to the entrance point. Gruinard Bay requires a short walk downhill.
Ullapool – The Big Village in Ross-shire
Ullapool is the biggest village on the west coast of the North Coast 500, 1500 inhabitants call this place home and many of them have not so hidden talents.
Ullapool is a mecca for music lovers, especially those on the ‘trad scene’, like my good friend Kim. You can see/hear her sing here!
There is always some form of performance, planned or not, kicking off at The Ceilidh Place, The Arch Inn or the Argyll Hotel.
Ullapool is also home to the Stac Pollaidh for visitors hoping to do a self-guided North Coast 500 hike.
This easy hill walk takes approximately two hours and the views from the top are now amongst my favourite in Scotland.
Car park spaces are available at the bottom of Stac Pollaidh, please keep to the designated hike trail for your safety.
If you have ample time and fancy a sidestep to the Outer Hebrides there are daily ferries to the Isle of Lewis (Stornoway) from Ullapool. We visited Harris and Lewis recently, it really is a special place.
Where to Stay
Arch Inn: Modern rooms, harbour views, lively bar.
For more NC500 accommodation options, check out our guide here.
Ullapool – Kylesku Bridge (66 miles)
Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt
Within a short drive from Ullapool, you will reach the ruins of Ardvreck Castle and Calda House on the banks of Loch Assynt.
This 15th-century castle was once home to the Macleod Clan then taken over by Mackenzies who then lost the three-story Castle to the Crown.
Calda House, which is closer to the road, was the modern home built by the Mackenzies.
Lochinver on the Route 500
The main reason people visit Lochinver is to purchase a pie from the Lochinver Larder.
These pies come in sweet and savoury fillings, can be eaten in (£8.45 with salad/£14.35 as a main) or out (£5.35-5.55) or even posted home.
Craig, the pie connoisseur feels that Lochinver pies are overpriced thus leaving a bad taste in his mouth.
The NC500 trip is not cheap; expect a 1/3 mark up on food and on central belt prices. Check out what we spent via our NC500 budget below.
B869 – It’s Incredible
Wow, this road (or loop for us) is special and well worth taking the time to drive along the coast.
This area feels like Star Trek has beamed you up (Scotty) and you’ve landed on the lunar surface.
The surrounding hills swallow you whole but your escape is possible if you head for the water.
Yes! More of those Highland beaches (Achmelvich Beach and Clachtoll Beach) are tucked away amongst the winding roads and engulfing hills.
Experienced hikers may want to consider the striking Suilven Mountain in the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve which is close to Lochinver.
Personally, I felt that this part of our NC500 itinerary covered plenty for one day. However, we headed to Kylesku Hotel for a coffee, food comes recommended by others but the kitchen was closed so we could not sample it.
Kylesku Bridge is built over the Loch a’ Chàirn Bhàin, replacing the ferry service in the 1980s.
This is only my opinion but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit the Kylesku area, you can blame the outrageously overwhelming beauty of the B869 for this advice!
On night three, we actually returned to Ullapool as we struggled to find accommodation available on the route to Durness.
Leaving Ullapool (again) head north to Cape Wrath, leave early (and be flexible) if you plan to take the ferry ride over the Kyle of Durness and then the bus to the most northern-westerly lighthouse on the mainland.
Ferry times vary depending on the time of year, and weather throughout the day.
The trip lasts three hours and there are no bathroom facilities so be prepared before you leave. The closest facilities in Durness.
Did you know that the MOD owns a large part of Cape Wrath and use it for training?
Craig’s Dad is an ex-MOD diver and has spent a fair bit of time in the waters up here!
As you drive up the northwest you will see this massive stretch of white sand poking out in the distance.
On approach you will discover that Balnakeil Beach is different from the others; it has sand dunes layered up at the back of it with cows grazing on any spare grass!
Durness is known for two things – Smoo cave and Chocolate Mountain. Smoo Cave is free to enter and open every day of the year.
It costs £5 to take the small boat ride deeper into the cave where the tour guides tell you about their successful discoveries and scary encounters (May-September). Wear closed-toe footwear.
To get to Smoo Cave, drive past the tourist information centre and park at the YMCA hostel or the cave car park (can get busy). Walk down the pathway to the beach and cave entry.
Chocolate Mountain is tucked away in Durness’s Balnakeil Craft Village and sells ‘the world’s best chocolate’ and truffles at tourist prices.
The village is also home to the John Lennon Memorial Garden, the Beatles singer used to holiday in Durness with his family as a kid and visited again with his own.
Durness has one of the most beautiful campsites I’ve seen but if windy there is limited coverage. The site has a restaurant/pub on the side of it (was closed until 18:30 when we visited).
Sidestep Trip: Handa Island
Tarbet of the northwest, not to be confused with Tarbert on the west coast near Oban, is the gateway to Handa Island where you can do a spot of puffin watching (we ran out of time, let us know how it goes).
Tarbet is reached after Unapool (near Kylesku) and Scourie but before Cape Wrath and Durness.
Durness – John o’ Groats (90 miles)
For a really unique thing to do on the North Coast 500, visit Borgie Glen to meet The Unknown.
The sculpture by artist Kenny Hunter can be found on the Lonesome Pine Trail which is a short 3/4 mile trail.
The northernmost town of the Scottish mainland, Thurso, is known for its surf!
Yes, surfing in Scotland. Thurso East is located at the mouth of the Thurso River and has hosted surf competitions.
Move over Gold Coast * waves *, the east coast is in town. Naturally, we don’t get the sun like Australia so dress accordingly (suits not shorts).
This fairytale stately home on the east coast of the Highlands has 189 rooms, some of which the public can view.
Its the gardens which win it for me. Huge rhubarb plants, ponds with fountains, well-manicured grass and tree tunnels.
A photographer’s dream!
The gardens and castle overlook the Dornoch Firth.
This area isn’t just about beauty though.
This is where locals were forced to move from their fertile land during the Highland Clearances.
Some left voluntarily, others had no choice when their homes were burnt down with their possessions still in it.
Golspie – Inverness (52 miles)
The last leg of the east coast of the NC500 takes you down to The Black Isle which is a collection of villages and hamlets.
Head over the Dornoch Firth Bridge, popping into The Glenmorangie Distillery for a tour.
If you like golf, enjoy a game at Tain Golf Course.
Drive over Cromarty Bridge to the town of Cromarty for a coffee or a meal at Sutor Creek and check out the Scottish geologist and writer, Hugh Miller Cromarty Trail for heritage homes and buildings.
Cromarty is a great base for the Black Isle, check out this garden studio for availability.
I like this area of the Highlands as it feels like real life with the North Sea oil rigs resting in the Cromarty Firth.
Next stop is Rosemarkie (Fortrose) for the family-friendly Groam House Museum to find out about Pictish life.
Fairy Glen is close to Rosemarkie which is 3K hike with waterfalls.
Finally, put on a layer and pull up at Chanonry Point to see the local dolphins who like the shallow Moray Firth waters for fishing!
There’s a pebble beach which looks over to Fort George, this is where we spotted the dolphins doing some relaxed diving in the distance.
There is also a golden sand beach for sandcastles.
Parking is available at Chanonry Point.
NC 500 Itinerary – Castles
If one of the main reasons you’ve chosen the NC500 route is for its castles and ruins you are in for a treat. From Inverness clockwise here is a list of some of the castles you may want to explore or look out for.
You can actually stay in the castle on the east coast! There are four options to choose from and they are affordable starting at £120 in low season. Read our guide to hotel castles here.
» Hey, Outlander fans!Click here to read about the hit TV filming locations
Distilleries on the North Coast 500
The water of life, whisky, plays such a large part of Scottish culture and tourism.
For those who like a dram and/or a wee story during their holiday should check out one of the many whisky distilleries dotted around the east coast of the NC500 such as Dunnet Bay Distillery (Dunnet near John o’ Groats), the Balblair Distillery or Glenmorangie (close to Tain), Dalmore Distillery, GlenWyvis, and Glen Ord Distillery (near Dingwall).
If you are limited on time and whisky sampling is your goal, I would suggest heading east first!
500 (ish) miles later your NC500 tour is over, get out of the car and consider bagging one of our many Munros to stretch out the legs.
North Coast 500 Tips GPS, Mapping and Not Killing Each Other
We trialled using Google Maps to guide us through the NC500 and with a bit of planning it worked well.
For the most part, your 3/4G will not work (write out/screenshot accommodation addresses and telephone numbers) when in WiFi and the areas you would like to visit using the directions function of Maps, hit the three dots and select ‘add the route to home screen’.
Before you leave your accommodation, start the directions; you can’t do this out of WiFi/4G.
The blue dot will become your best friend.
Note, we could not add Cape Wrath or Balnakeil Beach to our North Coast 500 map.
It is against the law to use your mobile/cell phone while driving in the UK and the roads you are navigating are going to be tough at times so I would recommend a phone holder attached to your dashboard.
Try one with a magnetic part you place in between your phone and cover which keeps the phone neatly attached to the holder.
Dig deep Scotland lovers; this can be an expensive ride! Here’s an example of pricing along the route.
Accommodation: Ranging from £68+ per night
Campervan pitch on campsites: £28-35
Food: Plated fish and chips £8-10
Ice cream cone: £2
Dunrobin Castle: £12
Naturally, you could do this cheaper by opting for the youth hostels and campsites on the NC500 or you could go all out and stay in castles. Our accommodation guide has options for every budget.
This was an independent trip. This means we were not hosted by Visit Scotland, regional tourist boards, hotels or any tours.
Animals on the NC500
This route is rugged which means you will not only be sharing the road with locals but also wildlife.
Expect to see sheep, deer, cows, Heilan coos if you look hard, and puffins if you do the Handa Island day trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Driving in Scotland Difficult?
We drive on the left in the UK, which I’m sure you are aware of. It is more common for drivers in the UK to use manual (shift stick) cars however it is not uncommon to hire an automatic car.
Unbelievably, there are no road signs indicating that you are on the North Coast 500 route, which baffles me since it is so heavily marketed.
However, there are the typical brown tourist information signs which indicate where tourists hotspots are.
Remember to check your oil, water and air tyre levels before you leave each day.
Petrol stations are available on the NC500, petrol is obviously more expensive than other areas of the country and it is wise to fill up whenever you see a station (some are manned, others are self-use machines like in Durness).
If this itinerary seems daunting, let someone else do the driving! There are now three NC500 tours.
Car hire is available in the main airports or cities.
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness city and airports all have car rental pickups, Dundee city also has options.
You will need your driving license and a credit card to hire a car in the UK. I used to work for Avis Rent Car in Edinburgh and Glasgow (while I studying at university), I always recommend taking out the additional insurance.
This is a personal preference. If you are a whisky lover, start at the east and hit the many distilleries with a designated driver then you will have the thrill of the west coast as you hit the second half.
If you love turquoise seas with white sands start at the West Coast and take on the Bealach na Ba into Applecross!
Which way to do you go? Tell me in the comments below!
Is the North Coast 500 Signposted?
There are signs but these don’t mention the NC500 so you will need to know what location you are looking for.
The signs are the general brown tourist information signs (because the NC500 was set up by a collection of private companies and not Visit Scotland).
Where Does the North Coast 500 Start?
The official start is at Inverness but there are many areas you might want to explore before you go such as Glenfinnan (Harry Potter train viaduct), Kyle of Lochalsh (Eilean Donan Castle) and the Cairngorms.
What is Camping Around the NC500 Like?
The NC500 can be done on a budget thanks to hostels and campsites dotted around the route.
There are many well-equipped campsites dotted around the NC500 route, some need to be booked in advance, others are a free-for-all. Many welcome motorhomes, as well as tents and, have electrical spots for rent.
Please consider that the NC500 camping grounds have been holiday destinations for families long before the route was created.
You can wild camp on the NC500 too! Do we aware of the wild camping rules which we discuss extensively in our guide to camping on the North Coast 500.
Oh, I can’t forget to mention the wee problem of midges! Keep reading to find out more.
Is the North Coast 500 suitable for motorhomes?
Yes, it is but they are an annoyance to locals. Work on driving your motorhome (rented or owned) before heading north and do be cautious of how tricky the Bealach na Bá is to drive in a small car nevermind large motorhome.
Yes, it’s true; Scotland’s weather is temperamental.
The spring to summer months of April to July enjoys more sunshine but the weather can change quickly to rain and the wind.
The winter months of November to February are best to be avoided.
The weather can have a great impact on Scotland’s infrastructure, A roads become more dangerous and ferries are prone to closure.
Naturally, Scotland sees more daylight in the summer months where you can expect up to 17 hours, this drops to as low as 6 hours in winter so consider this when planning your Scotland NC500 trip. Then there are our local fiends, the midges.
What are Midges?
Nicaragua has Mosquitos; the North Coast 500 has midges! Midges are small flying insects that nip the skin and leave a mark.
These bites are often itchy, some people swell up in reaction to the bites (bizarrely I react like Quasimodo to mosquitos abroad but not midges in Scotland), others do not even notice them.
How do I Avoid Midges?
You can’t, they are attracted to the C02 in your breath, so unless you stop breathing (I don’t suggest this option) you are most likely to meet one and then their pals along the way. After they recognise the CO2 they look for other things like odour, heat, movement, until they find your juicy skin.
You can, however, avoid areas of high midge count like still and humid conditions at dusk (like you would with mosquitos).
They don’t like the wind so although it may be ruining your holiday photos, it is keeping the mass midge party at bay.
They hate hot summers, we don’t but they don’t happen often unfortunately although we cannot complain since we have that lush green landscape.
How Can I Repel Midges?
There are two options, avoid the above conditions and times of year (tricky if you are camping or even moving out side a car) or purchase a repellent such as Avon So Soft US / UK.
That’s Midges Sorted, How Do I Avoid The Crowds?
The Scottish schools go back the second week in August so Summer officially ends for families then.
The holidays begin at the end of June so, to avoid the route as its busiest I would suggest crossing out July.
Avoid the busier towns like Ullapool (I don’t really want to say that because I love Ullapool) and opt for camping stead of booked accommodation.
The Dark Side of the North Coast 500
I was elated to see my home country gain so much attention through the North Coast 500 advertisement however not everyone is.
Many locals feel that the infrastructure around the Highlands is not set up for this number of family cars, sports cars and campervans.
A park ranger we met in Ullapool showed disgust to the way that holidaymakers were treating the NC500 environment especially to those who are using the side of the road as a toilet (for a number two).
They said that there is a greater need for facilities. So please be cautious that you are using the roads that locals use every day, treat nature with respect and use the flipping loos on your coffee stops.
Scotland operates on a ‘leave no trace’ policy. Please respect that. Take everything with you, including fruit skin which takes time to decompose.
Littering is a criminal offence so you will be fined if caught. Just don’t be a moron.
Motorhomes and campervans should dispose of waste at one of the designated campsites on the NC500. Read more here.
Our NC500 Guides
We have written extensively about the NC500 to help you during your planning:
Get transported to your favourite Outlander locations! Outlander tours (Scotland) will whisk you away to walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire at the grand entrance of Castle Leoch, maybe pick herbs in Claire’s herb garden and stroll the cobbled streets of Cranesmuir. Our guide to Outlander tours in Scotland includes day trips and multi-day tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as a popular Edinburgh walking tour.
Outlander, originally a series of books by author Diana Gabaldon, has taken the world by storm since being made into a British-American hit TV show.
Outlander has fans worldwide and sees visitors flocking to Scotland to tour the sites used during filming. Starting in 1945 Scotland Claire, played by Catriona Balfe, is a wartime nurse who returns to her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) who whisks her away to ‘Inverness’ for a second honeymoon.
Here, after finding a collection of standing stones, Claire is hurtled back in time to Jacobite Scotland where she meets Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Now showing Seasons 1-6 and season 7 confirmed, the show is massively popular.
The Outlander filming locations, mainly in Scotland, have seen their visitor numbers double, even triple and you too can see the sights of this hit show with Outlander tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
But aren’t some seasons set in the US?
Don’t be fooled by Jamie and Claire’s immigration to North Carolina, Scotland’s locations were still used for filming!
Best Outlander Tours Scotland
Why should you book a tour of Scotland’s Outlander sites? There are a couple of reasons why visiting the hotspots as part of a tour is better than doing it alone.
Tranport in Scotland
Although Scotland’s cities are well connected by train lines, many of the Outlander filming locations are not in the city.
For example, the stunning Hopetoun House’s (season one, two, three and four) closest train station is Dalmeny (South Queensferry) but it takes at least one hour to walk from Dalmeny to Hopetoun House.
Scotland’s infrastructure is notoriously poor. The further north you go, the worse it gets.
Expect Sunday service for buses every day of the week.
Our ‘A’ rounds (single track) in the Highlands and on the West Coast are not for everyone, cautious drivers may not enjoy the experience.
The Outlander Effect
The Outlander Effect is real, most locations have seen an increase in footfall (more people visiting = busy), Doune Castle enjoyed a 91% increase in customers!
Tours often have pre-arranged time slots so you don’t have to fight your way through the crowds.
You get more bang for your buck with Outlander tours. They include transport, knowledgeable and passionate guides and often entry fees.
Tour guides will give you more than just Outlander information, you get to spend time with a real local. One of my favourite things about tours is being able to ask questions about real-life topics!
Bonus reason – you get to spend the duration of the trip with fans, I’m sure you can find at least one thing in common (Jamie?)
This Outlander day tour leaves from Scotland’s biggest (and best?!) city, Glasgow and not only focuses on the show locations but also the Jacobite story.
Looking for more around the city? Stop by Glasgow University’s in the West End (where Gemma graduated!)
The 4th oldest university in the English speaking languages is used as the show’s Harvard University where Frank teaches.
Close to the University, you will find Kelvingrove Park aka Outlander’s Boston Park. In the city centre, head to the Glasgow Cathedral to see where Claire volunteers as a nurse at L’Hospital Des Anges in Paris.
Doune Castle, home of the Clan MacKenzie as well as Deanstoun Distillery, Jamie’s cousin’s warehouse.
Culross (Claire’s garden) and Falkland (Inverness) in the Kingdom of Fife.
Blackness Castle headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
Meeting point: 266 George Street, Glasgow (08:30).
Notes: refreshment stops along the way including a stop at Deanston Distillery.
The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore is a favourite location used by the Outlander production team.
With the mighty Cairngorm mountains set as a backdrop, the 17th-century township really makes you feel like you are in the heart of the gritty Jacobite Highlands and lucky for us, it is live all year around.
You can witness how people used to live.
The township was used in the rent episode where Claire helped Dougal to collect the rent. Every year the museum holds an Outlander day where you can “waulk the wool”, sing traditional songs and meet traditional crafters, Highland cows and fellow fans.
3. Doune Castle, Outlander
Another of the most popular locations, Doune Castle in Perthshire, was the setting for Outlander Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his Clan.
This 14th-century courtyard castle was also used for Monty Python and the Holy Grail and (this is a lesser-known) it was Winterfell in the pilot of Game of Thrones.
A castle of many talents! Update 2018, Netflix Outlaw King also used Doune Castle as Black Douglas’s home. Find out more here.
Doune Castle, Outlander
4. Falkland Outlander
Falkland, in the Kingdom of Fife, stood in for 1945 and 1960’s Inverness. The original thatched roof houses, cobbled streets and the pretty square made it the ideal location. Here you’ll find
Mrs Baird’s B&B (which is actually functioning accommodation, check out availability at The Covenanter Hotel).
Bruce Fountain where Jamie watches Claire in the window.
Campbell’s Coffee Shop (same name in real life).
Farrell & Sons Hardware store [Fayre Earth shop – repainted] is where Claire sees the blue vase.
Pre-Outlander effect, Falkland was a lovely village to visit, it’s great to see the show give visitors a catalyst to visit.
Falkland features as the 1940’s location in season one and then is revisited in season two when we skip to the 1960s Inverness.
If you want to see first hand what Scottish villages were like in the 17th-century visit Culross in the Kingdom of Fife.
This time warp is often said to be one of the most picturesque villages in the UK. Culross was used a lot during filming as Cranesmuir.
The ochre (yellow) Palace was used in filming and Claire’s herb garden is, in fact, the palace’s gardens, which you can explore.
The Mercat Cross was where the little boy had his ear nailed to the post and Geillis Duncan’s house is behind it.
A lot of Outlander action for such a small (but cute) village.
Dunfermline, next to Culross made it into the best places to visit in Scotland this year. Find out more here.
» » Let someone else do the driving. Read our review of the Outlander Explorer Day Tour « «
7. Bo’ness Railway
If you fancy a trip on a steam train while you are in Scotland why not visit Bo’ness Railway Station and take a journey on the same train Claire waved from? You can even have afternoon tea on board!
8. Blackness Castle
The formidable Outlander Blackness Castle, overlooking the Firth of Forth was the perfect choice as the show’s version of Fort William.
The castle was once used as a prison and a military fort and was built purely for defence. The courtyard was the setting for the horrific scene of Jamie’s whipping and where Claire and Jamie ran along the walls to escape.
9. Midhope Castle aka Lallybroch
Yes, you can visit the home of Jamie at Lallyborch and see where he was flayed (whipped) at the archway.
This spot is usually very busy with tourists so you have to be patient!
The building cannot be accessed, only the exterior was used in filming Outlander, like many of the locations on the Outlander tours.
10. Outlander Standing Stones
So where is Craigh na Dun? Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist, but you can see where it was filmed if you look hard enough.
On the long, winding road between Queens View, near Pitlochry, to the village of Kinloch Rannoch, you may spot the hill, with the trees.
The producers added the stones. I have travelled this road at least ten times since I knew of the filming and I’ve yet to find it but I know others have. I know it’s on the left-hand side, that’s about it, so if you happen to spot it let me know.
Glencoe is shown off beautifully at the very start at the opening credits and it’s the perfect place to truly see what makes Scotland so special.
If you ask any Scottish travel lover what their favourite place is in Scotland most will say Glencoe. The huge, majestic mountains tower above you as you travel through and the scenery around you is truly stunning.
This Outlander tour review is a collaboration with Gemma (Two Scots Abroad) and Nicola (FunkyEllas Travel). Nicola is a Scottish Travel blogger from, you guessed it, Scotland. She likes to inspire people to visit with epic tales from around the country. Nicola explores with daughter and pup and loves nothing better than a forest walk, a castle ruin or a beautiful beach. She loves the outdoors, colourful villages, quirky places to stay and good food to eat. A little Outlander obsessed and thrilled that it’s being filmed in Scotland so she can visit the filming locations. She’s also over the moon that it’s promoting Scotland’s stunning scenery.
Affectionately known for its tartan, Tunnock’s teacakes and tots of whisky, gifts from Scotland are an obvious choice for friends and family who pine for Pitlochry or go gaga over Glencoe.
Here is a jam-packed guide to gifts from Scotland as well as Alba-themed gifts for homes, wardrobes, bellies and bodies. Featuring gifts for women, men, new babies, weddings, and Outlander fans! Consider the following items when planning care packages for loved ones too. Stick around until gift item number 50, I think you’ll like it…
New! I’m very excited to announce that I’ve created a six-round Scotland trivia quiz for you to play with friends and family over Zoom and other video call software.
The quiz includes six rounds, three bonuses, one free lookbook and a free Spotify playlist for you to get ready to! Find out more here.
Scottish Gifts For Her
1. DNA Testing
So how Scottish are you?
This DNA testing kit (click here for US and here for UK) takes two minutes to conduct and you receive your results within 3-4 weeks!
The results reveal the paths of your ancestors from over 42 regions.
All you have to do is swab your cheek and send it away to the experts.
2. Plaid Poncho/Cape/Shawl
I absolutely adore the versatility of ponchos, capes and shawls. They can cover up in cold weather, be used as blankets for picnics or cars, and bags when cut short at the shop (avoid paying 5p!)
Graham cashmere men’s ribbed socks US / UK are breathable yet luxurious and hand-knitted in Hawick, Scotland.
11. Oor Wullie Colouring Book
Every year my uncle used to get the annual Oor Wullie book for Christmas, it brings back fond memories of festive times. Did you know the Oor Wullie was featured in Dundee’s D.C. Thomson newspaper, The Sunday Post? You do now!
There are two different types of nostalgic colouring-in books available, Oor Wullie US / UK and The Broons.
12. Cute Nessie Clothing
Do you believe? Not just Father Christmas needs your faith, Nessie the Lock Ness Monster does too.
Since gin bottles from the likes of Edinburgh Gin and Isle of Harris gin are super attractive these days (sorry Gordon’s), they really compliment the bold coloured light shades.
We got the green shade for my Mum’s birthday (she has mustard decor). The kit comes with the shade and light fittings, all you need to add is the bottle – empty of course. Winning combo present for Scotland gin lovers! I’ve YouTubed how to do it yourself, not worth the effort.
No Scotland themed gifts guide would be complete without some mention of the national flower! This wood metamorphosis art piece displays the thistle silhouette cut out of wood (obviously) and framed.
This piece is 11 inches in height and 15.3 in width. UK shipping only annoyingly, sorry.
17. Scotland Prints
My friend Kathi actually took these images. She’s a very talented Glasgow-based creative. Check out the highland coo print and many others at her store on Etsy here.
18. Scotland Beer Map
I first saw the American States version of this a year or so ago and thought – genius. I’m really pleased to see a Scotland edition now since the country is craft beer daft! Pop your beer tops in the correct location slots and display the Scotland beer map with pride.
Since Glasgow is the city of music why not test your knowledge of Scottish rock, pop and indie at the Glasgow Music Tour?
Jonathon and the team really put on a good show while sharing their stories of music journalism and their experience of the Glasgow music scene while taking you around the cool venues in the city. I learnt a lot during my tour which I was genuinely surprised at!
25. Glasgow West End Whisky Tour
Although Edinburgh may be better known for its tours, Glasgow really packs some punches with its uniqueness, and we wouldn’t expect anything less of Scotland’s coolest city.
Moving away from the city centre landmarks, this whisky tour takes you to bars with personality to taste a tott or two (four whisky bars to be exact).
I can’t advertise Scotland gifts for the biggest city without discussing the capital, Edinburgh! Meet this high-quality art print of an Edinburgh map US / UK. It really is a neat and stylish present which would go with many decors.
27. Edinburgh Castle Rock(s)
Not to be confused for a box of chalk crayons, Ross’s Edinburgh Castle Rock [UK/US] comes in pastel colours and a variety of fruity flavours (not like your traditional mint rock). This childhood throwback is guaranteed to crumble and also get stuck in your teeth!
28. Beer Soap – Tae Wash Yer Mooth Oot Wi
Edinburgh Beer Soap (U.S only) is made with Innis and Gunn Scottish Ale.
Other ingredients include sandalwood and musk, balanced with lavender, jasmine, and oakmoss. Can be used to bathe, shave and wash to wash your hair.
23 of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket and Calton Hill are featured in this delightful paperback colouring-in book US / UK. Edinburgh souvenirs don’t have to be tacky!
Expect tales of grave robbing, plague victims and spooky stories based around Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Plus a celebratory drink to calm the nerves.
32. Old Town Brewing Heritage Tour (with Beer Tastings)
Edinburgh is craft beer daft now and luckily for you, there is an Old Town walking tour that tops you up with history and craft beer!
Learn just how much Scotland’s capital has relied on the beer revenue and how it shaped the city we know today. Multiple beer stops included of course!
33. Edinburgh Castle
Give them access to one of the top things to do in Edinburgh, visit the Castle. Get the line skip here.
34. Edinburgh Secret Food Tour (Whisky Included)
Fancy more than just beer?
Don’t be put off by the sound of haggis, Edinburgh has an eclectic dining scene and this 3-hour guided food tour will introduce you to the traditional Scottish food and something extra special.
Whisky fans will like this tour, malt tasty is included.
More Whisky Gifts
35. Scratch + Sniff
Please don’t hang me for advertising a whiskey with an ‘e’ product but this book was too good not to share – Scratch & Sniff book US / UK.
The witty, illustrated book takes you on a path of discovery – not self-discovery quite yet (three tots in maybe) to educate you on Scotch, Rye, Irish and Scottish. A fun way to become a connoisseur.
36. A Bar on a Barrel
The whisky cask is sought after for home interior design and this barrel is nicely decorated with a map of the whisky regions so you can plot your next ‘water of life’ road trip (with a designated driver) while you have a swally.
The glasses sit on the Outer Hebrides sourced Harris Tweed mat to avoid harming the barrel and to add that splash of Scotland.
One of my favourite artists is a Scottish lass called Claire Draws. She creates a whole catalogue of funny Scottish gifts such as tote bags with ‘top ginger’ on them and ‘Aye’ necklaces in bold colours. Very cheeky and full of Scottish banter.
These fetching Bawbags US / UK brought about a laugh in Japan! Meet my husband Craig…
39. Whisky Flavoured Condoms
McCondom US only fun products of a serious nature’ – enough said! I threw a packet in with my friend’s new baby gift 😉
If the colouring booking didn’t whet your appetite consider the cookbook! Forget the lonely bowl of porridge Claire consumed and turn the pages for pancakes, beer-battered cord fritters and Black Jack Randall’s Dark Chocolate Lavender Fudge.
Outlander Kitchen US / UK is created by professional chef Theresa Carle-Sanders.
46. Outlander Calendar 2021
What are the odds of getting an Outlander fan in secret Santa at work this Christmas? Be ahead of the game and order your 2021 Outlander Calendar.
47. Outlander Note and Card Set
Swept off your feet with the romance in Outlander? Now you can create your own love story with this Outlander deluxe note card set US / UK.
The set includes 192-page ruled journal, 20 elegant notecards and envelopes, and 20 stickers – all inspired by the show.
Look forward to your guests asking where you got it from!
Don’t forget to check out our
Scotland Trivia Quiz!
I could honestly go on and on researching and recommending Scotland inspired gifts, especially the ones from the young creatives like me!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this guide to Scottish gift ideas and have managed to purchase something for your loved ones. Apologies that most of the Scottish gifts made in Scotland don’t deliver outside of the U.K but now you have (yet another) excuse to come and visit Caledonia.
Nothing says love like wiping the snot from your husband’s face whilst dangling upside down. Move over Spiderman, this is true romance. Craig and I (Gemma) took the plunge, falling 132 feet from a bridge, faces painted with the saltire; bungee jump in Scotland style. Don’t believe us? We have the GoPro Hero 6 footage to prove it, snots and all.
Bungee jump Scotland
This was my second bungee jump (bunjee jump? Who knows how to spell it) and Craig’s initiation into the world of ‘swinging’. I first joined the club over a decade ago in New Zealand, throwing myself off Auckland Bridge. During the run-up to this adventure day out, I was more horrified about the time which had passed since my last jump than the actual activity itself. This was Craig’s first bungee so I thought I’d give him some moral support via a hug – an involuntary one in the form of a tandem bungee.
Bungee jump Perth
Was is a Tandem Bungee Jump?
Most jumpers fly solo, which allows you to dive forward or fall backwards. A tandem bungee is when you are attached to another person, side by side, not layered like a skydive (next on my itch-list). During a tandem you cannot dive, you wrap your arm around your sidekick’s back and hold on for dear life. It’s inevitable that you will end up cuddling during the flight.
Was the Killiecrankie Bungee Terrifying?
Craig, as cool as ever, had no qualms about the jump, until…
He was creeping towards the edge. The jovial support workers hooked us up, shuffled us along then Craig froze while tilted over the near-frozen River Garry in Perthshire! Too late, we were off. The flight was exhilarating, and like all good things, over too quickly. We giggled a lot as we came to, there’s no getting away from that embrace.
The dangling bit is never pleasant, both faces resembling a beetroot as the pulley was dropped and we were on our way up again.
There’s a reason that GoPro is top of their game. The bungee jump footage was crystal clear, regardless of potential flailing arms (well done Craig, you excelled yourself filming our jump). We were able to film in a ‘wide mode’, which meant we could capture both of us jumping, and some of the landscape.
Regardless of filming in 1080 resolution (best for phones), the image still looks fantastic on our mammoth iMac screen.
I can’t lie, I was really nervous about filming with the GoPro in case we (Craig) messed up the footage or the GoPro didn’t play ball. It’s very obvious when it is filming as a red flashing light appears.
I also like that it tells you how much battery and file space you have left.
Best GoPro Equipment for a Bungee Jump?
Anxious, as always, I asked online ‘what type of GoPro mount should I use for a bungee?’
1. Chest Harness
Attaching the GoPro to the chest would mean that the video footage filmed the flight and landscape but not our faces. I wasn’t massively keen on this because I wanted to see Craig’s reaction/fear. A positive of the harness is that the GoPro is not at risk of falling off and the footage should be steady. The company at Killiecrankie bungee recommended this option.
2. Selfie Stick
If you can hold the selfie stick straight during the jump and remember to position the camera at your face, this would be a great option and there are definitely great YouTube videos of jumpers doing it well. We decided against the selfie stick since it was our first time using the GoPro Hero 6 and there was no attachment to connect to the wrist; cue panic, letting go and losing the camera to the River Garry.
Note: we used a cheaper selfie stick with our crappy old action cam and you can really feel the difference in quality. The GoPro selfie stick is sturdy, the moving sections allow for more flexibility and better angles. The camera grip is strong. You could knock someone out with it but it’s not too heavy for storage. We used it for the car ride imagery and the interview.
3. Wrist mount GoPro
This is the option we opted for. The GoPro wrist mount felt secure, we could angle the camera to face us and because Craig held his arm straight like a bird with wings we were captured during the jump. I am really happy with the footage. What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.
A workaround is to download the videos to my phone from the GoPro app then upload via the Quik app, this worked better than the Quik app locating the footage from the GoPro.
Quik allows you to snip, edit, add/remove sound, add music and text as well as packages it up in a theme for you.
It’s easy to use for short videos, it recommends how long they should be and has a fast and slow-motion function too, which is great for building momentum! Here’s our first attempt. Watch out for the snot! Volume up to hear Craig scream…
Would we bungee jump again, hell yes! Will we be filming another adventure activity in Scotland? I really hope so. Scotland is so much more than just Outlander, bus trips to battlegrounds and the Isle of Skye and we can’t wait to explore more, camera in hand (or on the hand!)
Are you brave enough? Tell us in the comments below.