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Hi All...please advise me on what's the best route to drive to Scotland and what are the best places to see and stay with my 6yr old in a wheelchair...we want to drive from Slough in Berkshire all the… Read More
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4m, 4w agoPosted 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Hi All...please advise me on what's the best route to drive to Scotland and what are the best places to see and stay with my 6yr old in a wheelchair...we want to drive from Slough in Berkshire all the way through and back and my little one wants to see the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness...we're hoping to go from 7th of April for 9/10 days in total...any advice would e appreciated..TIA
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4m, 4w agoPosted 4 months, 4 weeks ago
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If you would consider flying, you can go from Heathrow to inverness in an hour and a half, then hire a car from there. The there's the amazing North Coast 500 route https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/driving-road-trips/north-coast-500/
I'd recommend Glasgow as a great place for kids. Transport Museum is fully accessible, for instance.

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#1
M40,M6,M74,A9. I've started with the route. I'm sure somebody will be here soon on things to do and places to stay.

Enjoy your trip.
#2
It's up to you if you wish to go via Edinburgh or Glasgow. Edinburgh is an hour slower (10.5hours). To go via Glasgow m40 up to m6 toll on to m6 all way up to Gretna green then a74m/m74 up to Hamilton (near Loch Lomond) m73. M80 up to near Falkirk m9/a9 up to Inverness then b8082 and finally on to b862 to Loch Ness. If you then go back to Inverness and follow the a9 north it goes all the way up to Thurso so you can get to john I groats or you can take the a853 from Inverness (off a9) to take you in to highlands. Gooogle maps gives you the route.

Edited By: barrel24 on Feb 24, 2017 17:29: .
#3
that's a long drive , I take it u enjoy driving then and ur child likes long journeys not many different routes u can take. there's alot of road works on m6 and m62 and it's pretty bad traffic on it most days use to take about 1.10 going from stoke to bradford but these days ur luck getting there in under 2 hours that will be on part of your journey unless u want drive thru countryside beautiful views but the drive is even slower and a pretty difficult one if ur not use to steep and narrow countryside lanes good luck anyway. probably take m40 then m6 and m62 and so forth. I think there's really only one or 2 main roads into Scotland when u get closer but not sure exactly.
#4
Visit the kelpies at falkirk
#5
Also chanonry point inverness for the dolphins
[mod][Mod Team]#6
There are currently major works at the Raith Interchange just at Hamilton on M74. Should be ok if you just avoid peak times.

If you go to the Kelpies as cj41 suggested, I'd also recommend the Falkirk wheel which isn't far from there.
#7
Id fly to Edinburgh/ Glasgow and hire a car.

Your first 3-4 hours will be very uninteresting, boring and probably frustrating. Maybe split it up and have a day or two in the lake district?
#8
If you would consider flying, you can go from Heathrow to inverness in an hour and a half, then hire a car from there. The there's the amazing North Coast 500 route https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/tours/driving-road-trips/north-coast-500/
I'd recommend Glasgow as a great place for kids. Transport Museum is fully accessible, for instance.
#9
cj41
Visit the kelpies at falkirk
I was just going to say that. Nice and flat so great for a wheelchair.
#10
Go up west highland way via loch lomond to fort William and see Ben Nevis. Stunning scenery. From there follow the great Glen up to loch ness then on to Inverness. If you get a chance mallaig and Skye are pretty. From Inverness the choice is either north or back down south. Edinburgh is worth spending time in then back south via A1 and spend a couple of days in Northumbria. Beamish is great for a day out
#11
Go via Glasgow if you go via Edinburgh the traffic will kill you. I drove Norfolk to Arbroath & back in same day & that route was waaaaaaaay better.
#12
Theres heavy traffic on m8 near hamilton for next 10 weeks
#13
thank you so much All...
#14
Blaidrummond safari park is really good for kids if interested in animals and the weather is nice, but it's quite expensive. The birds of prey show is really good. It's near Stirling.
#15
Come to aviemore its cracking for kids lots to do and most if not all places will cater for any extra help your daughter may need.
#16
123batman321
Come to aviemore its cracking for kids lots to do and most if not all places will cater for any extra help your daughter may need.


sounds exaclty like what I'm looking for thanks....!
#17
There a lot of ground to cover so don't overdo it by trying to see too much. Choose a area like the West Coast route (Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis etc), East Coast (Falkirk, Edinburgh, Fife, Abedeenshire), Central Belt (Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Edinburgh) rather than try to cover everything. You can always go to another area next year if you have a good time. If you go through Ayrshire a little detour to check out the Electric Brae might be interesting. Park the car on the road pointing downhill, take off the handbrake and you roll back uphill! It's a trick of the scenery but it fascinates people of all ages - well it impressed me. As well as the Kelpies in Falkirk there's the Falkirk Wheel, which is an engineering marvel and you can see bits of the Antonine Wall (Hadrian's little brother) north of Glasgow..
#18
I wouldnt go anywhere near the M74 / M73 / M8 junction to the east of glasgow, its closed for 10 weeks from this week and you could hit some really bad delays depending on the time and day your going
#19
jase.2
I wouldnt go anywhere near the M74 / M73 / M8 junction to the east of glasgow, its closed for 10 weeks from this week and you could hit some really bad delays depending on the time and day your going



thanks
#20
ims2912
There a lot of ground to cover so don't overdo it by trying to see too much. Choose a area like the West Coast route (Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis etc), East Coast (Falkirk, Edinburgh, Fife, Abedeenshire), Central Belt (Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Edinburgh) rather than try to cover everything. You can always go to another area next year if you have a good time. If you go through Ayrshire a little detour to check out the Electric Brae might be interesting. Park the car on the road pointing downhill, take off the handbrake and you roll back uphill! It's a trick of the scenery but it fascinates people of all ages - well it impressed me. As well as the Kelpies in Falkirk there's the Falkirk Wheel, which is an engineering marvel and you can see bits of the Antonine Wall (Hadrian's little brother) north of Glasgow..


thank you
#21
If you are the only one driving it sounds a bit much. If you can afford to fly I would suggest a flight to Inverness, hire a car and discover the highlands. Then drive down to Glasgow see Loch Lomond, and Glasgow and fly back from there. Enjoy your trip. :)
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jase.2
I wouldnt go anywhere near the M74 / M73 / M8 junction to the east of glasgow, its closed for 10 weeks from this week and you could hit some really bad delays depending on the time and day your going



The traffic isn't bad going over this junction. So if you're going M74 - M73 in direction of Inverness, for instance, you will be fine. Will be usual slow traffic if you hit at rush hour, only problem is if you wanted to exit this junction and go on the M8, which you probably wouldn't be doing anyway. I'd say if you can time your arrival to junction 5 of the M74 to be the middle of the day(midweek) you'd be better off as it can be a nightmare going through these road works, in both directions.

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