Loch_Ness_PanoramaUsually I write these posts with a view to sharing any tips or insights I might have about a particular travel destination, but this time I’m writing with the hope of gaining some recommendations from Holiday Autos customers who have experience of fly-drive holidays in Scotland.

Last year, myself and Mrs.Gino spent a really wonderful few days in the west of Scotland when we attended the wedding of our friends’ daughter. We worked out the cost of petrol, looked at the price of train tickets and took into account the time it would take us to travel there from south London, and found it both cheaper and quicker to fly into Glasgow Prestwick Airport and hire a car from there.

The wedding was held in a very pretty town called Drymen (pronounced drummon), just an hour’s drive north of the airport near Loch Lomond at a hotel called the Clachan. It was a great event, but the highlight of our trip was the two days which followed in which we had some time to explore some of the region.

Neither of us had been before, but had heard that the town of Balloch was the entry point to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We parked the car there at the Lomond Shores retail point on the water’s edge to take a walk, but our stay was brief. What we wanted was some tranquillity and this spot was very busy so we left in favour of venturing along the western edge of the Loch along the A82, and this is where we found the Scotland we had imagined. This road took us along winding country roads, past Highland heffers and rather curiously, a field filled entirely with black sheep. Early in the morning, a fine mist hovered across the Loch which cleared by midday to reveal green pastures, rolling hills and a fresh blue sky. Living in south London makes you miss spaciousness in a way that’s difficult to describe; being there was like escaping confinement and coming up for air – it was heavenly.

Anyway, because we enjoyed those few days so much I’ve promised to take Mrs.Gino back to see more of Scotland. This time we’re going for a week in the middle of May, and have booked a good deal on flights and arranged to collect a hire car from Glasgow Airport. We plan to spend the first two days in the city, shopping and seeing the Pirates of Penzance at the Theatre Royal. After that, what we’d like to do is see more of the countryside and would very much appreciate any tips on scenic drives outside Glasgow that we could take. We enjoy walks, rural pubs and fresh seafood so if anyone knows of a good restaurant we’d be glad to hear about it.