The coast of Scotland is full of quaint villages that nestle in between the rugged moor land and commanding mountains. The best way to see all this beautiful stretch of coast has to offer is to hire a car and tour at your own pace, from village to village stopping off at the many fine bed and breakfasts. The coast of Scotland includes lochs and wonderful examples of British wildlife at times it is possible to imagine yourself at the mouth of a Scandinavian Fjord.
Scotland possesses some fine examples of coastal villages but one worthy of excursion in a hire car is Plockton, made famous by the BBC TV show ‘Hamish Macbeth’ it is located near Kyle of Lochalsh. The village has the highland cattle wandering through it that were part of the show so be sure to drive carefully in your hire car. The whitewashed houses are quaint in appearance and the palm tress that sit along the main high street are a strange accompaniment considering the harsh weather in Scotland.
A short drive around Kyle of Lochalsh in your hire car gives the opportunity to see some of the indigenous wildlife. Otter and seal watching tours operate frequently during the summer months. Predominantly in glass bottomed boats the tours offer great experiences seeing these magical creatures in their natural habitats. There is also a World War Two shipwreck that is arguably one of the best diving experiences in Britain.
If a lover of wildlife the village of Cromarty in the vicinity of Inverness makes an ideal excursion in a hire car. Here it is possible to see bottlenose dolphins, seals and porpoises on boat tours, minke whales are even viewable along this stretch of coast. Scotland does have some fascinating wildlife and along the coast is where you will find some of the best sea life in all of Britain.
If history appeals to you Scotland will not disappoint. Touring the villages in your hire car be sure to stop off at Culcross. This historical town in Fife is believed to be the birthplace of St Mungo and its whitewashed tile buildings will take you back centuries. The town also has a amazing history of witch executions where it is believed that almost four thousand witches were executed between the mid sixteenth and early eighteenth century.
Fishing is an integral part to the coastal life of Scotland, so ensure your hire car is large enough to fit your tackle. Most of the villages possess small harbours and off shore fishing is one of the most popular tourist pass times. Not only is off shore fishing popular but the many lochs that are located near the coast offer marvellous specimens for anglers; salmon of course is a speciality.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a round of golf. As the birthplace of this artful game the coast has some excellent links courses. Dealing with the sand and the strong winds will keep all levels of golfer entertained; again ensuring your hire car is large enough to cater for all your clubs is a prerequisite.
The beaches along the coast of Scotland are as beautiful as they are rugged; the Silver Sands beach near Aberdour has been voted one of the finest beaches in all of Britain. Whether it is warm enough to take a dip is questionable but walking and taking in the pure sea air is a delight that should not be missed.
Touring the coastal villages of Scotland in a hire car will suit all manner of visitor. Families will enjoy the wildlife and wide open spaces while couples will love the romantic hideaways and peaceful idylls that dot the coastline. For the more active fishing and golf are plentiful ensuring even the most restless of traveller will be entertained. The Scottish coast truly has something for all comers.