This summer, we're heading on a road trip to take in the sights of Glencoe and Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands. You can make some great savings along the way with your Young Scot card from transport to accommodation and local attractions.
Day 1: Glasgow - Glencoe
Travel time to Glencoe by Citylink: 2 hours 44 minutes.
Travel time to Glencoe by Co-wheels car rental: 2 hours 22 minutes.
We’re starting the day from Glasgow but you can head to Glencoe from various locations around Scotland by coach and car. Have an early start and enjoy the summer morning by exploring the city of Glasgow, check out museums, shops or have a nice breakfast to set you up for the day! The coach to Glencoe departs from Glasgow Bus Station and you will be treated to some delightful scenery as you head out of the city, through Loch Lomond and into the Highlands.
River Clyde, Glasgow
Glencoe is a Highland paradise full of vast skies, mountainous landscapes and breathtaking views! You can get off the coach at Glencoe Crossroads and take a stroll around the pretty little Glencoe village which sits at the foot of the Glencoe Mountains where the River Coe flows into Loch Leven. You can also discover nature and wildlife on one of the many local walks.
The Glencoe National Nature Reserve is a short 15 minute walk from Glencoe Visitor Centre, another place you can get off the coach, or a 35 minute walk from the village. The Glencoe Visitor Centre is looked after by the National Trust for Scotland so you can visit for just £1 with your Young Scot card! It's the perfect place to get up close and personal with nature, climb mountains and take in the stunning views of the Glen. Glencoe has featured on films like Harry Potter, Braveheart and Skyfall so you’re sure to recognise some of it!
You’ll be knackered after your long day exploring Glencoe so have an early night in some local accommodation. Nearby accommodation includes B & Bs, camp sites and youth hostels. Why not stay at Hostelling Scotland’s Glencoe Youth Hostel, where you can take advantage of a Young Scot discount?
Day 2: Glencoe - Glenfinnan
Travel time to Glenfinnan by Citylink: 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Travel time to Glenfinnan by Co-wheels car rental: 53 minutes.
After a good nights sleep you will be ready to explore some more of the Highlands. How about heading to Glenfinnan to check out the Glenfinnan Monument and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter fame? You can get the coach from Glencoe to Glenfinnan with a change in Fort William.
You probably wont have much time to stop in Fort William if you want to make the most of your day at Glenfinnan, but you could add an extra day onto your trip! If you decided to do so, you could explore the town and visit the West Highland Museum for free. The museum focuses on the regional life and history of the area. If you fancy bagging the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, then remember to be prepared and factor in an extra time in Fort William. The ascent takes eight hours on average!
Fort William and Ben Nevis
If you don’t fancy stopping off in Fort William make the change at the bus station and hop on the coach headed for Glenfinnan.
Glenfinnan attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, who come to experience the stunning scenery and special atmosphere. From the bus stop you can walk to the Glenfinnan Viaduct (26 minute walk) or Glenfinnan Monument (10 minute walk). Glenfinnan Monument is a moving tribute to those who died fighting the Jacobite cause. While here you can join a guided tour and learn all about the history of the location among some incredible views. Again, as a National Trust for Scotland site you can visit for £1.
Day 2: Glenfinnan - Glasgow
Travel time to Glasgow by Citylink: 5 hours 37 minutes.
Travel time to Glasgow by Co-wheels rental: 3 hours and 9 minutes.
At the end of the day you can either stay the night in Glenfinnan at a local guesthouse or head back to Glasgow. The last coach back is at 16:36 which gets you back to Glasgow at 22:13.
All savings and timings were accurate at the time this article was published. Be sure to check your journey before you head off. Discounts mentioned in this article include: