Road trips are inherently American thanks to the likes of Kerouac, Route 66, and perhaps most of all, the Station Wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Meanwhile, over in Scotland, road trips aren’t as common. This may be because you can drive to the most southerly point of England quicker than you can cross some states. Where is the adventure in that, you might ask?
Road trips are much more than just getting to a destination, they are about everything in between, and Scotland is teeming with sights and experiences for the savvy road tripper. That’s why here at NTSUSA we have created our Summer Road Trip Series for those planning to visit (and drive!) in Scotland.
Road Trip Series Part 1 takes you on the road just north of Edinburgh, where you will pass through the Royal Burgh of Culross, Falkland Palace, and an ice cream shop in the coastal town of St Andrews. Total drive time: 1 hr 55 min, not including the stops.
- A – Culross
- B – Falkland Palace
- C – Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
- D – St Andrews (including Jannetta’s Gelateria!)
- E – Kellie Castle
Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Burgh of Culross, one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland with cobbled streets and an ochre-coloured palace. Get a sense of what it would have been like to live in Culross Palace in its prime, with original painted woodwork and beautifully restored 17th and 18th-century interiors.
Afterwards, it’s only a 45 minute drive through the heart of Fife towards Falkland Palace. Insider Tip: If Fife and Culross feel familiar, you are probably an Outlander fan! Both locations feature in a number of scenes filmed between late 2013 and summer 2014. For all you need to know about NTS filming locations —> Discovering Outlander.
Upon your arrival at Falkland Palace you will explore the country residence of the Royal Stuarts, adored by Mary, Queen of Scots. Discover the oldest original real tennis court in Britain, and stroll around the Palace’s beautiful garden and orchard.
It’s time to hit the road again, this time heading towards Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve. You can find pine-scented forest, windswept sands and a wonderful range of wildlife at Tentsmuir. If you’re lucky you may see squirrels in the trees and seals basking on the shore.
Then, drive through the town of Leuchars and into St Andrews. Here you can grab a bite to eat from one of over 60 restaurants and cafes. Insider Tip: Do not miss out on trying an ice cream from the renowned Jannetta’s Gelateria, located on South Street. This family-run business has been serving the people of St Andrews for over 100 years, and we can assure you that the queue is definitely worth it!
The final stop on this road trip is Kellie Castle, where Medieval atmosphere meets Victorian style. The oldest parts date back to the 14th century, but the whole interior was overhauled in the late 19th-century by famous artistic family the Lorimers.
Keep an eye on our website and social media pages over the next few weeks to follow the rest of our Road Trip Series!