Scotland Road Trip: NC500 – Arisaig to Glasgow


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Day 7: Arisaig to Glasgow

Our main article – Driving Scotland’s North Coast 500: Our 7 day Road Trip – has links for each day.

Day 7 was the last day of our Scotland road trip. We were mostly in the car today. Total driving time is about 5 hours with 3 hours of exploring. The distance traveled was about 200 miles (340 km).

We left Arisaig at 9 am and arrived at the Glenfinnan Viaduct at 10:15 am. We walked to the lookout area, took our photos and decided not to wait another hour for the train to go through. There were many Harry Potter fans and train fanatics waiting patiently. We drove back through Fort William, and instead of taking the A82 through Glencoe and Bridge of Orchy, we drove down to Oban and across to Inverary before coming back into Glasgow down the Rest and Be Thankful, through Luss and Dumbarton. We arrived home at Newton Mearns on the south side of Glasgow by 5 pm after battling the afternoon traffic through Paisley.


Arisaig > Glenfinnan Viaduct > Oban > Cruachan > Inverary > Rest and Be Thankful > Paisley > Glasgow

Driving time (including stops)

  • 8 hours – 9 am to 5 pm


  • About 200 miles (340 km)


Home sweet home


  • Breakfast – Full Scottish breakfast options cooked to order by our Airbnb host. Delicious!
  • Lunch – Sausage supper (chips and battered pork sausage) from a Chippie in Oban.
  • Dinner – Chicken satay and rice – home-cooked frozen left-overs.

Our Journey



Glenfinnan Viaduct

We didn’t see the train go through, but…
This is what it looks like when the train is going past

Loch Linnhe to Oban






Driving along the Rest and Be Thankful back to Glasgow


Extra Thoughts

Our main article – Driving Scotland’s North Coast 500: Our 7 day Road Trip – has links for each day.

After this week away, we travelled to England for a week to make the most of our two weeks of holiday leave. Read about our holiday down to Cornwall (link coming soon).

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