My husband and I live near London and want to take a three-day weekend road trip to Scotland. Is it possible to get a real Scottish experience in such a short amount of time? What sites, hotels, parks, or restaurants will really give us the full affect of the culture?
I used to drive from near Heathrow up to Fort William - it was about a 12-15 hour drive depending on traffic.
If you are determined to drive, then I would pick one town and head for that - such as Edinburgh, which is amazing. You could concentrate on the castle, the old historical sites, the nice restaurants etc.
Glasgow is good and if you are coming from West London is an easyish drive - straight up basically, past Manchester, the Lakes, Penrith etc and then to Glasgow. Glasgow has a lot of heritage but is more "gritty" than Edinburgh. But if you are happy to drive, then you could also head out to the Trossochs or one of the lochs for the day or go walking in Glencoe which is stunning.
If you wanted to break the journey, I stayed in a fab B&B in Arnside called No 43 http://www.no43.org.uk/ which was a great place and really well located. over 8 years ago