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Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

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Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

Arriving by ferry from Belfast. Pick up hire car. How long will it take to drive to Inverness. Staying at B&B in Invermoriston. Traveling September 2010

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1. Re: Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

Around 6 hours depending on traffic. Try to get a ferry which avoids going through Glasgow late afternoon rush hour, especially on Fridays. Could put another 45 mins on your trip.

Is there ar eason for you doing it this way. Take an easyjet flight to Glasgow and pick up a car there.Will save you around 2 hours driving time.

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2. Re: Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

Thanks for responding. Just thought a trip on the ferry may be fun, no check in flights etc. and a drive through the heart of Scotland. Not a good idea?

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If you're not phased by early morning starts then this is a great way to travel. I like using ferries you always get to see a true cross section of life whilst on board. If you're still feeling sleepy stand on deck and the icy blast will soon wake you up. You may need to find your sea legs as the crossing can get a bit rough. Also mind the seagulls you tend to get a few hovering around in the hopes of getting some food. Some aren't adverse to taking it out of your hand!

As the previous poster mentioned it will take about two hours to drive from Stranraer to Glasgow and then another 4 or so hours from Glasgow to Inverness. Of course this doesn't include the odd stop along the way.

Or the other option is to leave Belfast the day before and pick somewhere in Scotland to stop for the night. This may mean that you don't need to have such an early start in Belfast plus it will give you plenty of time to take a leasurely drive through some of the UK most amazing scenery plus you can then include the odd stop on the way to take it all in.

For ideas on distance and directions have a look at theaa.com website and for ideas on places to stay in Scotland have a look at www.visitscotland.com.

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4. Re: Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

And be aware of speed cameras on a large section of the journey between Stranraer and just past Kilmarnock. They are average speed ones that time you over a distance so keep below 50 mph.

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5. Re: Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

Can't tell you much about the Stranraer-Glasgow leg but the good news is that Invermorriston is a long way short of Inverness. The A82 is a beautiful scenic drive which takes in Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe (although it's quite a slow road).

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6. Re: Driving time between Stranraer & Inverness

Getting the ferry to either Stranraer or Cairn Ryan will mean you see part of Scotland missed by the tourists.

The drive across Dumfries and Galloway is lovely. Let the rush of the ferry traffic clear and then take your time.

The A75 to Dumfries is the fast route which all the traffic takes. If you have time think about taking A712 (sometimes referred to as The Queen's Drive) from Newton Stewart, which takes you through Galloway Forest Park, the small settlement of New Galloway and eventually rejoin A75 at Crocketford. It is a slower road but gets less traffic and the scenery is superb. If you do this make sure you stop for the "Glen of the Bar" viewpoint (signed layby on the right hand side of the road about 15-20min after Newton Stewart just after you enter Galloway Forest Park.


From Dumfries either take A701 to Moffat for the M74 OR take the 'slow road' A76 to Killmarnock and then Glasgow.


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