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Driving from Chester, UK to Glencoe, Scotland in one day. Am I crazy?

We are planning to drive (first time driving in the UK or traveling this route) from Chester, UK to Glencoe in one long day, leaving Chester very early (no later than 7am), is it unrealistic to think we can make it to Glencoe?

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It’s a six-hour drive, so totally doable.

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6113 posts

It’s a 7 hour drive plus stops. We have driven from Manchester to Glencoe in one day, which is a similar distance, but we split the driving. I wouldn’t recommend just one driver covering this route. It is also useful to split the driving so that everyone gets a chance to look at the stunning scenery.

The first 230 miles to Glasgow is all motorway. The last 100 miles is by slower, sometimes narrower, winding roads which is when you will be more tired and when you need to focus more.

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33339 posts

just be prepared for unpleasant driving once you join the M6 motorway and obey the frequent lower speed limits in the unending construction zones

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1319 posts

Entirely doable. Not necessarily a barrel of laughs, but doable. Take it steady. Make a few stops en route. Once beyond Loch Lomond make sure scenery doesn’t distract you from driving (this bit can be tough in places).

Where do you plan to stay? I ask because most accommodation is a little way beyond Glencoe.

Ian

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Tebay Services on M6 is a normal recommended stop. Its unusual as its a family run business

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Thank you all for the variety of great advice. We haven’t reserved lodging yet in Glencoe but we’re thinking at The Glencoe Inn. Our intention was to drive A82 Glencoe Valley, and then Glen Etive. Walk around here and there (as much as we have time for) we need to be back in Glasgow by 2 pm on the 10th. Our goal is to experience a bit of the beautiful Highlands. A friend suggested lodging in Oban, but if we can get to Glencoe, it seems out of the way to go to Oban?

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1309 posts

Outdoorsy folk head to the Clachaig Inn,Glencoe who also do accomodation and it's a very chatty atmosphere

Was there last week,as I was last September and will on the end of my current Scottish travels

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1319 posts

While I’ve never actually stayed there, I’ve visited The Clachaig multiple times (got the t-shirts too!) and it is a bit marvellous!

Ian

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I checked into Clachaig as “chatty” sounds like what we are looking for, but they are sold out for 9 and 10 Sep. Looks like it might be a good place to go for a pint though! Thank you, will put it on my list for next time.