Edinburgh to Inverness (196 miles)
In Edinburgh, rent a Mini Cooper S—a sporty classic that hugs the winding Scottish roads nicely—at Eastern Mini (rentals from $112 per day). Leaving town, take the A92 to the A915 and head for St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. Check out the first hole at the Old Course, where a public path crosses the famous fairway, then pop into the Peat Inn (lunch for two $51), just outside town, for roasted breast of pheasant and Ayrshire bacon. Back on the road, you’ll pass through green fields along the A913 before merging with the M90 and the A9, which leads to Inverness, the Highlands’ unofficial capital. Check in to Glenmoriston Townhouse (doubles from $208), a 30-room inn with views of the Ness River. For dinner, it’s the Mustard Seed (dinner for two $80), a 25-table restaurant set in a former church, serving up dishes like pan-seared fillet of salmon with soy-infused noodles.