One week touring Scotland on your own
- Spend two nights in Edinburgh, the charming capital of Scotland.
- Explore the beautiful landscapes of Scotland at your leisure by hire car.
- Discover castles with long histories and famous whiskey distilleries.
- Drive along Loch Ness and try to see the famous monster.
- Finish the trip in Glasgow, the country’s largest and most authentic city.
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
- In Edinburgh we recommend starting visiting the Royal Palace of Holyrood and go up by "Royal Mile" .
- Drive by at the coastal area "East Neuk" with picturesque fishing villages, and down to St. Andrew's, the famous golf course.
- The "Whisky Trail" through the main distilleries in Scotland.
- Loch Ness and Loch Lomond where you can see the exhibition on "Nessie" the elusive monster that lives in the lake.
- The old town of medieval Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.
Day 1: Flight to Edinburgh.
Arrive at your airport of origin 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Edinburgh. Check-in and flight departure to Edinburgh. On arrival, you’ll pick up your hire car for transfer to the city and transport for the whole week. Check in to your hotel in Edinburgh and spend the remainder of the day discovering the capital of Scotland. Night in Edinburgh.
Day 2: Edinburgh.
You’ll have the whole day to enjoy Edinburgh. The best place to start is Holyrood Palace and then head up the Royal Mile, which takes you past the most famous buildings in the centre of the city. The Royal Mile ends at Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the whole city and is home to the Scottish crown jewels. As well as the historic centre, also outstanding is the new city with its Georgian architecture, the Royal Botanic Garden and the Scottish National Gallery. Night in Edinburgh.
Day 3: St Andrews and the castles.
Leaving the city by the spectacular bridges over the River Forth, you’ll come to the Fife peninsula. We recommend travelling through the coastal area of East Neuk with its picturesque fishing villages to get to St Andrews. This city, the birthplace of golf, is home to the Old Course, the most famous golf course in the world. It is also a very beautiful city with evocative castle ruins and a cathedral in the centre. Spend the afternoon visiting two of the most famous castles in the country: Blair Castle, very aristocratic and with its own army, and the ruins of Dunottar Castle, located on a spectacular promontory overlooking the sea. Night in Aberdeen. 150 miles.
Day 4: The Whisky Trail.
Start the day by visiting the old town of Aberdeen, notable for King’s College Chapel and St Machar’s Cathedral. Then, leave the city and enter the Grampian Mountains. Near the village of Dufftown, you’ll find the Whisky Trail, which takes in some of Scotland’s most famous distilleries. A visit to one of them is a must to find out more about the “water of life”. Spend the afternoon touring the Cairngorms National Park. If the weather is good, you can take a cable car to the top to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in Scotland. Night in Inverness, capital of the Highlands. 140 miles.
Day 5: Coast and islands.
Today is the day you’ll see some of Scotland’s most beautiful island and coastal landscapes in the area known as Wester Ross. It’s a long day so you should set off early. The route starts inland and takes you to the Falls of Measach. From there, you’ll head to the sea along Loch Broom. We recommend stopping to visit the botanical garden of Inverewe, before continuing along the beautiful Loch Maree to Plockton, the gateway to the Isle of Skye. Nearby is Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images. Along Lochcarron and through the wild highlands, you’ll return to Inverness. Night in Inverness. 250 miles.
Day 6: Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.
Start the day by travelling along the shore of Loch Ness where you can see the exhibition dedicated to “Nessie”, the elusive monster that lives in the loch. A visit to Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness is a must. Follow the Caledonian Canal to reach the sea at Fort William at the foot of mighty Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Britain). Spend the afternoon exploring the Trossachs National Park, the location of two of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs: Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. Night in Glasgow. 170 miles.
Day 7: Glasgow.
Spend the day exploring Scotland’s largest city. Start in the lively commercial centre with very interesting architecture. Then, visit the cathedral, the most beautiful in Scotland, and the old medieval district of Glasgow. The university district, surrounded by gardens, is very pleasant and home to the Kelvingrove Museum. If you like museums, the Burrell Collection, on the outskirts, is one of the best in Britain. Night in Glasgow.
Day 8: Return flight.
If you have an afternoon flight, we recommend stopping off in Stirling on the way to the airport. There, you can visit one of Scottish history’s most famous and iconic castles. Return your hire car to Edinburgh airport. Check in and fly back to your airport of origin. Arrival and end of trip. 55 miles.
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