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Introducing Scotland

The romantic landscapes and dramatic features of this small territory make travelers feel like the region is much larger than it actually is. Pair that with a friendly culture, plenty of outdoor adventure, and incredible seafood, and Scotland is the trip that stays with visitors long after they leave.

When is the best time to visit?
As a year-round destination with distinct seasons, travelers should pick the time they visit on what they plan to do. Spring, summer, and fall are better for outdoor recreation, while winter is a popular time to explore the holiday festivals and seasonal cheer.

Where to go in Scotland?
Delight your senses at the bright green rolling hills of the Isle of Skye, enjoy the fun-oriented culture of Glasgow, camp out or trek the mountains surround Loch Lomond, learn about the history and architecture of Edinburgh, and tour the distilleries of Islay.

Thinking about traveling around the United Kingdom? Learn more about planning a trip to England or Wales. Many travelers also combine their trip to the UK with a visit to Ireland.

How many days do I need?
You can briefly get to know Edinburgh in about 3 days, but to experience the breadth of opportunities Scotland has to offer, upwards of 1 or 2 weeks is much preferable.

Scotland Travel Insights

Ruins of St Andrews Castle in Fife, Scotland
Map of Discover Scotland - 9 Days
Discover Scotland - 9 Days

With historic cities, quaint towns and villages, beautiful countryside and some of the best whisky distilleries in the world, Scotland makes for a wonderfully diverse and relaxing vacation. Combining day trips to Glasgow, St. Andrews, and Loch Ness, you'll spend eight nights in Edinburgh taking in everything this historic capital has to offer. Wander centuries-old castles, tour modern galleries, and visit medieval seaside villages.

Glenfinnan Viaduct
Map of Discover the Scottish Highlands: Perthshire, Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis & Edinburgh - 9 Days
Discover the Scottish Highlands: Perthshire, Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis & Edinburgh - 9 Days

Begin your scenic Highlands tour in the rolling hills of Perthshire and head to Cairngorms National Park, famed for its royal summer visitors.  Meander through the Spey River Valley and its world-famous distilleries to the rugged coastline of the Moray Firth.  Next up is Torridon, an ancient wilderness that embodies the quintessential Highlands landscape.  The return journey takes you to the Great Glen and the majesty of Ben Nevis before ending your adventure in Edinburgh.

Etive Mor waterfall, Glencoe.
Map of Scottish Highlands Self-Drive Tour: Edinburgh, Inverness & Loch Ness - 8 Days
Scottish Highlands Self-Drive Tour: Edinburgh, Inverness & Loch Ness - 8 Days

Discover the enchanting history and dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands with this 8-day self-drive itinerary. Starting in Edinburgh,  drive north to the rugged highlands, where you’ll explore ancient castles, visit important battle sites, sail Loch Ness, and ride the world’s most scenic railway.

The Old Man of Storr overlooking Skye's coast.
Map of Hike Scotland's Highlands & Islands: Glen Coe, Ben Nevis & the Isle of Skye - 9 Days
Hike Scotland's Highlands & Islands: Glen Coe, Ben Nevis & the Isle of Skye - 9 Days

This active 9-day hiking itinerary travels through some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. Starting in the heart of the Highlands, you’ll walk along the West Highland Way, experiencing the wild beauty of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. The first leg of your walking journey ends at the adventure capital of Fort William, where you’ll get the chance to scale Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. After a memorable ride on the historic Jacobite Express Steam Train, board a ferry for the Isle of Skye, where you’ll have three days to explore the rugged mountains, secluded coves, and idyllic villages of the Inner Hebrides.

Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park.
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Winter in the Scottish Highlands - 6 Days

Experience winter in the Scottish Highlands on this unforgettable six-day itinerary. Surrounded by frozen lochs and ancient pine forests, you’ll settle into a wonderland of scenic treks, wildlife watching, whisky tasting, and cozy fireside evenings. Spend three days with an expert guide who will take you hiking in this spectacular landscape and share fascinating tales of local history as well as their vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna. The guide will be able to tailor activities to your interests and activity level, as well as acting as your driver for those days.

Standing on the unique rock structures of Staffa.
Map of Scottish Wildlife Adventure: Mull, Staffa & Iona - Fully Guided - 7 Days
Scottish Wildlife Adventure: Mull, Staffa & Iona - Fully Guided - 7 Days

Explore Scotland’s wild west coast on this adventurous 7-day guided tour. Discover the remote Inner Hebridean isles of Mull, Staffa, and Iona, where you’ll go in search of rare wildlife and take in spectacular Atlantic scenery. With two nights in the seaside village of Port Appin and four days based on the Isle of Mull, this trip provides an unforgettable journey around these unique islands and a fascinating insight into the creatures that inhabit them. Your knowledgable guide will help you to spot the area’s diverse bird and sea life, which may include white-tailed sea eagles, puffins, whales, dolphins, and seals. The time of year determines the species you’ll encounter; birdlife such as puffins are prevalent in spring, while marine mammals are seen later in the summer.

Scotland Travel Maps

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Discover the Scottish Highlands: Perthshire, Cairngorms National Park, Ben Nevis & Edinburgh - 9 Days
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Self-Drive Scottish Highlands Tour: Edinburgh, Inverness & Loch Ness - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Scotland
Travel specialist Louise Lewis
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Louise Lewis

I enjoy everything connected to travel. As travelers, we all love to see new places, experience the culture, food, architecture and landscapes of a destination. But for me, a trip begins with the...

Travel specialist Daniel Bradnam
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Daniel Bradnam

As someone who has been involved with travel for over 10 years, creating beautiful vacation itineraries is a true passion of mine. I was born and raised near Cambridge in England, I am proud to...

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Lizzie Zawinski

Remember that moment that utterly captivated you, when you felt completely connected with the world and immersed in what you were experiencing? Maybe you felt the echo of the past in the...

Travel specialist Sarah Griffiths
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Sarah Griffiths

With my interest in people, history, landscape and culture, working for Routescape is my dream job. It’s my opportunity to combine my experience of travelling, holidaying and studying to create...


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