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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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