This nine-day Scotland road trip ticks off the country's greatest outdoor adventures in just over a week. You'll gallop from Edinburgh into Cairngorms National Park for canyoning at Bruar Falls and an off-road wildlife safari. Then switch gears on the Isle of Skye when you pedal the Trotternish Peninsula on an e-bike. Board a ferry to the mainland for a wildlife boat tour to meet furry and feathered west coast locals, then spend a day hiking in Glen Coe and discover the vibrant street art scene of Glasgow.


  • Join an intrepid wildlife safari by 4WD in Cairngorms National Park
  • Pedal across the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye on an e-bike tour
  • Witness wildlife, birds, and marine life off Scotland's west coast on a boat tour
  • Take a self-guided hike and summit a highland peak in Glen Coe
  • Join a street art trail and discover Glasgow's vibrant murals

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Ultimate Cycle Tour Edinburgh
Day 2 Drive to Pitlochry, Bruar Falls Canyoning Pitlochry
Day 3 Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour, Drive to Aviemore Aviemore
Day 4 Wild River Fishing Experience From Killiehuntly, Drive to Fort William Fort William
Day 5 Drive to Isle of Skye, Guided E-Bike Trotternish Peninsula Tour Portree
Day 6 Ferry to Mallaig, Wildlife Boat Trip, Drive to Glencoe Glencoe
Day 7 Self-Guided Pap Hike, Drive to Glasgow Glasgow
Day 8 Walk the Glasgow Mural Trail Glasgow
Day 9 Drive to Edinburgh, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh, Ultimate Cycle Tour

You might stumble upon a cycling street performer on your own cycling tour!

Welcome to Scotland! You've landed in Edinburgh, a captivating historic and modern city known for its festivals, thriving arts scene, and friendly locals. On arrival, meet your private driver for a transfer to your hotel. Drop your bags, pop on some active clothing, and lace up your sneakers for this afternoon's adventure.

Discover off-the-beaten-path locations and secret spots with this small-group cycling tour. Jump in the saddle of a bike and make a full lap of the city on two wheels, taking in the sights and beautiful parts of Edinburgh that most visitors don't get to see. Cycle out of the city, around Arthur's Seat, and to the (sometimes) sunny seaside while your guide shares fascinating facts about the city. You'll pass canals, aqueducts, railways, gardens, beaches, mountains, and tunnels, covering 18 miles (29 km) and stopping for refreshments and photo opportunities along the way. 

Day 2: Drive to Pitlochry, Bruar Falls Canyoning

Bruar Falls Experience
Challenge yourself with the Bruar Falls canyoning experience near Pitlochry

Today your great Scottish road trip begins. Pick up your rental car, load your suitcases, and hit the road north. After two hours, you'll reach Pitlochry. Nearby, the famous Bruar Falls are well known for canyoning, and today you'll try this heart-pumping sport combining nature and adventure. This canyoning experience features epic jumps from 7 feet (2 m) to 26 feet (8 m) with exciting flumes, vertical rock slides, and waterfall abseils. If you've never tried canyoning before, this thrilling adventure might just get you hooked!

After, find your accommodation in the quaint Victorian town of Pitlochry. Take a walk down the charming main street, find a late lunch, and stretch your legs. Then, visit the Queen's View just outside Pitlochry, which overlooks Loch Tummel, and on a good day, you can see the mountains of Glen Coe in the distance. Return to town and make a reservation at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Tour, Drive to Aviemore

Cairngorms National Park Wildlife tour with a specialist
Drive through the heather-clad moorlands in a 4WD

Cairngorms National Park boasts some of the best wildlife diversity in the United Kingdom. This pristine landscape is home to a quarter of the threatened species, and on today's full-day wildlife safari, you'll encounter the wilder side of the protected park. Explore expansive heather-clad moorlands, pass through towering Caledonian pine forests, admire imposing peaks, and see pristine lochs from the back of a 4WD Land Rover Discovery. Your knowledgeable guide will seek out wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, and ospreys, and some light walking may be involved.

This is your opportunity to really explore the remote beauty of the Cairngorms and see the conservation efforts and commitment to preserving Scotland's natural heritage. After your safari adventure, your guide will drop you back at your car. From here, drive one hour or less to Aviemore, a charming town and hub for outdoor enthusiasts who flock here for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Settle into your accommodation, then find a good place for dinner in town.

Day 4: Wild River Fishing Experience From Killiehuntly, Drive to Fort William

Fishing scotland
The River Spey season runs from February to September, while brown trout runs from April until October
Plan your trip to Scotland
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

The lochs and rivers surrounding Killiehuntly offer wonderful opportunities for the seasoned fisher and happy beginner. Make the drive an hour north, lapping the west side of Cairngorms National Park. In Killiehuntly, you'll be in the safe (and dry-witted) hands of some ghillies who have fished these waters for decades. You'll fish for salmon on the world-famous River Spey, with space for four to six rods on the Kinrara beat. If you prefer, you could fish for trout on four secluded lochs with the help of a Highland pony to transport equipment and lunch.

After your day with a rod immersed in nature, you'll have a choice—release the fish back into the water or ask the team to cook your catch for your supper. Afterward, jump back in the car and continue to Fort William, another 80-minute drive southwest. This loch-side town sits between crystal clear lakes and snowcapped mountains, drawing outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Check into your accommodation for the evening, take a gentle walk around the loch, and then seek out a steaming bowl of fresh local mussels for dinner.

Day 5: Drive to Isle of Skye, Guided E-Bike Trotternish Peninsula Tour

A view of Skye's famous Old Man of Storr rock formation on the Trotternish Peninsula

Today's final destination is the Isle of Skye. After a 2.5-hour drive, you'll cross over to the dramatic and ethereal isle, known for its rugged, mountainous terrain and the iconic Cuillin Range. The island's coastline is scattered with high cliffs, sea stacks, and picturesque fishing villages. Make your way to the northeast tip where the Trotternish Peninsula lies. Here you'll join a half-day e-bike tour, giving you the power to explore the splendid natural beauty of this famous region while still relaxing and enjoying the ride with ease.

Follow your guide along the winding single-track roads of the Trotternish Explorer Route; you'll soak up coastal and inland scenery while pausing to spot some of Skye's spectacular native wildlife and take photos. At some point, you'll pause for a picnic in the wild before continuing the two-wheeled adventure. After the fun, return to your car and drive south to Portree, the largest town and capital of Skye, to check into your accommodation for the evening.

Day 6: Ferry to Mallaig, Wildlife Boat Trip, Drive to Glencoe

Set off to explore the waters around Mallaig and spot local west coast wildlife

Make your way to Armadale this morning, a one-hour drive from Portree, and wave goodbye to Skye as your ferry crosses over to Mallaig on the mainland. From this small fishing port, you'll join a wildlife tour to discover the creatures that call Scotland's west coast home. Board a boat that will take you all around the small isles and Loch Nevis. You'll travel to Green Island on Knoydart Peninsula, where you might see a variety of birds, seals, porpoises, dolphins, whales, and basking sharks. Since it's Scotland, your boat has a whisky bar, and you can bring a picnic lunch from a local café.

Back on dry land, continue 90 minutes south to Glen Coe. Considered one of the most hauntingly beautiful of the Scottish glens, this hidden gem is often shrouded in mist. En route, you could pause at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the "Harry Potter" movies. The Jacobite Steam Train runs twice a day, so time it right to experience a little "magic" of your own. Once in the central town of Glencoe, check into your accommodation.

Day 7: Self-Guided Pap Hike, Drive to Glasgow

Views from the summit of the Pap or Sgòrr na Ciche in Glen Coe

Glen Coe is a surreal and beautiful Scottish glen that runs for 10 miles (16 km) beneath rugged peaks formed from lava flow and shaped by millions of years of erosion. After breakfast, grab some picnic lunch supplies in town, then set off to conquer the Pap (Sgòrr na Ciche), a midlevel peak that's 2,435 feet high (742 m). The walk should take around five to six hours, starting on a good path at the lower slopes and passing through ornamental woodland that contrasts the wild and dramatic mountains of the glen.

Soon you'll reach a well-worn mountain path. Climb a steady slope until you reach a rocky section that stands between you and the summit. Once you've conquered that, you'll enjoy 360-degree views from the top out to Ben Nevis and Loch Linnhe. After the hike, return to the car for a two-hour drive to Glasgow, Scotland's largest and most buzzing city.

Day 8: Walk the Glasgow Mural Trail

Walk the Glasgow Mural Trail
You'll see the Saint Mungo mural, which depicts the city's patron saint

Glasgow is a modern, creative city that has been shaped by its rich industrial heritage. This morning's walking tour takes you on an offbeat route across the city, exploring the best street art and modern culture with a local. Glasgow's first mural appeared back in 2008, and since the city has embraced this creative outlet to breathe life into the city, rejuvenate streets, and revitalize buildings.

Over two hours, you'll skip past the cathedrals, grand buildings, and monuments to experience the real Glasgow. Your local guide will lead you down alleys and under bridges to uncover some of the city's most beautiful pieces of art painted by world-renowned heroes and local artists. You'll hear the stories and inspiration behind each piece while learning about how the art scene in Glasgow has developed dramatically over the last decade. After, find a cozy pub to enjoy your final night in Scotland with a traditional meal and wee dram or pint.

Day 9: Drive to Edinburgh, Depart

University of Glasgow
Take a final walk around the city, past the University of Glasgow, before driving to Edinburgh's airport

And finally, your nine-day road trip across Scotland comes to an end. Hop in the car one last time and make the drive to Edinburgh airport. Make sure you allow enough time to drop off your rental car ahead of your flight home or onward. Safe travels!

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