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.
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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.
Fourteen days is ample time to experience the best of Scotland and Ireland, be it touring Edinburgh, hiking the Highlands, or reveling in the historic streets of Dublin. The adventures are almost too many to list: wildlife safaris in national parks, boating across Loch Ness, cycling around Glasgow, and exploring the untamed beauty of the Isle of Skye. If that's not enough, you'll hit the road on a drive to some of the most beautiful locales in southern Ireland, like the Wicklow Mountains and County Cork.
This seven-day adventure combines Scotland's most memorable tourist destinations with a tour of the countryside in the magnificent Scottish highlands. You will start your trip by exploring Edinburgh's galleries, castles, and pubs before heading to the spectacular castles in Inverness. You'll spend two nights in Portree, where you'll visit castles and famous geological sites and tour the hiking routes before traveling to Glencoe, which is home to spectacular scenery.
This week-long itinerary perfectly introduces Scotland's most scenic locales—blending a self-drive adventure with unforgettable guided excursions and experiences. Beginning and ending in the charming capital of Edinburgh, you'll set off into the rugged Highlands for a road trip to remember. Step back in time at the Culloden Battlefield, cruise the legendary waters of Loch Ness, and tour whisky distilleries on the Isle of Skye.
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 one of the world's most scenic driving routes on this 5-day journey along Scotland's North Coast 500. Beginning and ending in the Highland capital of Inverness, you'll follow the loop counterclockwise as you wind your way past mist-shrouded mountains, hidden lochs, and rugged coastlines. A relaxed pace allows you to take your time and explore plenty of sandy beaches, charming fishing villages, and unspoiled nature.
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Seven days in Scotland gives you ample time to see its historic cities, breathtaking mountains, magnificent castles, and stunning coastlines. How you spend your week depends on...
Ten days in Scotland is a great amount of time to delve into the country's diverse beauty and deep history. Opt for a fast-paced self-drive tour and explore the dramatic Isle of...
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Sure, it's crisp and cold, but those who head to Scotland in January will be rewarded with the quietest environs and lowest prices of the year. This is a great time to bundle up...
February is a cold and potentially snowy month to visit Scotland; still, it's easy to stay warm with uncrowded cultural attractions, whisky distilleries, and a vast wilderness...
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This 11-day self-drive whisky trip explores Scotland's best single malts. The journey begins in Edinburgh with a tasting, before you venture north to the famous distilleries of Speyside to discover the heart of Scotch whisky and visit a cooperage workshop set amid rolling hills and misty rivers. Next comes the Isle of Skye and then Oban, where the sea meets mountains and centuries of whisky-making tradition. End in Glasgow with a final toast to the liquid gold. Sláinte mhath!
Explore the finer side of Scotland with this 11-day escapade that includes a private driver. Start in Edinburgh with a sophisticated afternoon tea, then journey up to historic Stirling Castle and the untamed beauty of Cairngorms National Park. Traverse Inverness and cruise across Loch Ness in search of the mysterious legend, then land on the Isle of Skye for a whisky tasting and exclusive chef's table experience. Visit Fort William and the haunting landscapes of Glen Coe before flying out of Glasgow.
This 11-day trip ticks off the best of Scotland's nature, wildlife, and whisky experiences. Starting from Glasgow, you'll board a train north and hike the West Highland Way for three days. Go fly fishing and taste whisky on the Isle of Skye, then meet local wildlife with an off-road safari in Cairngorms National Park. Head south to wander Stirling Castle, then visit Edinburgh's Royal Mile and admire the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky.
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