A land where natural beauty truly glares, history can be felt at each and every turn, bagpipes echo across the glens, Scotland buzzes with eternal charm. Our 8-days Scotland tour itinerary presents you with the best way to travel Europe and have a memorable lifetime opportunity.
(Day 1): Edinburgh’s Old Town
(Day 2): Leith
(Day 3): Glasgow
(Day 4): Isle of Bute
(Day 5): Loch Lomond
(Day 6): The Highlands
(Day 7): Skye
(Day 8): Loch Ness
Edinburgh, Leith, Glasgow, Isle of Bute, Loch Lomond, The Highlands, Skye, Loch Ness
Begin your adventurous trip to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The city boasts a number of titles, including the original seat of enlightenment, the world’s first city of literature, and the Athens of the North.
Wander around the Royal Mile, taking in the Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral, secret closes, the Parliament Building, Arthur’s Seat and the Palace. All these places are in close proximity of one another. The Scottish National Gallery and National Museum of Scotland are both free and are amazing places for a speedy-tour of the country’s history, art, heritage, and culture. Victoria St hosts plenty of vibrant independent shops and leads its way into the historic Grassmarket area.
In the evening, indulge in any of the top local restaurants followed by a trip to Sandy Bell’s pub, which is a local icon, and a hotspot for conventional folk singers and musicians.
After relishing a delicious breakfast and coffee, make your way for the Princes St Gardens and admire the towering Castle over the city. The Scott Monument lies just within the gardens, which is the largest monument ever to a writer. Afterward, venture down to Dean Village, a splendid area adorned with the flowing water of Leith, charming cobblestones and eccentric old houses with a streaming heritage. Later, get a taxi to Leith, a lively place with the best restaurants in town — Restaurant Martin, The Kitchin, Fishers, Wishart, etc. and hit up some of the traditional homey pubs. End your day with a trip to The Stand Comedy Club for some fun time.
Adorned with splendid architecture and art, Glasgow is both the largest and musical city of Scotland. Embark on a short train journey from Edinburgh Waverley. On reaching, head to witness the City Chambers in all its splendor with its flowing Carrera marble staircase and gold-leafed everything.
Other major attractions in the area include GoMA, the Style Mile and The Lighthouse for spectacular views. Later in the evening, venture down Ashton Lane, which is one of the loveliest streets awash with fairy lights. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Ubiquitous Chip.
Wave goodbye to beautiful Glasgow today and head out to Wemyss Bay, where you will board the ferry to the Isle of Bute and look out for seals! This is one of the most underrated hidden treasures of Scotland. Bute is home to Mount Stuart House, which is a magnificent neo-gothic architectural masterpiece! Later in the evening, explore some amazing wee independent shops including the seaweed shop.
Bid farewell to Bute and move ahead to soak up the tranquility of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which is like a dream for geologists, adventure enthusiasts as well as outdoor lovers. Explore this rambling mass of brooding forests, sweeping hills and the network of sparkling lochs. Witnessing Loch and its tiny islands by cruise is an experience worth trying, especially Inchconnachan with its wallaby colony! Alternatively, the spectacular trails are the kind of place you wish to get lost in, as is the glorious Ben Lomond.
Today, feel the essence of the Highlands and bolster yourself for the other-worldly beauty close to Glen Coe. Here, you really need to take your time and explore this scenic beauty embracing it completely, no matter what the weather is like. This mystical area was created from a super volcano and has acted as a set for a number of films, including Skyfall and Harry Potter. The village of Glencoe is situated at the foot of the Glen and also the site of the 1692 Glencoe Massacre.
Today, make your way upwards to the magical Skye. Along the way, the major attraction includes the Glenfinnan Aqueduct, an enthralling 20-arched railway bridge on the popular West Highland Line in Glenfinnan. This bonnie bridge can be viewed as a stone’s throw from the small carpark and is featured in the films. From there, make your way to Mallaig and board a ferry to Armadale on Skye. Do book your tickets early in advance, so that you don’t get stranded! However the largest Inner Hebridean island, Skye is comparatively smaller in terms of getting from a to b. Take note of the marvelous Cuillin mountain range. Portree, the capital, is an amazing place to get fed and watered and relish a wee wander. Overnight stay at one of the many scenic accommodation and self-catering options.
Loch Ness is a place which will hold your heart forever. So get back on the adventure voyage and begin moving to Loch Ness, stopping en route to witness Eilean Donan Castle. This eminent castle is one of the most photographed places in the country and a sight for sore eyes. There is a wee visitor center, restaurant as well as a gift shop. Later, enjoy the picturesque drive and once you reach Loch Ness, keep all eyes peeled for Nessie. You can either stroll around or board a cruise of this popular Scottish loch. Urquhart Castle overlooking the loch is an amazing sight for all the history buffs. Inverness is a short drive away for places to stay and amazing eateries.
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