Day 1 – Edinburgh. Arrival
Arrival at Edinburgh airport. Collection of the rental car. Free time to discover the city. Bed and breakfast.
Day 2 – Edinburgh
Visit of Edinburgh to understand why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Literature. The tour begins on the Royal Mile (Royal Mile), the backbone of the city until the eighteenth century. On this climb to the Castle we will discover the peculiarities of Edinburgh and Scotland: from the urban planning of the Close, to the evolution of kilt and tartan, including whiskey and haggis. We will pause at Grassmarket, before walking towards Harry Potter and Bobby’s territory within Greyfriars Cemetery. And in the cemetery, hundreds of stories: paranormal phenomena, politics and religion, the thistle and even people sunbathing. Bed and breakfast.
Day 3 – Edinburgh – St Andrews – Inverness
We will leave Edinburgh to the north crossing the famous Forth Bridge, with its panoramic views of the “Firth of Forth”, and travel through the Kingdom of Fife en route to St Andrews, world famous for being the birthplace of golf and home of the Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied. We can visit the Cathedral and the Castle of St Andrews. We will continue our route to Perth, the ancient capital of Scotland and seat of the Scottish crown until 1437. We will continue to the Highlands through mid-mountain landscapes. We will stop in Pitlochry, a small Victorian town famous for being a high society resort town, before arriving in Inverness in the afternoon. Bed and breakfast.
Day 4 – Inverness – Isle of Skye
From Inverness we will go to Loch Ness in search of its ancestral host, “Nessie”. It is the perfect place to take a boat trip on Loch Ness or visit Urquhart Castle. Our route will continue along the lake through Invermoriston and west through the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, until we reach the mystical Isle of Skye. We will tour the mountainous landscapes of Skye through the Cuillin Hills. Bed and breakfast.
Day 5 – Isle of Skye – Oban
In the morning we will travel to Armadale, in Skye, where we embark towards the port of Mallaig. We will follow the “Way of the Islands”, proclaimed for being one of the most scenic routes in the world. We will continue passing Fort William south through the beautiful and historic Glencoe Valley, the infamous scene of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Arrival in Oban, panoramic city tour. Accommodation and breakfast.
Day 6 – Oban – Loch Lomond – Glasgow
We skirt the attractive Loch Fyne on our way southeast to the shores of the famous Loch Lomond, one of the most captivating spots in all of Scotland. Possible stop in the small town of Luss, surrounded by greenery on the lake shore. Arrival in Glasgow in the afternoon, a modern city that offers many typical restaurants and pubs in the city. Bed and breakfast.
Day 7 – Glasgow – Stirling – Edinburgh
City tour. Then we will head east to the historic town of Stirling, where one of the most important clashes of the wars for independence between Scotland and England originated. The Battle of Stirling Bridge (known from the movie Braveheart) in 1297 was the greatest victory for William Wallace, who made him the undisputed leader of the resistance against the English. Possible visit to Stirling Castle, located on the rocky promontory that dominates the region, with stunning panoramic views. Arrival in Edinburgh in the afternoon. Bed and breakfast.
Day 8 – Edinburgh. Return
Free time for the last purchases until the car return time at the airport.
- 8 days
- Rental car
Instead to go ahead with our plan, at the end, we decided to be advised . And it was worthy. I want to point out how easy was the planning. Trusting about who is in the country itself is grant. No headaches with booking emails, no issues to pick up the car or hotel check in. Overall, a TOP EXPERIENCE