- Time: 4 days
- Expenses: less than $78 or 65€ per person per day (excludes airfares, rental car)
- Season: spring, summer, fall
Money and time-saving tips:
- Rent a car or book a tour to get from city to city,
- in the capital walk or cycle, the town is compact, hence the attractions are close to one to another.
Scotland is a land of dramatic green fields, rolling hills, mystical mountains wildernesses such as the Highlands, mixed with glacial glens, valleys, lakes small beautiful cities with friendly people and amazing beer and Whiskey. It has loads of experiences to offer, anything from chasing lake monsters, listening to beautiful bagpipes music to exploring old Castles.
This trip includes a two-day exploring of the wilderness city break, a circle trip starting in Edinburgh, going through the Highlands to Loch Ness, Glencoe and back to Edinburg. It’ss about 350 miles/565 kilometers long.
Eating out can be expensive so look around for deals at bars and what restaurants have to offer, to save some pounds. Accommodations vary on average from 20€ to 60€ for the night per person depending on the region you are staying in.
Our 4-day itinerary:
- day – Edinburgh
- day – Edinburgh
- day – into the Highlands to Loch Ness
- day – Culloden to Dunkeld and in between
Day one – Edinburgh
Start with a walk to Arthur’s Seat. It’s a 30-minute walk to an 823 feet/251 meters high hill offers a beautiful view of the city with the rising sun.
After your morning exercise, take a walk to the Scottish Parliament Building, where you can enjoy a free guided tour. Next up is exploring the National Museum of Scotland where you’ll find astonishing collections celebrating the nation’s culture and learning about their history.
Conclude your day with a walk down the Royal Mile road and see what Edinburgh’s nightlife is all about. Grab a bite and enjoy some local beer or a whiskey.
Day two – Edinburgh
After a great night out, you need to clear your head, so why not talking another morning walk to Calton Hill. Take a look at the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, Playfair Monument and Dugald Stewart Monument.
Going back to the city center find the Scott Monument in the heart of Princes Street. The Scott Monument was constructed to commemorate Edinburgh born writer Sir Walter Scott. If you are up for it there are 287 steps to be climbed which will reward you with a view great of the city and the castle.
The path through Princes Street Gardens will lead you to your next attraction, the pearl of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Castle. It has been a home for royalty, where you can see the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and the Castle’s dungeons. If you’re lucky, you may stumble upon a free training with pike weapons on the castle courtyard, which you are encouraged to join.
End your day with some good whiskey, go to the Scotch Whisky experience, where you’ll learn how a good whiskey is made. On the tour you’ll be amazed by the world’s largest collection of whiskey and might we say it’s pretty impressive!
Day three – the Highlands and more
Whether taking a tour or driving by yourself here are some pit stops on your way to Loch Ness you don’t want to miss.
When traveling through the Highlands, take stops, wander around and don’t forget to stop at the Glen Coe. This place was a part of a terrible massacre of the MacDonald clan. Thirty-eight men from Clan MacDonald were killed by government forces, as they had remained loyal to King James II after he was replaced on the English and Scottish thrones by William.
Next, drive along the Great Glen and the shores of Loch Ness. Make sure you stop an enjoy the beauty of it all.
Day four – Loch Ness, Inverness and Culloden
In the morning go monster hunting. Take a boat tour on the Loch Ness, look for Nessie and have a look at the remainings of the Urquhart Castle.
After the tour drive through Inverness to visit Culloden, where the Battle of Culloden took place. Here the last of the Jacobites stood against the British government forces.
Something you don’t want to miss are the Cairngorm mountains and one of their whiskey distilleries nearby. They will show you all about how whiskey is produced and much more.
Finally enjoy the ride back to the capital, while soaking the beauty of the landscape.
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