Scotland, A Quick Overview

Scotland, A Quick Overview

We had quite the trip to Scotland! We spent 13 days in country and honestly it was not enough! Scotland is one of those places I would love to return to and continue to explore. Each little town offered something new and there were whole areas we bypassed to reach larger attractions.

The general plan was to drive about 2-3 hours each day. We tried to stay in towns outside of the attractions since our kids are up early, thus putting some of our driving in the morning when attractions are not open and some of our driving around our 2pm nap time.

If you’ve been reading the blog then you know I’ve presented each geographic area in its own post, but I’ve gotten quite a few questions as to how we structured our trip. Here is a brief overview of how we divided our time with links to the relevant blog post.

Day 1- 5: Edinburgh 
My husband was at a conference so these dates were already set in stone. I think you could do a decent job in Edinburgh in 3 days, although even with 5 we never got bored and always felt like there was more to see.

Day 6: Edinburgh to Dundee

  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Lunch at Wheelhouse
  • The Kelpies
  • Lochieven Castle
  • Night at Dundee Carlton Hotel

Day 7: Dundee to Alford

  • Dunnottar Castle
  • Lunch at the Bay Fish & Chips
  • Alford Valley Steam Railway
  • Dinner at Alford Bistro
  • Night at Haughton Arms Hotel

Day 8: Alford to Inverness

  • Balvenie Castle
  • Dufftown Railway
  • Lock Ness Jacobite Cruise
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Dinner at Cobbs Restaurant
  • Night at Lock Ness Clansman Hotel

Day 9: Around Inverness

  • Aviemore Railway
  • Lunch at Mambo’s Cafe Bar
  • Cairngorm Reindeer Center
  • Dinner at Cobbs Restaurant
  • Night at Loch Ness Clansman Hotel

Day 10: Inverness to Skye

  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Lunch at Hector’s Bothy
  • The Fairy Glen
  • Night at the Isles Inn

Day 11: Around Skye

  • Dunvegan Castle, Gardens & Seal Tour
  • Lunch at Stein Inn
  • Dunvegan Shell Beach
  • Kilt Rock
  • Night at Isles Inn

Day 12: Skye to Oban

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct Hike
  • Lunch in Rail Car at Glenfinnan Station
  • Neptune’s Staircase
  • Dinner at Oban Bay Fish & Chip Shop
  • Night at Alderlea House

Day 13: Oban to Edinburg

Head on over to the posts for more details and links to these attractions.

The Wanderlust Crew has some tips and tricks for planning your perfect Scotland itinerary that is worth checking out while your planning your trip.

We just wanted to make sure you knew that VisitScotland provided us with an ASVA attractions pass during our visit. All opinions are our own. 

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