I’ve been able to visit Scotland once for a wedding and once for an amazing two-week trip around the isle. Planning a two-week, or even one-week, trip is always a little daunting, so I put together what I think is the perfect two-week itinerary for a road trip around the country to help get your planning started! I consulted the advice of Emily, my sweet friend from Scotland, so rest assured that this itinerary has the stamp of approval from a true Scot.
Your 2 Week trip to Scotland begins in Edinburgh.
What to Do:
- Tour the Castle
- Visit the Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s residence when there)
- Go on an underground tour of the haunted vaults (really fun, but quite spooky)
- Peruse the National Museum of Scotland
Where to Eat:
The Gardener’s Cottage (located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill) Locally sourced food and a menu that changes on the daily. This place is about as charming as they come.
The Witchery (located at the base of the castle)This restaurant has enormous amounts of ambiance and will truly be an experience. Be sure to make reservations in advance.
Where to Stay: Balmoral Hotel (if this accommodation is not in your budget, just go for afternoon tea at Palm Court at the Balmoral). A more reasonably priced hotel is the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel at the base of the royal mile.
Next you’ll be heading north to St. Andrews.
Next stop is filled with whiskey and castles in the Aberdeenshire region.
Next up needs no introduction. A lake full of legend. The beautiful Loch Ness.
What to do:
- Visit Loch Ness (keep your eye out for Nessie)
- Check out Urquhart Castle
Continue on to the Isle of Skye.
Where to Stay: The town of Portree is a popular base for the area. Also, there is a nice restaurant in Dunvegan, The Three Chimneys where you can book a room. If you don’t stay here you should plan to go for dinner. If you’re in search of peace and quiet on the other hand, you may prefer to stay in one of the lesser known villages.
It’s time to take the ferry from Armondale to Mallaig.
Okay, time to make your way down to Glasgow. Stop in Glencoe. Here you can see the loch filmed in Skyfall.
- Where to Eat: Loch Fyne – a world-famous seafood restaurant (the BEST in Emily’s opinion)
- Where to stay: Loughlohmen at the Cameron House hotel (near Glasgow)
- Charles Remy Macintosh’s tea rooms
- Kelvingrove Museum
Let me know if you make it over to Scotland! I’d love to hear about it!
Need more scotland tips? Check out my packing tips here!