10 Day Scotland Itinerary

10 Day Scotland Itinerary

This is an itinerary based on my trip to Scotland in December 2016. Below, you will find a 9 day itinerary, so you have room for travel days if necessary.

The Royal Mile – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh. Walk the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit the shops, including the Tartan Weaving Mill. Dinner at the Scotch Whisky Experience for an introduction into Scottish cuisine and whisky.

The Royal Mile – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Day 2: Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast and explore Dean Village in the morning. Walk through Princes Street Gardens to the George IV Bridge to Greyfriars Bobby, then along Candlemaker Row to the Grassmarket for a bite to eat. Visit the interesting shops along Victoria Street. Next, in December, we headed to the Christmas Markets in East Princes Street Gardens. Visit the Street of Lights on George Street before heading to the Standing Order for dinner.

Full Scottish Breakfast at B+B Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Dean Village – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Street of Lights – Edinburgh, Scotland

Day 3: Explore Holyrood Park and climb to Arthurs Seat in the morning. Visit the National Museum of Scotland in the afternoon to learn about Scottish History. For a candlelit dinner, head to the Outsider for dinner.

Arthurs Seat – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

National Museum of Scotland – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Day 4: Rent a car in Edinburgh, driving north to Stirling to visit Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument. Drive southwest, heading to the Trossachs. We stayed in Helensburgh along the Firth of Clyde. Dinner at the Cattle & Creel for the best surf & turf meal for two.

Driving to Helensburgh – Scotland 2016

The Cattle & Creel – Helensburgh, Scotland 2016

Day 5: Drive north to Luss and explore the village along Loch Lomond (a great place for the Highland Games I was told). Head south to Balloch Castle Gardens for a quiet afternoon walk. Take the scenic route around Aberfoyle and Callander, stopping at Loch Katrine. See a few Highland Cows along the way! Dinner at the Riverhill Courtyard in Helensburgh.

Shores of Loch Lomond – Luss, Scotland 2016

Highland Cattle – Scotland 2016

Day 6: Drive north, passing Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Ft. William, detouring to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and the Jacobite Steam Train. Next, pass Ft. Augustus and Loch Ness to head to Inverness. We stayed in Tulloch Castle in Dingwall, a haunted site, having dinner at their bar before joining in on the free ghost tour.

Glencoe – Scotland 2016

Tulloch Castle Hotel – Dingwall, Scotland 2016

Day 7: Drive the scenic route around Loch Ness, stopping at Inverfarigaig for a scenic hike, Foyers Falls, Urquhart Castle, and Drumnadrochit for the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition.

Loch Ness – Fort Augustus, Scotland 2016

Urquhart Castle – Scotland 2016

Day 8: Spend the day driving through Cairngorms National Park, stopping in Dalwhinnie for Scotland’s highest and coldest whisky distillery. Then, drive back to Edinburgh and return rental.

Driving through the Cairngorms – Scotland 2016

Day 9: Visit Edinburgh Castle in the morning, staying for the One O’Clock Gun. Check out other sites near the Mile, having your final dinner at The Witchery.

Edinburgh Castle – Scotland 2016

The Witchery at the Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland 2016

Hope you found my Scotland itinerary helpful!


  1. January 11, 2017 / 1:18 am

    Sounds like a great itinerary! And your photos make me want to book a flight right now! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely refer to this when I get to go!

    • cak95
      January 13, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you! You must go soon, Scotland was amazing.

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