I get this question a lot, particularly from flight attendants. London is one of those great cities where you could do something new every day and never run out of ideas – but that’s part of the problem: where to start?
Not sure how to spread your limited time in Scotland? Looking for itinerary guidance? While I won’t make promises I can’t keep, I’m here to share what we did, share ideas, and give hindsight feedback on our choices.
The first thing to point out is that we arrived back from Scotland with three more future trips planned out. We shaped this trip around our top two priorities: Edinburgh and Isle of Skye.
Day 1: Edinburgh
Day 2: Edinburgh, drive West, overnight in Invergarry
Day 3: Eilean Donan Castle, hit Isle of Skye by (late) lunch, Portree, Neist Point
Day 4: Hike the Quirang (in snow!) and Old Mann of Storr, overnight in Corbost
Day 5: Fairy Pools walk, drive to and overnight in Glen Coe
Day 6: Stirling
Day 7: Drive back to Edinburgh, stopping at the Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall
Day 8: Edinburgh, fly home.
Quick conclusions: This time-frame worked fine. We’re pleased, but if we had total time-freedom, another 2-3 days would be nice for this itinerary (assuming you didn’t add more on along the way). We skimped on Edinburgh (but knew that we’re likely visit again), and we’d love to have had time to invest in hiking the Cullins on Isle of Skye, or in Glen Coe, and/or to give Ben Nevis a go.
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We just got back from our trip to Scotland and I’ve gotten the photo editing done! I’m working on a post about our trip and will have that up ASAP. I’ve another huge trip coming up fast (Hong Kong, Cambodia and Vietnam) so am trying to work ahead on Crewed Talk and other writing obligations, but I’m working on it all! Meanwhile, enjoy Edinburgh, Stirling, Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and Falkirk:
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