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Magical Scotland: 9-Day Adventure from Edinburgh to the Highlands and Loch Ness

Magical Scotland: 9-Day Adventure from Edinburgh to the Highlands and Loch Ness Itinerary

Published: 2024 Mar 01

Exploring Edinburgh's Rich History

Morning
Start your adventure with a hearty Scottish breakfast at the iconic The Dome Edinburgh - The Grill Room and Champagne Bar. After breakfast, embark on a City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour to get an overview of the city's top attractions. Hop off at the Edinburgh Castle for a guided tour with a live guide, and immerse yourself in the history of this ancient fortress.
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Dishoom Edinburgh for a taste of Bombay in the heart of Edinburgh. Afterward, visit the National Museum of Scotland, where you can explore the diverse collections and learn about Scotland's history. Take a leisurely stroll down the Royal Mile and visit the St. Giles Cathedral.
Evening
Enjoy a magical evening with the Edinburgh Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour. After the tour, savor a delightful dinner at The Witchery by the Castle, known for its historic setting and exceptional cuisine.
Bedtime
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Whisky and Haunted Vaults

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Johnnie Walker Princes Street for an immersive whisky experience. Learn about the art of whisky-making and enjoy a tasting session. Afterward, indulge in a delightful brunch at Cafe St Honoré.
Afternoon
Explore the darker side of Edinburgh with a Haunted Underground Vaults and Graveyard Tour. After the tour, enjoy a light snack at Mother India's Cafe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring the Edinburgh Old Town.
Evening
For dinner, experience the contemporary Scottish cuisine at Castle Terrace Restaurant. Afterward, join the Edinburgh Evening Underground Ghost Tour for a spine-chilling adventure.
Bedtime
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Royal Residences and Culinary Delights

Morning
Begin your day with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. After the tour, enjoy a delightful brunch at Howies Victoria Street.
Afternoon
Explore the Royal Yacht Britannia (HMY Britannia), the former royal yacht of the British monarch. Afterward, head to Kyloe Restaurant & Grill for a sumptuous steak lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps shopping along Princes Street.
Evening
Indulge in a memorable dining experience at The Kitchin, known for its innovative Scottish cuisine. After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the Forth Bridge to admire the iconic structure illuminated at night.
Bedtime
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Cultural Exploration and Vintage Tour

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a comprehensive tour and tasting. Afterward, enjoy a light breakfast at Makars Gourmet Mash Bar.
Afternoon
Immerse yourself in the history of Scotland with a visit to the Stirling Castle. After the tour, head to The Scran & Scallie for a traditional Scottish lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the charming town of Stirling.
Evening
Join the Edinburgh Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin for a unique experience. After the tour, enjoy a delightful dinner at The Outsider Restaurant & Bar.
Bedtime
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Nature and Tranquility

Morning
Escape the city for a day and embark on a Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour [1561]}. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and serene lochs. Stop for a picnic lunch in the heart of nature.
Afternoon
After returning to Edinburgh, take a leisurely walk up Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano and the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Afterward, head to The Dogs for a casual dinner.
Evening
Spend a relaxing evening at the EDI Edinburgh Airport Plaza Premium Lounge, where you can unwind before your next adventure.
Bedtime
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Journey to Inverness and Loch Ness

Morning
Travel to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Upon arrival, enjoy a traditional Scottish breakfast at Fisher's in the City. Afterward, take a Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Day Tour to explore the stunning landscapes and search for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
Afternoon
Enjoy a picnic lunch by the shores of Loch Ness. Afterward, visit the Urquhart Castle and learn about its rich history and strategic location. Take a relaxing boat cruise on Loch Ness.
Evening
Check into your accommodation in Inverness and enjoy a leisurely dinner at a local restaurant. Take a stroll along the banks of the River Ness and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.
Bedtime
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Exploring the Isle of Skye

Morning
Travel to the Isle of Skye, known for its rugged landscapes and picturesque villages. Enjoy a scenic drive and stop for a traditional Scottish breakfast at a local cafe. Visit the Old Man of Storr and take a short hike to enjoy the stunning views.
Afternoon
Explore the Fairy Pools, a series of crystal-clear pools and waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this magical setting. Visit the Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and learn about its history and the legends surrounding the castle.
Evening
Return to Inverness and enjoy a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. Take a walk along the banks of the River Ness and reflect on the day's adventures.
Bedtime
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Glasgow's Art and Culture

Morning
Travel to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Start your day with a visit to the Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. Enjoy a light breakfast at a local cafe.
Afternoon
Explore the Glasgow School of Art and the Riverside Museum. Enjoy a traditional Scottish lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and take a leisurely walk through the lush greenery.
Evening
Check into your accommodation in Glasgow and enjoy a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Take a stroll along the River Clyde and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
Bedtime
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Departure Day

Morning
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Depending on your departure time, you may have some free time to explore Glasgow further. If time allows, visit the Pollok House and the Burrell Collection. Alternatively, you can relax at a local cafe before heading to the airport.
Afternoon
Transfer to Glasgow Airport for your departure. If you have time before your flight, relax at the GLA Glasgow Airport UpperDeck Lounge and enjoy the facilities and services.
Evening
Depart from Glasgow and reflect on the wonderful experiences and memories you've made during your magical journey through Scotland.
Bedtime
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