6 days in Scotland Itinerary

6 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive
3
Glencoe
— 1 night
Bus to Glasgow, Fly to Cardiff

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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Old Town and Palace of Holyroodhouse. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel planner.

Cardiff to Edinburgh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cardiff in December, plan for little chillier nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Aviemore

— 1 night
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris, stroll through Loch Morlich, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aviemore day trip website.

Drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Aviemore, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glencoe.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then hike along Glencoe Lochan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glencoe sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aviemore to Glencoe in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Glencoe sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.