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5 days in Scotland - best route

I'll be traveling with my husband and 11 year-old son in June.  We plan to go to St. Andrew's and the Highland Games that are going to be near there, the Kelpies, and then go over to the Isle of Skye.  We'll be coming from London and returning near there after our time in Scotland.  Suggestions on route and order (Skye first or second) and any highlights along the way for an avid sports enthusiast are much appreciated.  I'm wondering if that too much to do in 5 days.


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    @kcl17, Do you have 5 days in Scotland or 5 days in total?
    Best regards
  • kcl17kcl17 Member
    5 days in Scotland is the plan, could possibly go to 6- thank you
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Are you driving to / from London? Asking only because it is one long drive from Skye to London :smile: (I'd rather fly / take a train to Glasgow). My opinion is that you should spend 2 days in Skye so thats Day 3 & 4. Also the order doesn't matter if you make a big circle.

    Day 1 you can probably stay in Stirling (to start Day 2 seeing the castle) then drive through Perthshire (Dunkeld, Queens View, Pitlochry) and spend Night 2 in the Cairngorms NP. Then drive to Skye, spend Day 3, night 3 and most of day 4 here. Pre-book a sea kayaking experience in Arisaig (perfect for the sportsy type) and do it late Day 4 / early Day 5 and stay at Fort William. Visit Glencoe (possible night stay) and Loch Lomond on Day 5.

    We write a travel blog where we have written about most of the places mentioned above: VisitScotland too has a number of informative articles about them.
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    Best of Scotland in 1 week itinerary (fully by public transport)

    My Scotland travels (includes EdinburghSkye, HarrisMullArranOrkneyLoch Lomond, Islay, Oban, DunoonSpeyside)

  • kcl17kcl17 Member
    Thank you for your input, and I will check out your travel blog.
  • StefStef Member
    There will be 7 of us (5 adults & 2 teenage boys) travelling to Scotland in July. I have put together a preliminary itinerary and was wondering if I could get feedback on whether it is doable or if I am trying to fit to much in to our trip. Also, suggestions on where to stay would be appreciated.

    Day 1 - Belfast to Glasgow

    Either take the ferry from Belfast to Stranraer and then drive to Glasgow OR fly from Belfast to Glasgow. Not sure which is the better option.


    • City Chambers
    • George Square
    • Glasgow Cathedral
    • Necropolis
    • Glasgow University
    • Glasgow Cross

    Spend the night in Glasgow. I read that staying on George Square is nice with all the buildings lit up at night. 

    Day 2 - Glasgow to Oban

    • Loch Lomond
    • Oban Distillery

    Spend the night in Oban or go further?

    Day 3 – Oban to Aviemore

    • Ben Nevis
    • Loch Ness
    • Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Blair Castle

    Spend the night in Aviemore?

    Day 4 – Aviemore to Edinburgh


    • Royal Mile
    • Arthur’s Seat
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Scottish Parliament
    • High Kirk of St. Giles
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Calton Hill

    Spend the night in Edinburgh

    Day 5

    Head to the Edinburgh airport to fly home

  • Mcarthur7Mcarthur7 Member ✭✭
    You can save time and add another adventure by taking the night train (sleeper) from London to either Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh or Fort William.  Cars can be rented at any for trip to Skye but it is closer to both Inverness and Fort William. 
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