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4 Days in Scotland

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


  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Stef, plot your route on google maps and see what you think of your travel times.
    Bespoke tours.
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  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    @Stef, Hi there, one or two things should be considered again.
    Spend the night in Oban. There is a great place called Greystones, check it out.
    Day 3 ends with Blair Castle? This is closer to Pitlochry than Aviemore. I would strongly suggest that you stay in Pitlochry. Check out Torrdarach for accommodation which is highly recommended.
    Day 4 seems very ambitious! As an example, if you want to see everything in the castle you need at least half a day. I would suggest that you either do Calton Hill or Arthur's seat, both is ambitious. There is a great hotel in Edinburgh called the Raeburn Hotel which is an amazing place.
    Hope this helps you out.
    Best regards
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    Hi @stef The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow is beautiful.   It has a real old world feel.  Even if you don't stay pop in for a drink in their champagne bar and watch the commuters rush about in the railway station below as you relax. 

    @fishypro recommendation of The Raeburn is a good one.  Stockbridge was my old Edinburgh neighbourhood for 5 years. There are lots of great places to eat and drink there.  It's a thriving urban village a short walk from the city centre.  Don't miss Scran & Scallie and Hamilton's Bar & Kitchen. 

    Oban is a busy harbour town and popular for seafood.   You could stay there or even head to somewhere like Appin nearby to give your break a more rural, Highland feel. You could visit the picturesque Castle Stalker and Glencoe. 

    It's been mentioned already but Blair Castle doesn't seem to fit with the itinerary for that day. I'd pop in en-route to Edinburgh. Just get up and on the road early.

    Sounds like a fun trip. 
    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 

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