Scotland trip ideas
Make the most out of your time in Scotland with the help of these sample itineraries, designed by our specialists to give you an idea of how you could spend your time in the country. From fly fishing with a local ghillie to sampling smooth single malts in a historic distillery, sleeping in a castle or hiking through lost Highland valleys, we'll help you make the most out of your time.
With their local knowledge and first-hand experience, our specialists will help you discover Scotland's key sights as well as its quieter charms on a bespoke tour that is based around your specific interests and requirements.
Ideas for your trip to Scotland
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Scotland, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Wander the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Explore Rothiemurchus Estate by land rover.
Enjoy a local wildlife walk.
Sip some whisky in a local distillery.
Explore the mountainous Nevis Range and Glencoe.
Taste a dram of whisky in a Scottish Castle.
Wonder at the beauty of the Isle of Skye’s unique landscape.
Hike in Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.
Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher where you can spot puffins.
Explore the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.
Explore the castles and palaces surrounding Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle itself.
Visit Scone Palace, a former stately home.
Sail along Loch Ness and enjoy a picnic lunch onboard.
Admire the waterfront Dunvegan Castle and its extensive gardens.
Stay overnight in Scottish and Irish castles.
Visit Blarney Castle and its fascinating gardens.
Walk the quirky streets of Glasgow on an orientation tour.
Experience the whiskey reputation of Islay.
Explore the castles and Glens around Oban.
Taste a variety of whiskey in Speyside.
Marvel at the dramatic coastline of the Antrim Coast.
Experience a unique distillery tour in Dublin.
Marvel as dancers and musicians perform cultural numbers inspired by Scotland's history and legends.
Spend the night in a castle.
Visit a traditional working farm to witness trained sheepdogs lead sheep through a variety of obstacles.
Watch out for Nessie on a Loch Ness boat trip.
Explore Glasgow's vibrant street art with a local.
Visit some of Islay's iconic whisky distilleries for tastings.
Embark on a wildlife cruise around Islay's rugged coastline.
Drive through the mountains of Argyll, visiting several picturesque castles along the way.
Cycle along the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond.
Watch the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Whiz around London on a Mini Cooper tour.
Stroll the UNESCO protected cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old and new towns.
Visit Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Scottish residence.
Admire Scone Palace, where former Scottish kings were crowned.
Fly over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park on a seaplane.
Explore the wild and wonderful landscapes of the Isle of Skye.
Go wildlife spotting on an estate in the Cairngorms National Park.
Enjoy some whisky tasting in a local distillery.
Explore Edinburgh with a local on a private Mini Cooper tour.
Marvel at the striking Stirling Castle perched atop a craggy prominence.
Relax on the Belmond Royal Scotsman — an iconic overnight train.
Admire the rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands.
Sip whisky in one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.
Discover Edinburgh’s diverse food scene on a tasting tour of the city.
Visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London by boat.
View the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover.
Explore the historical university city of Oxford.
Partake in a walking tour that visits pubs once frequented by The Beatles.
Wander the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s old and new town.
Take afternoon tea lessons with a local.
Enjoy a secret cottage tour in the Cotswolds.
Experience rural farm life in the Lake District.
Sip a selection of fine Scottish whiskies in a local distillery.
Try your hand at Irish bread making.
Wander the fabled streets of Oxford’s prestigious university.
Explore the idyllic villages and quintessential English landscape of the Cotswolds.
Visit the Roman and Georgian highlights of the UNESCO protected Bath.
Reflect on Northern Ireland’s troubled past on a city tour.
Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
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