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Summary

This comprehensive 3-week Scotland road trip itinerary guides you through the country's most breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and cultural highlights. From the historic streets of Edinburgh to the dramatic landscapes of the North Coast 500, the mystical Hebrides, and the vibrant city of Glasgow, this journey offers a full taste of Scotland's best. Each stop is carefully selected to provide an immersive experience into Scotland's rich heritage, natural beauty, and culinary delights.

Day 1-3: Exploring Edinburgh

Begin your Scottish adventure in the historic and vibrant city of Edinburgh, exploring its iconic castle, mysterious closes, and the scenic Arthur's Seat.

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Edinburgh Castle

A historic fortress dominating the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock.

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Tips

Purchase tickets in advance to avoid long queues.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 131 225 9846
🌐   Website: https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram X (Twitter)

The Real Mary King’s Close

A historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, offering a glimpse into the city's past.

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Tips

Book a guided tour for a more immersive experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 131 225 0672
🌐   Website: https://realmarykingsclose.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: 2 Warriston's Cl, Edinburgh EH1 1PG, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: YouTube Instagram Facebook

Arthur's Seat

An ancient volcano, this is the site of a remarkable panorama of the city.

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Tips

Wear comfortable shoes for the hike up.

🏞️ Day 4-5: Coastal Charm or Rural Beauty

Choose between the coastal charm of Fife and Dundee or the rural beauty of Perthshire, each offering unique attractions from historic sites to natural wonders.

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🏰 St Andrews

St Andrews, known as the home of golf and for its university, is a picturesque town boasting beautiful beaches and historic sites. The Old Course, a must-visit for golf enthusiasts, offers a captivating walk through the history of the sport.

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Tips

Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the Old Course and soak in the rich golfing heritage that permeates the town.

🌲 The Hermitage

The Hermitage in Perthshire is a picturesque woodland walk leading to a stunning waterfall, surrounded by some of the world's oldest, tallest, and most beautiful trees. The autumn season transforms the landscape into a vibrant display of colors, making it an ideal time to visit and witness nature's breathtaking spectacle.

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Tips

Visit in autumn to see the trees in their full glory and experience the enchanting beauty of the woodland at its peak.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 1350 728641
🌐   Website: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-hermitage
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Old Military Rd, Dunkeld PH8 0JR, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

🏰 Day 6-10: Aberdeenshire OR North Coast 500

Decide between exploring the rich history and whisky distilleries of Aberdeenshire or embarking on the epic North Coast 500 road trip.

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🏰 Dunnottar Castle

Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff-top fortress in a stunning setting. The castle's history is as captivating as its appearance, with tales of sieges, political intrigue, and breathtaking views over the North Sea.

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Tips

Check opening times in advance, as they can vary seasonally. Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the castle grounds and be prepared for some steep paths and stairs.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 1569 766320
🌐   Website: https://www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1 hour
📍   Address: Stonehaven AB39 2TL, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram X (Twitter) LinkedIn

🥃 Glenmorangie Distillery

The Glenmorangie Distillery stands as one of Scotland's most renowned whisky distilleries, offering tours and tastings that provide a fascinating insight into the art of whisky-making. The distillery's picturesque location and the opportunity to sample their award-winning single malts make it a must-visit for whisky enthusiasts.

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Tips

Book a tour in advance to secure your spot and make the most of your visit. Take the time to savor the aromas and flavors of the whiskies during the tasting session, and consider purchasing a bottle as a memento of your experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 1862 892477
🌐   Website: http://www.glenmorangie.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 15 min to 2 hr
📍   Address: A9, Tain IV19 1PZ, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: LinkedIn Instagram YouTube Facebook

Day 11-14: The Hebrides Adventure

Explore the stunning beaches of Harris, the historic sites of Lewis, or the dramatic landscapes of Skye, each offering unique experiences.

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Luskentyre Beach

One of Scotland's most beautiful beaches, with miles of white sand and turquoise waters.

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Tips

Bring a windbreaker, as it can be quite breezy.

The Quiraing

A stunning landslip on Skye, offering some of the most breathtaking views on the island.

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Tips

Start early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the tranquility.

Travel Information
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Portree IV51 9LB, United Kingdom

🏞️ Day 15-17: Lochaber and Argyll

Return south through Lochaber and Argyll, exploring everything from historic castles to majestic mountains and enjoying the best of Scottish seafood.

🏰 Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle, nestled on the banks of Loch Awe, is a picturesque ruin that offers some of the most iconic views in Scotland. The castle's rugged beauty against the backdrop of the tranquil loch creates a scene straight out of a fairytale, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and photography aficionados alike.

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Tips

Visit early in the morning to witness the castle basking in the soft glow of the rising sun, casting a mesmerizing reflection on the still waters of Loch Awe. This magical sight is a photographer's dream and an experience not to be missed during your Scottish road trip.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/kilchurn-castle
📍   Address: Lochawe, Dalmally PA33 1AF, United Kingdom

Day 18-19: Loch Lomond OR Stirlingshire

Choose between the natural beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs or the rich history of Stirlingshire, with its impressive castle and monuments.

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's largest and most important castles, holds a wealth of historical and architectural significance. Its imposing structure and strategic location have played a pivotal role in shaping Scotland's history.

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Tips

Allocate at least half a day to fully explore the castle and its grounds. Delve into the Great Hall and Royal Palace, and be sure to soak in the stunning panoramic views that surround this historic fortress.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 1786 450000
🌐   Website: https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Castle Wynd, Stirling FK8 1EJ, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram X (Twitter)

Day 20-21: Glasgow's Cultural Vibes

Conclude your trip in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, known for its vibrant culture, architecture, and the must-try Glasgow curry.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A magnificent building with a wide-ranging collection, from art to artifacts, appealing to all ages.

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Tips

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +44 141 276 9599
🌐   Website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AG, United Kingdom
🔗   Profiles: Instagram Facebook X (Twitter)