We visited Scotland in October 2019 & absolutely loved it. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. As far as travel, it wasn’t next on my list. I had been to Ireland & figured it would be the same but I was wrong. While they have a ton of similarities, Scotland has its own magic. The people were friendly, the music was amazing & the haggis wasn’t half bad. I only took my phone & my 35mm film camera. (used portra 400 for everything btw if anyone cares) I loved that it forced me to shoot more film & the photos are all so special to me. Plus it’s really nice traveling with a very light camera that can fit in your purse.
Below is the itinerary I made, we didn’t get to everything since we unfortunately all got sick colds but maybe it will be of use to someone!
leave Cleveland to EWR
land 7:30am Glasgow, get car, freshen up, drive to Glencoe, stay at Clachaig Inn. Explore Glencoe, relax, dinner. (We wish we would have stayed 2 nights here & not one)
Breakfast at inn get up early and drive 3 hours to Skye. See stuff on way to place in Portree. Eilean Donan Castle > Talisker Distillery (make sure you reserve in advance if you want to tour) > Check in to Airbnb> maybe go to fairy pools if enough time in day > dinner (yes you can swim/jump in the fairy pools, its cold just do it)
Skye activities. Get up early and hike Quirang at sunrise, (maybe pack snacks this day so we have enough time) see Uig aka Fairy Glen, Dunvegan Castle maybe Neist Point lighthouse if there’s time old man storr (wound up seeing old man storr just driving by, castle was closed by the time we got there)
drive to 2 1/2 hours to Inverness. Breakfast/coffee at So Coco. See Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Inverness Castle viewpoint, the Old High Church, Victorian Market, and St. Andrews Cathedral dinner at The Mustard Seed or Rocpool go out & hear music at Hootenanny (LOVED this place)
get up early drive 3 hours to Edinburgh, breakfast at The Pantry, see Circus Lane, walk Victoria Street, the royal mile, check in, Edinburgh Castle, go to Calton Hill at sunset for view, dinner at Dishoom. (Wellington & Fortitude for coffee shops) if guys are bored while we’re walking streets & possibly shopping there is scotch whiskey experience thing you could do.
Explore Edinburgh more. Maybe hike Arthur’s Seat, Scran & Scallie, Dean Village, Scott Monument, tour Mary Kings Close, etc.
check out of Edinburgh place do stuff? Drive to Glasgow. Maybe see some things in Glasgow if we’re done in Edinburgh. Kelingrove Museum (free), Ruthven Lane, Ashton Lane and Cresswell Lane, and all three are seamed with great restaurants and cute vintage shops. Drive to Glasgow motel spend night.
Thursday- fly home