Scotland, Here We Come!

Our recent trip to St. John has me itching for our next trip so I decided to try to put a little more time into our vacation to Scotland in a few months. We’ll be flying into London and then onto Glasgow, driving around Scotland for a week, and then returning to London from Edinburgh for a day to see a few sites and visit a long time friend for the day. When planning an itinerary, I always struggle to find the right balance between planning enough so we’re not floundering on what to do, but not planning too much so that there is some flexibility should we learn about exciting things that we didn’t know about prior to traveling.

Given my excitement level, I’ve decided to post our itinerary here in case anyone is interested… It’s pretty time consuming to put together an itinerary but it’s one of my favorite parts of travel. If anyone has any questions or suggestions on their own upcoming adventures, I’d be happy to help!

Day One– Arrive Glasgow, drive to Helensburgh for the night (45 Minutes), stay Knockderry House Hotel

Day Two – Explore Loch Lomond (Luss was highly recommended) and the Trossachs National Park, continue onto Fort William, stopping along the way, explore Fort William (1hr 50 min. without stops) Aonach Mor gondola/hike/walk on top, stay Nevis Bank Inn

Day Three – Drive to Mallaig (1hr.) ferry to armadale (30 minutes) Stop Armadale castle, explore Isle of Skye, end Kyleakin (40 min), stay MacKinnon Guest House

Day Four –  Drive Kyleakin to Applecross (1 hour 10 minutes without stops), stop at Eilean Donan Castle  along the way, stay Applecross Inn

Day Five – Drive to Inverness via coastal route (2 and ½ hours total w/o stops) Drive via detour to Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, stay Trafford Bank Guest House

Day 6 – Drive Inverness to St. Andrews (3 hours 5 minutes  total driving, 4 hours if we go via Balmoral Castle), explore Dundee/St. Andrews (golf tour for some, exploring for others), stay Premier Inn Dundee East

Day 7 – Drive to Edinburgh (1 hour 20 minutes), explore Edinburgh,  hop on hop off bus, stay Holiday Inn Royal Mile

Day 8 – Depart for London (Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower of London – all within walking distance of hotel), stay Intercontinental London

Day 9 – Depart London at 3pm.

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