**All photos contained in this photography-based travel blog are copyright of Adam Marland & Sophie Clapton.  They are not to be used for any purpose without the expressed, written consent of their owners.**. For full details on how to do this, read: The Fairy Pools is an extremely popular place to visit on the Isle of Skye. Finding the farmland trail can be very tricky as there is no signage for it, and you will begin your walk thinking “there is no way there’s a waterfall here,” but soon you will hear the sound of rushing water. Below are a list of castles in the park, but I would advise you to go for walks anywhere you see an opportunity that looks pretty. As you can see in the map above, I have not included the popular North Coast (NC500) route. As you can see from the photo, it is a spectacular, dramatic scene that really comes to life at sunrise. You should, therefore, carefully consider the type of Scottish holiday you are hoping for to ensure you have an amazing experience. Answer 1 of 10: We are a kiwi couple in our late 20's and are looking at hiring a car, which we will do from London and spending 9 or 10 nights in Scotland. In my opinion, however, the best Scotland road trip itinerary cuts through Cairngorms National Park. The persistent rain was great for that, but bad for the wildlife and red deer sightings. They were incredibly helpful in planning my trip, and having 24/7 live online support saved us on many nights as we dealt with the motorhome learning curve. Book now and save with TourRadar.com! The trail should be fairly obvious, just know that if you have crossed the bridge on your way, then you have gone past the trailhead. In 2019, the best 10 days in Scotland for leaf chasers occurred from Oct 15-Oct 25. This budget hotel has a five star location, being within walking distance of most sights in the city. Depending on where you are arriving from, you may have limited time (and energy) today. Tickets for the castle and gardens cost £12.50 if you pay on arrival or £11.50 if you pay in advance online. You can add the Malt Whisky Trail into the above itinerary between Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye. Day 10: Oban - Invereray - Kilchurn Castle - Loch Lomond The last stage of this road trip in Scotland starts from Oban. Tyler and Kara were too young to do this hike on our visit to Scotland, but it is the first thing we will do on a return trip here. During my visit, there were literally dozens of waterfalls streaming down the sides of the mountains in every direction. All rights reserved © Earth Trekkers. It’s pastel pink walls, slender shape, and general aesthetic makes it look so out of place compared to the more traditional castles you will have traveled to so far. Like many places, winter is perhaps the toughest time to schedule your road trip in Scotland. As I had elected to spend the majority of my time in Glencoe and the Isle of Skye, I was relegated to skip the NC500 and take a more direct line to Inverness. But, I can say for certain is that it was pure autumn magic! However, this also means that you’ll be sharing the beauty of Scotland with many others, which can create some challenges. Or, you could go pub hopping, like we did. The rest of the drive to the Isle of Skye is not overly impressive, especially after experiencing the road to Glencoe, but there were some beautiful autumn colors coming in as we neared the Skye bridge. Even after everywhere we have been, they still talk about Scotland quite a bit (and hope to return soon someday). This 19th-century priory has all the feelings of a haunted house… and legend has it that it just might be! There are tons of options to fill your time in Glasgow. From here, you can either head northeast toward Portree and the iconic Old Man of Storr, or northwest toward Neist Point. Your email address will not be published. I arrived after closing, which meant I couldn’t enter the castle itself, but I was free to roam the grounds. We found parking lots and other roadside pull offs to stay in. This is one of the few stops where daytime lighting may be best. It’s a great starting point to really get to know Edinburgh. There are many great restaurants to try in this area. Scotland is a dream destination for so many. Day Three: Dalwhinnie. Choose from 54 tours with 548 real tour reviews. Here are some estimated costs (all prices are in USD): Rental car:  $50 to $75 per day for a midsize car The transportation system in Scotland is FANTASTIC. I’ve also included a suggested number of days for each leg of the journey, though this is entirely up to you. DAY 10 - Wester Ross to Ullapool. You’ll see the Scottish coast, visit a Scottish island, and lose yourself in the Scottish … If you have made the journey to this remote region of the Isle of Skye, you have likely come seeking sunset photos at the Neist Point Lighthouse. If you prefer hotels or B&Bs and don’t mind being confined to a preset schedule based on reservations, then this is the way to go! Now we are arriving at the most famous region in all of Scotland, and a reputation that is well deserved! Two hours felt like plenty for me! However, I am sure that no matter where you go, Scotland will capture your heart as it did mine. The main “feature” of Fairy Glen is a geographical curiosity called Castle Ewan. Day 2: Edinburgh End your day with dinner in one of Edinburgh’s many amazing restaurants. Orkney or Shetland Islands. From the parking lot, you can take the trail to the Fairy Pools, which is essentially a series of small cascades and rock pools set against the Black Cuillin mountains. I think it needs a minimum of 2 days and there are countless optionshere. For our list of recommendations, visit our Edinburgh Itinerary post. If you want to visit and are in a motorhome, you may be best off coming near sunrise when you will have the road and parking lot to yourself. The only thing to note before beginning the hike is that you need to stay right at every loop and trail fork to walk the most direct route to the iconic view, looking back across the Old Man. 10 days in Scotland is a lot of time, but not if you hope to see EVERYTHING. Of course, you always have the more traditional option of doing your Scotland road trip by car! There are many very small roads, and understanding the passing places and road etiquette will make for a much more enjoyable trip. Visiting Dunalastair Castle can be pretty tricky, so you may want to take careful notes on how to visit. Eventually, you will come to some stone steps that take you down into the gorge. Klilchurn Castle is an awesome spot for both sunrise and sunset, as the warm, angular light spills onto the landscape to create a spectacular scene. This hike is located in Glencoe. Before deciding which corner of the island to cover first, take some time to explore the scene near the Sligachan bridge. The best Scotland road trip itinerary is one that prioritizes time and fuel-efficient routes, while still allowing a flexible schedule. While it is possible to cover a lot of ground in 10 days in Scotland, there’s always more to see! The Isle of Skye is the BEST place to visit in Scotland when it comes to photography (with apologies to Glencoe). The first half of the trail is gravel and manageable, but once you cross the fence it quickly turns into a steep ascent. The Orkney and Shetland Islands are groups of many smaller islands stretching off the northern coast of Scotland. If photography is your goal, you may want to note this as a good end-of-day option. All in all, I liked the city and the general vibe I got while exploring, but I was more interested in allowing time for some of the remaining stops on my itinerary. (You should be walking along the trail with the water to your LEFT, not your right.). Note: This post contains affiliate links. Behind the parking lot, you will find a field with highland cows happily eating away! Today, you have several options depending on your interests. Don’t get me wrong, you may as well stop and have a look on your way out of Cairngorms National Park as it will not add any time to your journey, but I wouldn’t budget much time for Braemar Castle. Assuming you came in on the B834, you will park and begin your walk by making a LEFT onto the A809 (heading south toward Craighat). Parking is plentiful, but even still can become hectic, especially during peak season. It’s a translation of your driver’s license. In Edinburgh we took the bus everywhere or walked. They say good things come in threes! Spaceships does offer the Voyager Camper Van, which is perhaps the perfect compromise between size and comfort. Please feel free to leave constructive feedback in the comments, and please share with friends who are planning their own trips to Scotland! Frequent clouds blocked most of the light during sunrise and sunset. READ MORE: Camera Gear for the BEST Travel Photos. Maybe next time. For this Scotland itinerary, you will need to rent a car. STOP 1 - Loch Maree. Unfortunately for me, the Queen was actually staying there during my 10 days in Scotland, so I was unable to see the castle at all. I was surprised at how many of Scotland’s points of interest did not have facilities. Additionally, turning around was a near impossibility on those small Scottish country roads. I think if I maybe give a brief overview by sharing our itinerary, I will get my brain back in the correct mode to do this 10-day Scotland adventure a bit of justice here on the blog. (Plus we had an amazing stay in a Scottish castle booked!). Read more: Glasgow: 24 Hours of Fun for the Whole Family. Coral Beach is a favorite destination for locals, and still relatively off the radar for tourists. We are headed to Scotland this summer and have found your blog incredibly helpful! Surrounded by the autumn foliage, this made for quite a scene! Malt Whisky Trail. Namely, the maneuverability! Well-poised to explore a lot of what … The loch is mostly wild with beautiful … If you have more time and are a keen hiker, then you may also want to consider a detour to hike Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak at 1345m. With all that said, please make sure you are extremely confident driving UK country roads and understand passing culture if you choose this option. True, roadside photos took a bit of a hit, but I was able to access all of the stops I had on my map without exception. We will have to be in London for a few days either way and can’t decide what to combine it with. So would 3 days in Wales. It now has a big emphasis on Edinburgh and Isle of Skye. We started in Edinburgh because we flew from Maryland to New York to Edinburgh, so didn’t want to continue on to Glasgow. Perhaps the biggest consideration you will have when planning a road trip to Scotland is the type of vehicle you chose. Parking can be limited. 5 Day Wee Sample of Ireland; 6 Day Hunt for the Throne; 6 Day Legendary Ireland; 7 Day Honeymoon Tour; 7 Day Luxury Castle Tour; 7 Day Northern Ireland ; 7 Day Great Northern Ireland; 8 Day Love Ireland Tour; 10 Day … Spend most of the day exploring the gorgeous Glencoe Valley and Glen Etive. This was our best meal in Edinburgh and had us dining on local dishes such as meat pies, roasted bone marrow, and ox tongue. These summer months are the most popular time to visit Scotland, and with good reason. Techincally, wild camping does not apply to vehicles, however we parked considerately where we felt we wouldn’t disturb anyone and ensured we used our bathroom and took all rubbish with us. As Urquhart Castle is on your most natural route to Inverness, you may as well stop in. I hope you have found this 10-day road trip itinerary helpful, but I am always looking to improve it! Just after the Meeting of Three Waters, you will arrive at the last roadside pullout on your way to Glencoe; the Three Sisters of Glencoe viewpoint. Have lunch at the Old Inn, which is within walking distance of Talisker Distillery. Second, if you input Loup of Fintry into Google Maps, it will take you to what appears to be the middle of nowhere. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. However, you may want to save it for your way out, as it will be on your way to Inverness. I can only imagine how much of his days are spent with strangers poking around, having picnics, and even peeking through windows. Day 7: Glasgow. Answer 1 of 13: We loved Scotland so much on our trip two years ago that we are going back this summer We would like to start in Edinburgh and then spend majority of time walking and hiking In different areas Can we fit in … This almost slipped under my radar, but I am so grateful I learned of it because it ended up being my favorite sunrise destination in all of our 10 days in Scotland! But for your kids, it could be a fun thing to add onto your itinerary. Dive right into Scottish cuisine by ordering haggis or blood pudding along with a pint of beer. With a well-crafted route, 10 days in Scotland is just enough time to see most of the major points of interest that beckon millions of travellers each year. 54 10 Day England And Scotland tour packages with 548 reviews View Map. Quick Question: We are wondering if there was a reason why you chose to begin in Edinburgh and end in Glasgow rather than the reverse? Scotland is filled with history and majestic landscapes. With that said, here are few more castles you could visit on your way back to Edinburgh, if you have the desire. Even if you do not make the final climb up, the views throughout the hike are gorgeous, especially during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. On my top 20 list, these came in near the top for the the best castles in Scotland. There is a parking area that is free, but it will be full by sunrise. You can access the private road on foot and view the castle from there, but by no means are you allowed to have a picnic. Still, this may be the best option for those of you who are not comfortable driving a larger vehicle, nor have the need to be on-location for sunrises and sunsets. Day Four: Culloden. If you only have 7 days, drive to the Isle of Skye the afternoon of day 3. When it returns, the front of the train will be backwards, facing the rest of the train. Your email address will not be published. This is another spectacular hike and gives you the option to bag not one but two Munros. This will add about 45 minutes to your total journey time, but is absolutely worth it. To allow yourself enough time, leave Edinburgh no later than 9 am (although earlier is better). High end hotel, double room with two people:  $200+. You can see from the photos how unusual it is, but that was where the appeal seemed to end. Sadly, conditions were not favorable for this shot on my visit. Glen Etive road is known for being the most reliable place to see these beautiful animals, but unfortunately, I was not so lucky. If you decided to drive to Skye instead of taking the ferry, you will have already passed Eilean Donan Castle on your way in. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest. I had the good fortune of meeting Andrew whilst taking photos and promised him I would make sure to include a few things about visiting the castle: most notably, you are not allowed on the grass! Check into your hotel and take a quick nap if you need it. Cheers, Julie. On a 10-day trip to Scotland it’s easy to experience many of the country’s most famous sights and scenic routes. Craigievar Castle is owned by the National Trust of Scotland, meaning there is a small, metered fee to park, restroom facilities, and another fee to enter. 10 Day Scotland Itinerary. Part of it, surely, was that nature has started to encroach on the building and reclaim it, meaning it is tucked away into the trees. Personally, I was not as enchanted by the city of Glasgow as Edinburgh and would only recommend journeying through if your primary interest in travel is experiencing the major cities of the world. I really have nothing bad to say about this place (and that almost never happens). There are also some great Harry Potter walking tours that you can take in Edinburgh. This beautiful home was not included in any of the blogs and guides I read when researching what to do in Scotland, so I am grateful we stumbled across it by chance. , Hello Shelley. Also, we ended our Scotland trip in Glasgow and continued right to Ireland and had a great flight from Glasgow to Belfast. Days 1-2: Glasgow Starting off in Glasgow, we’ll be checking out the major sites such as Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The driveway is open to pedestrians, but not to vehicles. You may see stones placed within the circular feature at the base of Castle Ewan. This is a challenging, somewhat dangerous hike. All purchases or bookings you make through We Dream of Travel come at no extra cost to you. Still, you should expect a big city feeling complete with any chain and retail stores, including a Primark, one might expect to find. 12 reviews "Everything … Midrange Hotel, double room with two people:  $75 – $200 While we had blue skies for much of the morning, the weather turned just as we arrived at Castle Fraser. How much of this you get through will depend on the pace at which you prefer to travel. There are many views of Stirling Castle, but the best is from Wallace Monument where you can capture it with a telephoto lens set above the city and against the distant mountains. Metered roadside parking is available and affordable. Authorities said it introduced the rule after "a number” of positive cases were detected in travellers flying into Glasgow since the start of the new year. This is a great itinerary and your pictures are beautiful. The rule is applicable starting 4am on Monday, January 11. Even this is relatively limited, but we were able to park the motorhome here. If you have a drone, make sure you have at least one battery charged! Rather than speak to its beauty, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. There are not a ton of stops in this region, which is why I suggest assessing the available days you have left at this point and deciding if you feel ahead of, or behind, schedule. View the timetables and purchase your tickets on the Caledonian MacBrayne website. 10 Day Taste of Scotland & Ireland; 14 Day Scottish & Irish Dream; 15 Day The Scots Irish Tour; 16 Day Scottish & Irish Gold; SELF DRIVE TOURS OF IRELAND. For full details on how to do this, read our post on Arthur’s Seat. Take in the sights and have dinner at one of the many pubs. While you will, of course, come across places you can pick up food, no road trip is complete without snacks. Hiking option #2 is the Kintail Saddle. For more info, read our full post on Dean Village. Thank you so much for this great itinerary! Coach / Bus. DISCOVER MORE INSPIRATION: 101+ DREAM DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST. After lunch, spend the afternoon at Dean Village. Thank you for all this amazing info! We highly recommend The Scran & Scallie. You’ll notice some various boards and tires creating a rough sort of mud crossing just past the small shop; this is the trail. Real Mary Kings Close 3. If you make a booking or purchase through one of these links we earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. 10 days in Scotland may seem like plenty, but I can almost guarantee you will wish you had more time at the end! I think it’s called the Jacobite train. We were shocked by what google called a 3-hour drive turning into a full-day … Days … Finally, don’t forget to check out our other blog posts on Scotland to help you plan the perfect Scottish vacation: This looks wonderful! Start at Edinburgh Castle, the centerpiece of the city. There are many laybys to park at on A819, but setting your destination for “Kilchurn Castle Panorama Viewpoint” is the easiest way to find *that* view. Spring, summer, and fall are the best seasons to visit Scotland. Because it is a private residence, castle tours are not an option, meaning you can really only see it from the roadside, or by attending an event there. If you save them for the end of your 10-day visit, you may find yourself running out of time when you wish you had it most! The map below shows the most time and fuel-efficient route for checking off all the major highlights. There are 57 tours going to Scotland, with the most popular time to go being May, which has the most number of tour departures. It was very quiet and allowed some opportunities to get creative with compositions, which is perhaps why I liked it so much. April can still be very wet and muddy. A direct drive from Edinburgh is less than two hours, but there are a lot of suggested stops in between…. Also, be aware that it is common to encounter deer, sheep and other animals on the road in rural areas. Planning a trip to Scotland? Take your pick from 50 of the world's best travel adventures. National Museum of Scotland 5. Get an early start for an exciting day of exploring Scotland’s capital. Maybe you could show us around next time?! The Isle of Skye comes to a crossroads in the small village of Sligachan. As for the scenery, the lake drive is sort of pretty, especially in the fall, but the only item that really makes the itinerary is Urquhart Castle that sits at its base. Beyond this, spending up to a week in muddy, soggy discomfort is one thing, but eventually the rain and slog will become impossible to keep out of the van and begin to affect your experience. Last, this is an incredible sunset destination! I was eventually swayed by them to consider my first-ever motorhome road trip in lieu of a campervan! While my photos from here do not rank at the top of the list, it was one of the castles I enjoyed the most in person. Unfortunately, we didn’t learn of this view until after our visit, but we still enjoyed driving around the city in search of compositions. Never once did I feel unsafe, or even unwelcome. Finish at Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with some of the best views over Edinburgh. Thank you so much Tabitha for your kind words. In order to truly be the best Scotland road trip itinerary, this stop needs to be on your route! Europe - 10-day Scotland itinerary...What would you do? See the best 10 day tours through Scotland. The rooms are small but their storage solutions are innovative. Tyler and Kara weren’t big Harry Potter fans anymore during our visit, so we didn’t think it was worth our time. There is no wrong time to visit this castle! 🙂, This post is everything! First, Inveraray Castle is one of those postcard-perfect, Disney-like castles you dream about seeing. From visiting castles to sipping whisky to bagging some Munros to exploring the mystical Isle of Skye…there is enough to keep you busy for weeks. London & Scotland 10 Day Itinerary December 26, 2018 Our London & Scotland 10 day itinerary comes from our trip to the UK in June 2016. The Fairy Glen is perhaps the most aptly-named photography destination you will encounter on the Isle of Skye. The majority of visitors will begin their road trips in Edinburgh, including myself. There is a restroom, cafe, and facilities on site that are available during opening times. Parking would likely have been a major nightmare in the more popular months, but it was no problem at all as my Scotland road trip took place in October. The trail can actually be taken all the way to Sligachan, but most of us will just walk a mile, maybe two, then turn around. On accommodation some sunshine it in person, not your right. ) almost it. 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