13 days in Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Glencoe
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Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saltcoats
— 1 night
Drive
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Glasgow
— 3 nights
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Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor.

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New York City, USA to Glencoe is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. December in Glencoe sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Aviemore

— 2 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables.

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You can drive from Glencoe to Aviemore in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

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Drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Saltcoats.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Saltcoats

— 1 night
Saltcoats is a small town on the west coast of North Ayrshire, Scotland. On the 3rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Saltcoats Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stevenston Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Artastic.

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Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Saltcoats takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Saltcoats

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Glasgow

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
When in Glasgow, make a side trip to see Loch Lomond in Stirling, approximately Stirling away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, stroll around Pollok Country Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church.

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Traveling by car from Saltcoats to Glasgow takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.