7 days in Scotland Itinerary

7 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow, Train to Aviemore
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Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive
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Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Saltcoats
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly

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Aviemore

— 1 night
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 26th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, and then identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aviemore holiday app.

New York City, USA to Aviemore is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. In December in Aviemore, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and then identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glencoe tour itinerary maker site.

Drive from Aviemore to Glencoe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Glencoe sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Saltcoats.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Saltcoats

— 1 night
Saltcoats is a small town on the west coast of North Ayrshire, Scotland. On the 28th (Mon), explore the galleries of Art 'N' Joy Art Gallery and Framer, enjoy the sand and surf at Stevenston Beach, and then kick back and relax at Saltcoats Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saltcoats online route planner.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Saltcoats takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Saltcoats

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel route tool.

Drive from Saltcoats to Edinburgh in 2 hours. In December in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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.