With regards to touring the countryside in Europe, there are such a large number of alternatives for epic outings. You can follow fantasies on the Romantic Road in southern Germany, circumnavigate islands like Iceland or Ireland, pursue daylight and port in Portugal, follow the fjords in Norway… the decisions are interminable.
Yet, one of my preferred excursions that I’ve taken as of late in Europe? A 10-day trip through Scotland that concentrated on whisky.
Presently, before you discount this as not for you in light of the fact that possibly you don’t care for whisky enough to design an entire excursion around it, realize that I don’t drink Scotch by any means!
Be that as it may, this excursion doesn’t simply comprise of visiting refineries and drinking whisky – it likewise incorporates investigating Edinburgh, a sample of the isles, and time spent in the delightful Scottish Highlands.
Arranging a Scotland excursion
Above all else, we should discuss travels in Scotland.
It’s a great spot for an excursion, with some idiotically grand spots like the Highlands and the Hebrides. It has some settled excursion courses like the North Coast 500, yet Scotland is little enough that you can pretty much observe anything you desire in a generally short measure of time.
I suggest in any event seven days for a legitimate Scottish excursion; this schedule covers 10 days, yet you could without much of a stretch out that to about fourteen days or more if there’s more you need to see.
There’s such a great amount to find in Scotland!
Leasing a vehicle in Scotland
You will require a rental vehicle for this Scotland excursion schedule. You *can* get around parts of Scotland utilizing trains, ships, and transports, however to truly have the opportunity to visit all the spots recommended here, you’ll have to lease a vehicle.
Elliot and I leased a vehicle through Auto Europe, and got it after our time in Edinburgh. I like Auto Europe for vehicle rentals in the UK, and suggest them!
Quest for rental vehicles in Scotland here.
Inquisitive sheep looking at our rental vehicle on Islay
Driving in Scotland
Scotland’s streets are commonly all around kept up, and it’s reasonably effectively to explore them as an English-speaker. However, there are a couple of things about driving in Scotland that you have to know:
Scotland is a piece of the United Kingdom, and they drive on the left-hand roadside there. This can appear to be overwhelming, however you truly become acclimated to it before long.
Traffic all through Scotland for the most part isn’t really awful once you escape the significant urban communities. For this agenda, you don’t generally require a vehicle in Edinburgh, and to dodge the issues that accompany attempting to discover leaving in the city, I’d suggest getting your vehicle once you’re prepared to leave Edinburgh.
“Expressways” in Scotland are regularly only 2-path streets outside of the primary urban areas, and it’s exceptionally basic out in the open country and on the isles to wind up driving on one-path/single track streets. Be ready when driving on one-path streets – you’ll here and there need to stop to allow others to pass.
You may likewise run into congested driving conditions that resemble this
When to visit Scotland
You would road be able to trip in Scotland whenever of year, yet the climate is commonly the best throughout the mid year months.
July and August are the busiest months in Scotland (with August being celebration month in Edinburgh), which numerous individuals like to maintain a strategic distance from. For this specific agenda, it’s likewise important that mid-summer is generally “quiet season” for some refineries. Quiet season is the point at which they enjoy a reprieve from whisky creation so as to do yearly upkeep.
For both of these reasons, Elliot and I arranged our Scotland whisky excursion in June. Late May or early September would likewise be a decent alternative.
Summer in Scotland can be delightful – yet you likewise need to plan for all climate!
10-day Scotland excursion schedule
Here’s the full schedule we utilized, in the event that you need to take it to help plan your own excursion!
(Note: I don’t suggest getting your rental vehicle until Day 4 of this schedule; you needn’t bother with a vehicle in Edinburgh, and it’s irritating to attempt to discover leaving there in any case!)
Day 1: Intro to Edinburgh
I’m not overstating when I state that Edinburgh is one of my preferred urban areas on the planet. It’s wonderful and memorable, and is a genuine city without feeling excessively overwhelmingly large.
I’ve visited Edinburgh in each season, and keep up that it’s actually the main spot to begin an excursion in Scotland. For this situation, it’s certainly the main spot to begin a whisky-driven excursion in Scotland!
On your first day in the city, I suggest getting to know it.
Start on the Royal Mile in the Old Town, which is the touristy road that runs from Edinburgh Castle at the top to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the base.
Edinburgh Castle on the slope
Royal residence of Holyroodhouse
You might need to visit one of these manors, as well – my pick is Holyroodhouse, which I believe is more fascinating than Edinburgh Castle since the previous is as yet utilized as a regal living arrangement at whatever point the Queen is visiting the area.
Along the Royal Mile, you can likewise fly in to St. Giles Cathedral, and make a trip to see Victoria Street, my preferred road in Edinburgh that could possibly have enlivened Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
On the off chance that you stroll down Victoria Street, it will bring you down to the Grassmarket, which is a flawless spot to sit out on a yard and appreciate a beverage.
Tonight, you should pursue a recorded city visit after dull. Edinburgh has an exceptionally long history – and not every last bit of it is pleasant. There are different visits you can take to investigate the darker side of the city, from evening time phantom visits to after-dim recorded strolls.
Where to remain in Edinburgh
There are bunches of inns to look over in Edinburgh, and the majority of them are inside strolling separation (or a speedy Uber ride) to all the features both the Old Town and New Town.
A portion of my preferred spots to remain in Edinburgh include:
Mid-run inn in the Old Town: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile –I like this inn on Cowgate in light of the fact that it’s near the Royal Mile, but then not excessively uproarious. The rooms are brilliant and clean, the complimentary wireless internet is quick, and you typically get free breakfast with your booking. (Read reviews | Book here)
Loft in the Old Town: No. 1 Apartments – George IV Bridge –I love these lofts on George IV Bridge. I leased a one-room condo here once, and I had a perspective on Edinburgh Castle from my kitchen window! (Peruse reviews | Book here)
View from the George IV Bridge condo I leased
Lavish inn in the Old Town: Radisson Blu Edinburgh –If you need to remain directly ON the Royal Mile, look at the Radisson Blue with its contemporary rooms. (Read reviews | Book here)
Condo lodging in the New Town: Eden Locke –For studio and one-room lofts on George Street, I like Eden Locke. It’s completely arranged close to eateries and bistros in the New Town, yet inside strolling separation to Princes’ Street Gardens at the Old Town. (Read reviews | Book here)
Day 2: Whisky in Edinburgh
OK, we should get to the whisky segment of this schedule as of now!
Start your morning with a comfortable breakfast, and afterward advance over to the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile.
Scotch Whisky Experience
Regardless of whether you don’t care to drink whisky, a visit here merits doing. You’ll get the chance to find out about the historical backdrop of whisky and the refining procedure, alongside all the distinctive whisky districts in Scotland – complete with scratch-and-sniff card!
Indeed, even the most fundamental visit incorporates a whisky tasting inside a room loaded up with in excess of 3,300 jugs of Scotch whisky. Certainly bring the camera for this one!
The otherworldly whisky assortment at the Scotch Whisky Experience
Elliot and I did The Silver Tour (the most fundamental visit), however there are longer visits that incorporate more tastings. Rather than paying for a more extended visit, we made a beeline for the historical center’s bar straightaway, where we snatched a whisky tasting flight and chocolates to combine with it.
(Also, no, no one will take a gander at your abnormal for doing a whisky tasting before lunch in Scotland!)
Truth be told: Elliot drank a large portion of mine, as well! Beneficial thing we were simply strolling!
This evening, go for a walk through Princes Street Gardens and investigate the New Town (which, is just “new” corresponding to the Old Town; it’s still exceptionally notable).
In the event that you feel like more whisky is all together, consider pursuing a night whisky and narrating visit. For me, Scotch and stories go connected at the hip; the “water of life” is the same amount of a piece of Scottish culture as narrating, and this visit merges them in a great manner.
For dusk today (and recollect that in the late spring months the sun sets quite late in Scotland!), head to Calton Hill in the New Town, which has the absolute best night sees out over Edinburgh.
Calton Hill during Golden Hour – I love this view!
Day 3: Choose your own Edinburgh experience
Edinburgh is certifiably not a major city, yet there are still a lot of things left to do! What you plan for your last day in the city relies upon your own advantages.
Alternative 1: Museums and landmarks
Start your day at the National Museum of Scotland. This gallery is committed to the historical backdrop of (you got it) Scotland, however has displays covering things like workmanship, plan, world societies, and even dinosaurs, as well. (They likewise have the genuine Dolly the Sheep here!)
National Museum of Scotland
Next, you can make an appearance at the Scottish National Gallery, situated on The Mound underneath Edinburgh Castle. Both of these exhibition halls are allowed to visit, so you can spend as long as you prefer at every one.
From that point, in case you’re up for a little exercise, you can head up the Scott Monument for one of a kind perspectives over Edinburgh. This Victorian Gothic landmark is devoted to Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, and is perhaps the biggest landmark to an author anyplace in the w