Scenic Scotland itinerary – Your Scotland vacation

Your Scotland multi-centre holiday needs to be perfect, so we’re here to help make sure you make the most of the precious time you have, whilst discovering all the best of what this beautiful country has to offer. From Outlander filming locations, to discovering your Scottish ancestors, choosing a castle to visit and tasting a ‘wee dram’, your Scotland vacation is all wrapped up in this Scotland itinerary.

We recommend the Scenic Scotland tour for your trip to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, and our reservations agents can help you book your accommodation in each city all for one low price, plus recommend places to visit.

Scotland’s a small country, but with so much to see. We’d recommend you spend a minimum of four nights here to get the most from at least three different cities and longer if you’d like to explore other areas. You could stay in any of the cities for longer and take day trips to other popular areas using local guides from Rabbie’s Tours.

Getting Around Scotland

There are lots of ways to get around. Hiring a car can be one of the most effective ways to explore Scotland once you’re here. Getting between cities and beyond by car means you’ll have the freedom to move at your own pace. If you’re not keen on driving on the left, you can use the trains. If you book in advance you’re likely to get better fare prices. Use the Trainline to plan your route and avoid travelling at peak times when trains can be very busy.

Scenic Scotland: Five Days in Scotland

Day one: Glasgow

Start your trip in the world’s friendliest city where you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome with a friendly smile.

Drop your luggage at the hotel and catch the subway out to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It’s one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions with 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries and over 8,000 objects.

Stick to the West End where the city comes alive at night, with independent restaurants and bars you’ll be spoilt for choice. Byres Road and Ashton Lane will have you mixing with the Glaswegians, tasting delicious food and sipping local beers and gins.

Day two: Glasgow to Edinburgh

After a restful night’s sleep at Apex City of Glasgow, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready for another busy day.

A walk around the ‘Style Mile’ just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel on Bath Street, and you’ll find an abundance of high street shops and luxury brands. Buchanan Street is a hive of activity, bustling with locals. But as you explore, remember to look up. Glasgow’s character comes from its architectural influences as well as work by local designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but it’s only truly appreciated when you take a step back.

If you came to Scotland to discover your ancestors, pop in to the Mitchell Library where you can search the archives to trace your family history.

Then it’s time to head for Scotland’s capital –-next stop Edinburgh!

Catch the one-hour train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley, or it’s a straight forward one hour drive along the M8 motorway.

Day Three: Edinburgh

Waking up in historic Edinburgh will be the highlight of your trip if you book a castle view room at Apex Grassmarket or Apex City of Edinburgh. But even if you don’t, you’ll be centrally located in the city centre when you stay at one of four Apex Hotels.

To get a true appreciation for the scale of Edinburgh Castle, we recommend starting your day with a wander along Princes Street gardens, it’s particularly beautiful in the sun and if you’d like a challenge you can climb the Scott Monument for exceptional views across the city.

In the afternoon you’ll have time to head over the city’s Old Town. Head to The Elephant House for lunch, the famous café where J.K. Rowling sat writing much of her early Harry Potter novels. From there you’ll be just a short walk to the iconic Royal Mile.

You could spend the full afternoon exploring Edinburgh Castle including The Great Hall, The Royal Palace, Crown Jewels and you might witness the firing of the One O’clock Gun.

In the evening catch a show at Edinburgh Playhouse, or dine one of our four Edinburgh restaurants. If you’d like to try a few ‘wee drams’ the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile offers an interesting tour which finishes in the collection room showcasing nearly 4,000 bottles.

Day Four: Edinburgh to Dundee

Your second day in Edinburgh can be spent exploring one of the city’s many museums or art galleries. You can choose from some of our favourites including The Museum of Scotland and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Or if you’re travelling with children, Edinburgh Zoo, Dynamic Earth or The Royal Yacht Britannia all make great days out in Edinburgh.

You can then catch the train from Waverley Train Station to Dundee, or if you have a hire car then follow the road over the new Queensferry Crossing toward Perth on to Dundee in around 90 minutes.

The afternoon can be spend exploring the newly developed waterfront area which includes attractions like RRS Discovery, a ship made in Dundee that took Captain Scott on his journey to Antarctica. Try and catch the sunset over the River Tay in the evening after a meal in our Quayside restaurant, Metro Bar & Brasserie.

Day Five: Dundee

If you’re lucky enough to visit Dundee after the new V&A Museum opens in September 2018, you could book a room with a V&A view for the ultimate Dundee experience before spending the day exploring the new museum. Or take a drive to Dundee’s seaside town, Broughty Ferry. You’ll find a castle, local ice cream and boat trips to see wildlife like the River Tay’s resident dolphin population.

And that’s your Scenic Scotland trip over in a flash. If you’d like to start planning or booking your trip, call one of our reservation agents at Apex Hotels on 0800 049 8000. They can help you organise your accommodation at each stop.