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1. Amazing Scotland: 6 days in Scotland

See this structure at Calton Hills at sunset during 7 days in Scotland.
Admire architectural splendor and the vibrant history of Edinburgh.
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh
Day 2 Spend the day touring Edinburgh
Day 3 Journey to the rugged and mystical Scottish Highlands
Day 4 Explore the outdoorsy paradise of Aviemore and Loch Ness
Day 5 Travel via the legendary Stirling Castle before arriving in Glasgow
Day 6 End your trip in Glasgow

Discover two of the most beautiful and popular Scottish cities in under a week, with this itinerary that hops between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s perfect for travelers who are short on time and want to experience both of these cultural heavyweights, from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Of course, the magic of traveling between these two amazing cities is that you get to journey through the adventure wonderland of Aviemore and the iconic Loch Ness. Take a break to live your Harry Potter dreams by visiting the Glenfinnan Viaduct! See all our 6-day tours in Scotland.

2. Highlights of Scotland: 7 days in Scotland

Visit Urquhart Castle and the green surroundings during 7 days in Scotland.
See historical ruins and massive green spaces while touring Inverness.
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh
Day 2 Journey north to Inverness
Day 3 Explore the highland capital of Inverness, including a trip to the historic Culloden Moor
Day 4 Travel to the Isle of a Skye
Day 5 Discover the city of Fort William with a whisky tasting at the Ben Nevis Distillery
Day 6  Journey down to Glasgow where you can check out sights like Celtic Park and Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Day 7 End your tour in Glasgow

If you’re looking for a 7-day Scotland itinerary, you have the time to jump between the iconic cities of southern Scotland before heading north to the stunning Scottish Highlands. Carve out time to visit the majestic Black Cullin mountains, feel the history and culture at the Culloden Battlefield near Inverness, or even hike Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis! With a beautiful mix of vibrant cities, like Edinburgh and Glasgow, which have a whole host of museums, like the Mackintosh House, as well as high-end restaurants, independent stores, and great nightlife, and the wild open spaces of the Highlands and islands, you can get the best of Scotland all rolled into one week. See all our 7-day tours in Scotland.

3. The Great Glen Way: 8 days in Scotland

Foggy view from Ben Nevis on an overcast day.
Hike Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain of the British Isles, and get spectacular views of the surroundings.
Day 1 Arrive in Fort William
Day 2 Trek past Old Inverlochy Castle to Gairlochy
Day 3 Continue onwards to South Laggan
Day 4 Head via The Well of the Seven heads to Fort Augustus
Day 5 Trek past Loch Ness on the way to Invermoriston
Day 6 Experience views of Ben Nevis on the way to Drumnadrochit
Day 7 Descend the Great Glen Way into Inverness
Day 8 Conclude your tour in Inverness before heading home!

If you have just over 7 days in Scotland, one of the best ways to see this gorgeous country is by foot. Scotland has so many incredible long-distance, multi-day hiking trails, including the Great Glen Way, which takes you past iconic sights like Ben Nevis and Old Inverlochy Castle. Along the way, you can enjoy panoramic views of natural spots like Loch Lomond, the Hebrides, the Irish Sea, and many more iconic Scottish locations. Depending on the route, you can also hike past ancient castle ruins and beautiful waterfalls like the Cia-aig waterfall, so if you want to slow down and appreciate Scotland’s beauty and history, hiking tours in Scotland are going to be the trips for you. See all our 8-day tours in Scotland.

If you have around 7 days in Scotland, give or take, there are plenty of amazing itineraries that celebrate the natural beauty, awesome cities, and historic locations that make Scotland a world-class destination. Check them out and choose your favorite! If you’re looking for advice about a customized trip in Scotland, connect with our in-country travel experts to find out more!

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Published by Tim Green, updated on December 24, 2023

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