From Edinburgh to the Coast: 1 Week in Scotland

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Jessie West

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  • International Travel

  • England

  • Scotland

  • Edinburgh

  • City Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Countryside

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Visiting Scotland was the reason I got my first passport and this destination will forever be at the top of my travel list. Discover beautiful landscapes with ancient stories, dynamic cities with award-winning restaurants, golf courses that started the sport and some of the best whisky in the world. Whatever you’re looking for, Scotland won’t disappoint!

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Where to stay

The Balmoral Hotel

Legendary hotel and landmark clock tower, The Balmoral Hotel is a regal and luxurious hotel that is a true love letter to Scotland.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Perched on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the New Town, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel blends traditional glamor with the Scotland of today.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

InterContinental Edinburgh The George

Dating back to 1881, this storied hotel offers all the luxuries of an InterContinental life in the heart of the Scottish capital.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & guaranteed late check-out.

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Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh

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After checking into your hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town this afternoon, take a stroll to Princes Street Gardens to check out the Ross Fountain and then visit the Scott Monument. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, climb the 287 steps to the top for a commanding view of the city.


Enjoy a bit of traditional Scottish fare for dinner tonight. At The Bon Vivant, a cozy pub atmosphere features elevated dishes utilizing locally-grown produce. Sample the Haggis Bon Bons for a gentle intro to Scotland’s most famous dish. Wash it down with a dram from the well-appointed whisky list.

Day 2: Explore the Scottish Capital

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Today you’ll set off to explore Edinburgh’s Old Town either on your own or with a private guide. Trek the Royal Mile, wandering through bends and closes (alleyways.) Venture down Victoria Street to the Haymarket, ducking into cute shops along the way.


If you need a rest from walking and a bit of refinement, go for high tea served in the Palm Court at The Balmoral Hotel. Then, check out the National Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery. For an active afternoon, take a hike up the ancient volcano of Arthur’s Seat for the absolute best view in town.


For dinner tonight, head to Ondine Oyster & Grill in Old Town for fresh, local seafood.

Day 3: Adventure to the Highlands

Scotland travel guide, Loch Ness.

Journey north into the beauty of the Scottish Highlands today where the iconic scenery will take your breath away. I recommend a private driver-guided tour to make the most of the day without the worry of navigating mountain roads. Your guide will prioritize your must-see sites, but don’t hesitate to get off the beaten path if they have insider suggestions.

Visit Loch Lomond and the charming village of Luss on its shore. Then on to the majesty of Glencoe – hands down the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Walk the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness and even take a boat ride to the loch. You may also have time to visit Culloden Battlefield or stop at a whisky distillery before returning to Edinburgh this evening.

Day 4: Seaside in Leith

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Have a lie-in and a relaxed breakfast this morning before heading to Dean Village for an Insta-worthy vista. From there, follow the Water of Leith Walkway on foot or by bike for a leisurely and scenic trail to Stockbridge. Stop in for lunch at a café along the way.


Your afternoon destination is Leith, where Edinburgh meets the sea, with several beaches to enjoy if the weather is nice. You can take the trail all the way to Leith if you choose, but a car or bus is an easy alternative. Once at the harbor, you’ll tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the ocean liner formerly used by Britain’s royal family. Stick around Leith tonight for dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant, The Kitchin, and lively nightlife along the waterfront.

Day 5: Indulge

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Today is all about doing what makes you happy. Options abound but can be customized for you and your traveling companions. Golfers may take a tour to St. Andrews or book a tee time at one of Scotland’s championship courses. Whisky lovers can visit a distillery or two (or three) or arrange a private tasting in the city. Film and TV fans may opt to visit filming locations from the Outlander series or check out sites that inspired Harry Potter. Genealogy buffs can trace their Scottish clan history with a local researcher or shop for traditional tartans.

Day 6: Castles & Ceilidhs

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I’ve saved the best for last on your final full day in Edinburgh. Immerse yourself in the history of Scotland with guided tours of both Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle.


If you’re visiting in August, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo can’t be missed. It’s a celebration with all the trimmings – pipe & drum bands, Highland dances and fireworks over the castle. Any other time of year, book dinner at Scotland’s most famous restaurant, The Witchery by the Castle. Then enjoy a lively ceilidh with music and dancing at a local venue like Ghillie Dhu or a more traditional music session at Sandy Bell’s.

Day 7: Depart Edinburgh

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Bid a fond farewell to Scotland today with memories that will stay with you forever. Depending on your flight time, you may have one last chance for souvenir shopping along George Street or the Royal Mile.

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