6 - 8 Days in Scotland


One week in Scotland gives you enough time to see the famous places without feeling too rushed.

An itinerary for 7 days in Scotland could comfortably include visits to Edinburgh, Culloden, Loch Ness, Skye, Glencoe, and Loch Lomond. You might even fit in a day trip to Iona or a ride on the Jacobite Steam train.

But these are all mainstream tourist attractions and the ethos of Secret Scotland is to also show you the great places in Scotland that other people miss.

For example, a great way to spend a week in Scotland would be island hopping up the west coast. With 7 days, you could start with a day in Edinburgh then cross the country to spend a relaxed 2 nights on the Isle of Arran. From Arran, it is a short hop to the Mull of Kintyre for a great scenic drive to the lively harbour town of Oban. After a stopover in Oban, you could catch a morning ferry to the Isle of Mull and base yourself there for 2 nights whilst exploring Iona, Staffa and Ulva.

Our range of 6 - 8 day itineraries caters for all sorts of interests and paces of travel. So we can help you whether you want an itinerary that ticks a “bucket list” of famous places OR you prefer a relaxed road trip away from the crowds.

6 - 8 Day Tours from Edinburgh


Classic Scotland East to West

We call this the “Classic Scotland” as it is a tour plan that covers all the famous places that come to mind when you think of Scotland. If using this itinerary for 7 days in Scotland, you could pace it as follows.   >>> READ MORE

Map for one week in Scotland using the Classic Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 3 - Pitlochry to Inverness
  • Day 4 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 7 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Scenic Flexi East to West

The Scenic Flexi tour plan caters for people who want to see a lot of Scotland, but also like the idea of staying 2 nights in each location. The tour is called “Flexi” as we provide lots of day trip options around Edinburgh, Inverness, Skye, and Oban. So you can choose which day trips suit your interests best. For a 7 day Scotland itinerary you could schedule the tour plan as follows:   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Scenic Flexi Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Day 3 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 4 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 7 - Oban to Glasgow or Edinburgh

 

Best of Scotland East to West

Like the Scenic Flexi tour, this itinerary includes lots of day trip options to let you adapt the tour to your schedule and interest. The Best of Scotland takes you up to Gairloch in the North West Highlands. The scenery around Gairloch is stunning and Mike rates it as his favourite place in Scotland. For 8 days in Scotland, we’d suggest a schedule such as below.  >>> READ MORE

Map for a week in Scotland using the Best of Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Cairngorms
  • Day 3 - Cairngorms to Gairloch
  • Day 4 - Gairloch to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Fort William / Glencoe
  • Day 7 - Day trips from Fort William
  • Day 8 - Fort William to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Famous Landmarks

This itinerary is similar to the Classic Scotland, but it features a visit to St Andrews as part of the driving route. If you have 8 days in Scotland you can use this itinerary as a plan for visiting Edinburgh, St Andrews, Culloden, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan, Skye, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Mull, Iona and Staffa. To pace as an itinerary for 8 days in Scotland, we’d suggest the following:  
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Map for 8 days in Scotland using the Famous Landmarks itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry via St Andrews
  • Day 3 - Pitlochry to Inverness
  • Day 4 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Oban via Glenfinnan
  • Day 7 - Day trips from Oban to Mull & Iona
  • Day 8 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Romantic Scotland

Ideal if you wish to tour Scotland in a week at a relaxed pace. This itinerary features lots of pretty villages, woodland walks and romantic settings. For a Honeymoon, or just a laidback week in Scotland, you could pace this itinerary as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 3 - 5 days Romantic Scotland Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh 
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 4 - Day trips from Pitlochry
  • Day 5 - Pitlochry to Loch Fyne
  • Day 6 - Day trips from Loch Fyne
  • Day 7 - Loch Fyne to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Whisky Explorer

One week in Scotland lets you sample a lot of whisky at its source. But this itinerary has also been designed to cater for the family members who aren’t so interested in whisky and it includes options to keep spouses happy whilst their “other halves” are in the tasting rooms.    >>> READ MORE

May for 7 days in Scotland using Whisky Explorer itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry 
  • Day 3 - Pitlochry to Royal Deeside
  • Day 4 - Royal Deeside to Speyside
  • Day 5 - Speyside to Inverness
  • Day 6 - Inverness to Cairngorms
  • Day 7 - Cairngorms to Edinburgh

 

Island Explorer

Island Hopping is one of the most enjoyable ways of touring Scotland and in 7 days you can “bag” quite a few islands. Our “Island Explorer” tour can start from Edinburg or Glasgow and then visits Arran, Oban and Mull with options to visit a few other small islands along the way. Schedule this tour as follows for one week in Scotland.    >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Island Explorer itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Arran
  • Day 3 - Explore Arran
  • Day 4 - Arran to Oban
  • Day 5 - Oban to Mull
  • Day 6 - Explore Mull, Iona & Staffa
  • Day 7 - Mull to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Historic Scotland

This itinerary is a good option for one week in Scotland if you want an itinerary that features some 2 night stays. The route takes you to castles and battlefields that witnessed some of the pivotal events in Scottish history. You can pace this itinerary over 7 days as follows:   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Historic Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry via Stirling
  • Day 3 - Pitlochry to Inverness
  • Day 4 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 5 - Inverness to Oban
  • Day 6 - Day trips from Oban
  • Day 7 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

6 - 8 Day Tours from Glasgow


Classic Scotland West to East

The “Classic Scotland” tour plan features all the iconic places that Scotland is best known for. It is a good choice if you are a first time visitor looking for a comprehensive tour of Scotland. If scheduling this itinerary for 6 days in Scotland, we suggest you pace as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Classic Scotland Itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Oban
  • Day 2 - Oban to Skye
  • Day 3 - Skye to Inverness
  • Day 4 - Inverness to Pitlochry
  • Day 5 - Pitlochry to Edinburgh
  • Day 6 - Explore Edinburgh

 

Scenic Flexi West to East

The Scenic Flexi tour plan caters for people who want to see a lot of Scotland, but also like the idea of easing the pace with some 2 night stays. The tour is called “Flexi” as we provide lots of day trip options around Oban, Skye, Inverness and Edinburgh. So you can choose which day trips suit your interests best. One week in Scotland could be paced as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Scenic Flexi Itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Oban
  • Day 2 - Day trips from Oban
  • Day 3 - Oban to Skye
  • Day 4 - Tour Skye
  • Day 5 - Skye to Inverness
  • Day 6 - Inverness to Edinburgh
  • Day 7 - Explore Edinburgh

 

Best of Scotland West to East

Like the Scenic Flexi tour, this itinerary includes lots of day trip options to let you adapt the tour to your schedule and interest. The Best of Scotland takes you up to Gairloch in the North West Highlands. The scenery around Gairloch is stunning and Mike rates it as his favourite place in Scotland. For 8 days in Scotland, we’d suggest a schedule as shown below.  >>> READ MORE

Map for 8 days in Scotland using Best of Scotland itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Fort William
  • Day 2 - Day trips from Fort William
  • Day 3 - Fort William to Skye
  • Day 4 - Tour Skye
  • Day 5 - Skye to Gairloch
  • Day 6 - Gairloch to Cairngorms
  • Day 7 - Cairngorms to Edinburgh
  • Day 8 - Discover Edinburgh

 

6 to 8 Day Tours from Inverness


North Coast 500

The best way to drive the NC500 is to plan some 2 night stays along the route so you have time to explore the quiet corners. Although it’s not part of the NC500, we also include a guide for exploring Orkney. To drive the NC500 in one week, you could schedule a tour as follows:    >>> READ MORE

Map for NC500 in a week

  • Day 1 - Arrive Inverness / Inverness Day trips
  • Day 2 - Inverness to Gairloch
  • Day 3 - Day trip to Applecross
  • Day 4 - Gairloch to Ullapool
  • Day 5 - Ullapool to Thurso
  • Day 6 - Day trip to Orkney 
  • Day 7 - Thurso to Inverness

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