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 aim of Secret Scotland is to 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.
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
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
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
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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Ideal if you have one week in Scotland and prefer to tour 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
One week in Scotland gives you time to visit a lot of distilleries and sample 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
Island Hopping is one of the most enjoyable ways of touring Scotland and in one week you can “bag” quite a few islands. Our “Island Explorer” tour can start from Edinburgh 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
This itinerary is a good option for a 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
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
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
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
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