Scotland – An Itinerary

My best friend and I are planning our trip to Scotland this week – so obviously we incorporated wine and a charcuterie board into our planning sess.  Since this is my first attempt at blogging – a sentence I never thought I would say … or type – you don’t know my affinity for cheese and wine yet.  But don’t worry, you will.

More to the point, I am going to Scotland next week, and I thought I would share the itinerary that my bff and I came up with.  So here goes.

Monday:

11:30 am: arrive at Airport

11:30 am -12:57 pm: bask in the glorious feeling of having no work to do

12:57 pm: Flight to Connecting City

2:55 pm: Arrive at Connection

2:55-9:55 pm: Sleep in the airport and pray they did not lose our bags (which happened on our trip to Ireland …. both ways.  But, despite not showering or changing clothes over a period of three days, we still managed to have a great time)

9:55 pm: Flight to Scotland

TuesdayARRIVE IN EDINBURGH

Today, we are going to grab some coffee and explore Edinburgh, including most of the following sites:

  • Edinburgh Castle  
  • Gladstone’s Land
  • St. Giles’ Cathedral
  • Palace of Holyrood House
  • Queen’s Gallery
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday:  Hike to Arthur’s Seat and visit any of the sites mentioned above that we didn’t make it to on Tuesday

Thursday: We are taking the Jacobite-Steam Train (AKA the Hogwarts Express) Tour

  • First stop is for coffee at Tyndrum 
  • Next stop is at Glencoe (WHERE PART OF HARRY POTTER WAS FILMED (when Hagrid is skipping stones)  – and where an apparently less happy event occurred – i.e. the bonniest of Prince Charlies)
  • Next we will arrive in Mallaig where we will have approximately one hour to enjoy a walk and take in the local atmosphere
  • We will then board a train to Fort William, and afterwards back to Glasgow by coach

Friday:

  • Explore Stirling, including Stirling Castle
  • National Wallace Monument
  • Doune Castle (20 minutes from the Wallace Monument)
  • Inchmahome priory

Saturday: Isle of Skye

  • Fairy pools
  • Quiraing
  • Black Cuillin Mountains
  • Old Man of Storr

SundayInverness

  • Leakey’s Bookshop : located in a converted 1649 church
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Loch Ness

MondayUrquhart Castle

Tuesday: Today we are doing a Whiskey Tour, which I am VERY excited to do.  In 2016, my fiancé and I did the Bourbon Trail, which was a blast.  And I am hoping that this turns out to be just as fun!  Here is the itinerary our tour guide sent us: 

7:00ish am: at this ungodly hour, we will be meeting the wise Duncan Cartwright for our Whiskey Tour!

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Find Duncan

9:00 am: Departure from Grantown On Spey

9:00 am – 9:35 am: drive to Glenlivet

9:35 am – 10:00 am: Browse the exhibition and shop before you join the first tour of the day at 1000.

10:00 am: Glenlivet Classic Tour (£10) i.e. “Where it all started”, the first legal distillery in Speyside. Good exhibition.

1:00 pm: – 13:00 pm Glenfiddich Explorers Tour (£10) They say Dufftown was built on seven distilleries and Glenfiddich is one of the most well know producing  variety of innovative malts. It’s also a very photogenic distillery.

3:00 pm: Speyside Cooperage (£4) Watch the coopers at work. Some say the cask provides 70% of the flavour.

4:30 pm: Macallan Tour

Wednesday: Visit Balmoral!

ThursdayBack to Edinburgh we go for our final night and a different fun part of the city!

 

 

 

 

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