Today’s post is part three in a series about planning a trip to Scotland. If you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, you might want to read those first. If you’d like personalized help planning your trip, please take a look at my Scotland trip-planning service.
It’s all starting to come together now. Over the last two weeks I’ve provided information and recommendations on the right time to go to Scotland and where to spend that time. Today I’m just going to talk about time – as in how much is ideal for your trip to Scotland.
While Scotland is on the small side in terms of land mass, the country is incredibly dense with vistas, historical landmarks, and vibrant villages. It’s important to accept the fact that you cannot see it all in one trip or even ten. Attempts to cram everything into your trip will be frustrating and unfulfilling.
First, let’s look at some common trip lengths. Then I’ll provide my recommendation on the ideal trip length at the end!
If you’ve only got a handful of days to see Scotland, it’s generally part of a longer backpacking stint around Europe or perhaps work related. With such little time, it’s important to draw your circle of possible destinations closer to where you’ll be: in most cases that’s Edinburgh or Glasgow. Time is short, so far-flung regions of Scotland’s highlands and islands are out due to the amount of time required to get to them.
With two or three days, Edinburgh makes an excellent base and a day trip down to the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, over to Glasgow, or up to Fife and lower Perthshire wouldn’t be out of the question. Anything further afield, though, and the trip will feel rushed and you might fail to get a sense of the great city of Edinburgh. Even two or three days in Edinburgh will barely scratch the surface; I’m thankful I’ll have the chance to spend three weeks there next month!
Just a few days isn’t going to be enough for you, is it? Keep reading then.