When to go:
Getting to Edinburgh
|Our Edinburgh AirBnB
|Edinburgh Old Town
Morning Run and Brunch:
The Royal Mile:
|View from the Calton Hill
|St. Giles Cathedral
Drive to Inverness:
|High Tea at Perth
Isle of Skye:
|Old Man of Storr
|Biking the Isle of Skye
Drive to Fort Williams:
|Viaduct view from Glenfinnan
Drive to Edinburgh:
Train to London:
- Must get a railcard if you plan to take multiple trips. Check out various options. The one that worked for us was "Two Together Railcard". It was easy to get and gave us deep discounts on tickets. We booked all our tickets from trainline.co.uk
- Narrow single lane roads are everywhere, especially in the Isle of Skye. Follow the protocol and wait in the passing areas for other drivers.
- Decided to skip Glasgow as it is "just another city"
- Skipped Loch Lomond as we were short on time.
- If going to Loch Lomond, might as well ride the jacobite train too.
- Aberdeen is another popular city to visit.
- Edinburgh Castle - Set atop an extinct volcano, looks majestic from the city. Has exhibit of crown jewels and one of the oldest inhabited castles.
- Blair Castle - Looks very pretty from the highway with green mountains in the background. Boasts of a good distillery closeby.
- Inverness Castle - Smaller castle, but if you stop by in the city for lunch, take in the views from the bridge.
- Urquhart Castle - Castle is in ruins. It is next to Loch Ness and you pay to go see. We totally enjoyed going in seein the ruins. Gives really good views of the Loch.
- Eilean Donan Castle - Loved the setting of this castle. You take a footbridge to get to it. The better views of the castle and the bridge are from the parking lot. Fun fact: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai movie was shot here. See this link on youtube.
- Dunvegon Castle - We missed this as we arrived late. It closes at 5 pm. But I anyway didn't intend to go in, but couldn't figure out where to get the views of this castle from. If you do, let me know and I will add them here :)