Day 1 - 9 Sep 2018
Content: We reached Edinburg Airport. The flight was delayed for 2 hours. It was well organised with polite staff. We took a taxi to the hotel which was booked in advance. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. We had dinner form The Rutland Hotel.
Day 2 - 10 Sep 2018
Content: We had breakfast from the hotel and headed to our first destination of the day. It was an elegant hotel with beautiful guest rooms. We started walking through the streets to explore the city. This was our first-time visit to Scotland, but maps made our trip easier. It is an incredible country with a rich culture and history. The hotel was located at the West End of Princes Street.
Content: We stopped at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The building itself attracted our eyes with its antique look. It is located at the Queen Street in Edinburgh. While we walked inside we got a very close glance of artworks. The building deals with many antique pictures and sculptures of Scotland. The journey to the gallery is well worth it that gave much information about Scottish national collections. We saw many antique collections most of them are oil paintings.
Content: We got a bus from Princes Street to Calton Hill. Calton Hill is another important landmark in Edinburgh. This hill is part of the UNESCO world heritage status. The National Monument is Scotland’s memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the Napoleonic wars. It is an unfinished classical styled building located at the top of the hill. It gave a great view of Edinburgh and the harbour. The Nelson Monument is another spot in Calton hill which is located at a walk able distance from The National Monument. It is built in the honour of the Vice-Admiral Nelson. This is a large tower with a ball called Time Ball made of wood at the top of the tower. We experienced a pollution-free atmosphere with fresh oxygen which attracted many tourists.
Content: We walked back to Princes Street Gardens were one of the great man-made landmarks in Europe located. It was very unique in its structure. We climbed up through the stairs which are quite narrow and twisty. It is the monument to a great writer, Sir Walter Scott. We find a museum room inside the monument that exhibited Scott's life and legacy. We saw a large statue of Scott with his beloved dog. From the top of the monument, we got an excellent view of Old town. We had some food which we carried with us and headed towards Edinburgh Castle.
Content: We took a taxi from Scott Monument to Edinburgh Castle. It is the most important landmark in Edinburgh. It is situated at the top of Castle Rock. We purchased tickets online to avoid a large queue. Every day except Sunday, the one O' clock gun is fired from the top of the castle. First, we visited Crown Jewels which is occupied with three important objects used during the crowning of every Scottish monarch. We saw the crown, the sword, and the scepter along with the Stone of Density. Then we walked ahead to visit Royal Apartments, among which Queen Mary’s chamber is highlighted. Next, we stopped at The Great Hall which is at the heart of the castle. It was used to host banquets. We got an amazing view of Edinburg from the top of the castle. It was amazing to view the city from the top of Lang Stairs. Then we headed towards the whisky museum.
Content: We reached the spot to experience Scotch whisky. Due to the time limit, we couldn't able to book a tour so we make it a point of the visit. They explain every process of whisky making. They explain various kinds of whisky and gave a sample glass of whisky. This is the perfect spot to taste lots of whiskey with expert advice.
Content: We went to The Last Drop for dinner which is located at the Grassmarket Edinburgh. It was a lovely historic pub filled with tourists. We ate a Smoked Scottish Salmon Sandwich. It was excellent in taste and presentation. Then we headed to the hotel.
Day 3 - 11 Sep 2018
Content: After breakfast, checked out the hotel and started to Inverness. It is a compact cosmopolitan city with a lot to see. It is the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Before headed towards Inverness we planned to visit another two major attractions in Edinburgh.
Content: We visited Arthur’s Seat, from the Holyrood Palace car park we took a red paved path. Arthur's seat is the highest of a group of hills formed from the remains of the volcano. We passed St. Anthony’s Chapel from where we could see a line of cliffs that lead up towards the summit of Arthur’s Seat called Lang Rig. By walking through the grassy path we reached the rocky path, from where we could see Dunsapie Loch below. We reached the top to enjoy the incredible views. Then we came back down to the grassy area.
Content: Holyrood Palace is another attractive place in Edinburgh. It is also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the Queen's official residence in Scotland. We saw the king’s bed-chamber which is overloaded with amazing artworks. The Great Gallery is another room in the palace that is decorated with 100 paintings of various Scottish monarchs. Then we headed towards Inverness.
Day 3 - 11 Sep 2018
Content: On the way to Inverness, we stopped at Blair Castle. It is located at the heart of Atholl Estates in Highland Perthshire. We visited the Victorian Ballroom which is decorated with deer antlers. Then we saw the entrance hall that is filled with a collection of weaponry mounted all over the walls. Finally, we saw the state dining room equipped with silverware that was used during the castle’s grand banquets. We took some relaxed time and headed towards Inverness.
Day 3 - 11 Sep 2018
Content: We reached Inverness and checked in to Kingsmills Hotel. It is an ideal place for first-time visitors. The staff was very helpful and polite. The rooms are very pleasant and spacious. We had dinner at the restaurant. The food was tasty and fresh. The rooms are equipped with TV and minibar.
Day 4 - 12 Sep 2018
Content: After a healthy breakfast, we moved to explore the city of Inverness. We ate fried eggs with beans in a mild sauce that is excellent in taste. We purchased some food items and started to look around the city.
Content: We stopped at Clava Cairns which is the Bronze Age cemetery complex. It includes passage graves; ring cairns, and standing stones. We saw many stone circles around. We took many photos with the backdrop of the standing stone. After spending some time we headed towards the Victorian Market.
Content: First, we stopped at The Highlanders' Museum which is located at the historic site of Fort George. It is the perfect spot for history lovers.
Content: We reached the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery which is located at the heart of the city. We saw many collections depicting the history, culture, and heritage of the Highlands. The museum is on two floors connected with a stair. We took a break at a coffee shop on the ground floor. There is an impressive collection of fossils and original Pictish stones. The Home of a Warrior Society was the highlighted part that displayed a wide range of artefacts from the Iron Age and the Pictish era. We enjoyed the place by learning about the history of Highlands.
Content: We reached Victoria Market which is a very simple shopping mall at the heart of the city. We found many shops selling fresh produce, spices, souvenirs, jewellery, and clothing. The roof of the building was very attractive made of iron and wood. We had some light snacks from the market and brought some snacks for the next day's journey.
Content: We went to enjoy the nightlife in Johnny Foxes pub. It is a traditional Scottish pub situated on the banks of Ness River. It is well known for the varieties of wine and cocktail collections. There was a DJ corner where many tourists enjoyed with others. We ate some food as well as drinks. The ambience was excellent. They serve drinks quickly. We enjoyed the place and return to hotel.
Day 5 - 13 Sep 2018
Content: After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and started to the Isle of Skye. It is one of the islands of the Hebrides in the northwest of Scotland full of the dramatic landscape. On the way, we had a plan to visit some major attractions of Inverness.
Content: We stopped at Urquhart Castle which is the perfect spot to capture the spirit of Scotland. We went to the visitor centre where they exhibited a scale model of the original castle explaining the history of the place. The visitors centre was also equipped with a gift shop and a restaurant serving food and drink both inside the centre and outside on the terrace overlooking the Loch. From the top of the tower, we got an excellent view of Loch Ness and the Great Glen. Then we moved towards Ness Island.
Content: We had a leisurely walk along the river to the Ness Islands. We saw many tall trees and some local fishermen trying to catch fishes. There are some footbridges to cross one side of the river to the other side. On the way, we saw the red-sandstone towers of St Andrew's Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. We reached the island and took a small break at Floral Hall. The hall includes small waterfalls, fish, and a collection of plants. There was a little tea room. After a small circular walk around the island, we returned to the car parking area.
Content: We reached Eilean Donan Castle after 2 hours’ drive. It was recommended by the driver to take amazing photographs. It is located at the junction of three beautiful lochs. The view from this point was mind-blowing. We explored the castle without any restrictions. It has been featured in many Hollywood movies. We took a walk along the shores of Loch Duich and Loch Long. We got charming photos on the backdrop of the castle. We headed towards the Isle of Skye.
Day 5 - 13 Sep 2018
Content: We reached Isle of Skye passing the Sligachan Bridge. It is the land of ancient landmarks and contemporary culture. Many filmmakers used Skye’s dramatic scenery for their film. It is located on the West Coast of Scotland. Due to time limits, we could stay for only two nights.
Content: We checked in to the hotel which is located at the capital of Skye, Portree. The location of the hotel was impressive with harbour and garden view rooms. We got a garden view room with a comfortable bed and a locker in the room. The front desk representative welcomed us with a smiling face. It was worth for money.
Day 6 - 14 Sep 2018
Content: We woke up and had a buffet breakfast form the restaurant. We started with a cup of fresh orange juice. The Vegetable Tortilla was an excellent option at the buffet. The hotel front desk manager arranged a car for our day trip to explore major attractions in Skye.
Content: Our first destination was Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls. It is one of the famous landmarks in Skye. It is the Kilt-like shape of the basalt and its waterfall dropping into the sea attracted many tourists. We saw a checker board pattern of red rocks and sandstone that gave kilt like look to the place. It is located a few miles away from Brother's Point. We saw a huge waterfall which drains directly into the sea. It very dangerous spot so don't try any adventures on the edge.
Content: We drove uphill towards Old Man of Storr which is the most popular place for photographers. It is located in the Trotternish region. The well-maintained path leads us to the wooden fence from where we could able to take many unique snaps. The entrance to the walkway begins from the large gate beside the map. We follow a gravel path and met at the half waypoint. We saw the Sound of Raasay, as well as the Isle of Raasay and the Isle of Rona from the top. We returned to car parking in a zigzagging route. We enjoyed it throughout the walk. The trail is wide and covered with gravel. We carried some snacks and drinks which helped us to walk for a long distance.
Content: Our final destination of the day was Fairy Pools. It is Scotland's magical destination situated near Glenbrittle. It is beautiful clear crystal-blue pools of water that lie at the foot of the Black Cuillin hills. From the car park, we got an amazing view of Black Cuillins, the source of the River Brittle. We took a short walk through the gravel path. We found a small green sign confirming the start, labelled ‘Sligaghan’. We reached the first river crossing. There was a large stepping stone to cross. The walk to the pool was trilling and many people accompanied us. The clear water in the pool tempted us to swim. Some falls created a fear. At the second pool, we found a natural underwater arch. We got many stunning photos on the backdrop of waterfalls.
Content: We had dinner from Dulse & Brose. It is a Scottish bistro restaurant within The Bosville Hotel. The Salmon Trio was amazing in taste and presentation. They served the homemade soup with bread crunches. The staff was very polite and friendly. They prepared food with a lot of care so everything is perfectly added.
Day 7 - 15 Sep 2018
Content: After breakfast, we checked out and headed to the last city in our plan, Glasgow. It is the biggest and cultural hub in Scotland. One day is not enough to explore the entire city but we planned for only one day due to lack of time. On the way we took break at Glencoe.
Day 7 - 15 Sep 2018
Content: We stopped at Glencoe to explore the natural beauty of River Coe. We enjoyed the spectacular Highland scenery. The Glencoe village hides a romantic lochan in a beautiful forest. We took a short walk among the trees. We had food from the Glencoe and headed towards Glasgow.
Day 7 - 15 Sep 2018
Content: We reached Glasgow which is the home to some of Scotland's best cultural attractions. It is a best spot for shopping and enjoys nightlife in Scotland. One day is not enough to visit Glasgow so our one day was jam packed. We spend only one day in the Glasgow without missing the glory of the city.
Content: We checked in to the Merchant City Inn, located at the Glasgow. It is one of the oldest buildings situated at the heart of the vibrant Merchant City. It was a perfect stop for first-timers to explore the city. They provided a room that is fully furnished with modern amenities. It was worth for money. We had dinner from a nearby restaurant.
Day 8 - 16 Sep 2018
Content: We had a lavish breakfast and rent a car from the hotel with the help of a staff. They offered juices as well as tea or coffee with breakfast. The egg they served was not cooked properly but they changed that according to our wish. The bread toast and sausage was delicious. After breakfast, we headed to explore the city.
Content: Our first destination was a beautiful botanical garden in Glasgow. The most attractive part was the magnificent glasshouse that dominates the entrance. We saw The Kibble Palace which is fantastic in architecture and equipped with a collection of statues beside the plants. It is a must-visit place for nature lovers especially plants lovers. We walked through the pathway watching beautiful flowers and plants.
Content: Buchanan Street is one of the best shopping spots in Glasgow city. We met many foreigners as well as local people all around the street. It was stretched from Sauchiehall Street down to St Enoch Square. We found many shops and cafes in the street. We saw two major train stations while walking from Buchanan Street to Glasgow. We filled our shopping bag and took a rest at a cafe.
Content: We stopped at Glasgow Necropolis which is a historical place in Glasgow city. It is a Victorian garden cemetery which was the final resting place of fifty thousand Scots. It reminded us about the history of the Victorian era. The place was filled with a calming atmosphere. Once we passed through the gate the headstones and monuments are scattered along the hill. We saw a hillside mausoleums painted in bright colours. We spotted many Celtic Crosses adorning the stones. We learned the history of the place and started our next destination.
Content: After lunch, we reached Glasgow Cathedral that is located at the east end of Glasgow. It looks like a medieval Gothic church. It is also known as "High Kirk of Glasgow" or "St Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral". It was widely recognised as the most important tourist attraction. We enjoyed walking in the building by examining every part. The architecture of the church attracted many tourists especially the beauty of ceilings. It is the cultural symbol of the city.
Content: It is a magical place within Glasgow. The area is filled with a lot of historical buildings. It was extended from Queen Street in the west to High Street in the east. We spend some time examining each and every shop through the pathway. We reached George Square on the other end of the street.
Content: George Square is an iconic place with a lot of statues. It was a very popular place of gathering during Christmas and New Year's Eve. We saw many statues including a statue of Queen Victoria, Robert Burns, etc. We had dinner from a restaurant which is quite good. It was a perfect place for an evening stroll. We headed back to the hotel.
Day 9 - 17 Sep 2018
Content: We took a flight from Glasgow airport. After checking out from the hotel we headed to the airport. It is the second biggest airport in Scotland. We arrived at the airport on time.