I have some doubts about my trip, at the moment particularly about Scotland.

We arrive on thursday morning (10 am) to Glasgow and we part on saturday evening (19:00), we already have accomodation in Glasgow for the complete stay. Our plan up until know is:

  1. Rent a car and drive to Edinburgh on thursday and return on the evening to Glasgow
  2. Drive to Inverness on Friday and return that same evening to Glasgow
  3. Tour around Glasgow Saturday morning.

Is the scheduled too rushed? Should we drop a destination from the list? We want to admire the natural landscapes of Scotland and visit some castles.

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    Is it rushed? Who can say. Some of us do like to run around like this, but I expect the majority of comments would say that these are fine cities requiring more than a day each. Others might suggest if this is the only time in your life you will visit Scotland, why not try all three. Unfortunately your question is primarily opinion based. – Calchas May 21 '17 at 22:18
  • The A9 is a single carriageway and could take a lot longer to Inverness. I would swap out Inverness and go to Ft William/Ben Nevis instead and make Edinburgh a separate trip altogether, but it's all opinion. Nobody can give the 'right' answer here. Close voting as 'opinion-based'. – Gayot Fow May 21 '17 at 23:19
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    Have you considered using trains rather than car? – Patricia Shanahan May 21 '17 at 23:27

I'd say this is too rushed - but then this is very much opinion based (and I suspect this question will soon be closed as such).

As an example, Glasgow to Inverness is about 3.5-4 hour drive - I've done this a coupe of times. The road is not always the best. The travel back is another 3.5-4 hours. You are planning this as a day trip, of which you'll spend 7 to 8 hours just driving there and back. If you leave around 7 am from Glasgow, you'll arrive to Inverness around 11 am. You can spend half a day in Inverness - and will come back to Glasgow close to midnight. Inverness is a beautiful (if not very large) city and in my opinion deserves more than half a day after several hours in a car.

To appreciate Edinburgh, I wouldn't recommend any less than 3-4 days on its own. Again, in my opinion, it's not worth it. While the distance is much less than to Inverness (only just over an hour drive), you'll likely feel disappointed as you wouldn't have enough time to see everything there's to see.

Glasgow itself deserves more than a morning. There are plenty of things to see and you wouldn't want to feel pressured to quickly move from one place to another.

On the whole, as a matter of my personal opinion, I would recommend that you skip Edinburgh and Inverness on this trip. Use one day to do a road trip into the lower highlands, toward Ford William - it's a beautiful drive through the National Parks, past the lochs, with great nature viewing spots (of course, if you're into this sort of things). Then use the remaining one and a half day to see Glasgow.

In your case, I would probably stay in Glasgow on Thursday, drive up north on Friday, then Glasgow again on Saturday.

Again, this all is just my personal opinion, having visited all the places you've listed and having driven the routes you mentioned.

  • Thanks for the reply, I also think is rushed so I'll follow your advice and enjoy Glasgow and the trip to Fort William. With this change I'll just rent the car for a day. About the view points you mentioned, do i have to take a detour or are they part of route to Fort William going on the A82? – NewGM May 22 '17 at 3:29

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