Today I want to share my 4-day Scotland itinerary with you. This road trip from Edinburgh to the Highlands will take you everywhere from the Scottish capital to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Glen Coe, Oban, and the Isle of Eriska. It’s a great travel itinerary if you want to discover the best of Scotland’s cities, islands, castles, and dramatic mountain scenery in one trip. I’ve included a map, too.

4 Day Scotland Itinerary

4-Day Scotland Itinerary

I’m traveling to Scotland with a friend. We’ve planned our itinerary to cover the highlights of this part of the UK, and we’re excited to see a broad overview of what it has to offer.

We’re traveling independently, but I’ve done similar tours in the past with Rabbie’s Tours. They offer great small-group tours of Scotland that provide transport but still let you explore destinations on your own. You can see their tour offerings here.

Loch Lubnaig, Scotland


We start our 4-day Scotland itinerary by traveling from London to Edinburgh by train. After taking in historic cathedrals, hilltop castles, and stunning coastline on the 4.5-hour journey, we alight at Edinburgh Waverley station in the heart of the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh Royal Mile, Scotland

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

From the station it’s an easy 15-minute walk to our accommodation, Stewart by Heeton Concept. It’s a boutique aparthotel in the New Town conveniently located near Princess Street, the West End, Stockbridge, and Dean Village.

Our apartment features an open-plan living room with a fully-equipped kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. It’s a great place to stay for 1 day in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Hotel Room

Things to Do in Edinburgh

After dropping off our bags, we start the first leg of our 4-day Scotland itinerary by seeing the highlights of the city.

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

We start at Princess Street Gardens, where there are great views of Edinburgh Castle and the Scott Monument, which is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. It’s the second largest monument to a writer in the world.

Scott Monument, Edinburgh

From there we pass the Scottish National Gallery, one of the best museums in Edinburgh, and head up the hill to the Royal Mile. We walk from the castle down to the Palace of Holyrood House, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Along the way we take in everything from St Giles’ Cathedral to Bakehouse Close, a filming location for Outlander. There are pubs, shops, and restaurants galore, and we love peeking out over the narrow stairways leading down the hill.

From the Royal Mile we walk down to The Devil’s Advocate, a bar tucked away in a former Victorian pump house in the Old Town.

We settle in for a tasting of three of their 300+ whiskeys, enjoying one of the most famous Scottish drinks as we soak up the historic atmosphere.

Edinburgh Bar

After the tasting, we walk around New Town, taking in Princes Street, George Street, and Charlotte Square before having a pre-dinner drink at The Oxford Bar.

Conveniently located right next to our accommodation, this hidden spot has connections to Ian Rankin, one of the most famous Scottish fiction writers. The pub has featured in his Inspector Rebus novels as John Rebus’ favorite pub in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Pub

After a drink with the locals, it’s a short walk to dinner at Forage and Chatter in the West End.

This restaurant is known for locally-sourced and foraged produce, and we enjoy a multi-course meal of fresh salads, monkfish, and chocolate mille-feuille. The service is excellent, too.

Monkfish at Forage and Chatter, Edinburgh

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The following morning we’re up early to start the next leg of our 4-day Scotland itinerary. We begin with a quick Persian breakfast of Turkish coffee and yogurt at KONJ Cafe. The food is so good and the owner so friendly we can’t help lingering for a while.

Edinburgh Cafe

Afterwards we pick up our rental car and hit the road. The drive offers great views of The Kelpies sculptures, Stirling Castle, and the Wallace Monument as we make our way to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Once there, we stop for a quick snack in Callander, a town at the gateway to the park, before continuing our drive.

Callander, Scotland

As we make our way deeper into the national park, we stop at places like Loch Lubnaig and the Glen Ogle Viaduct to admire the scenery. It’s beginning to feel a lot like the Highlands.

Glen Ogle Viaduct, Scotland

Just before leaving Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, we stop for lunch at The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum. Heaping plates of fish and chips go down a treat as we sit by the fireplace.

Fish and Chips The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle

After lunch, we continue our 4-day Scotland itinerary by driving west to the coast. But before we get there, we notice a castle on a loch out the window.

We pull over, park in the lot, and walk out to Kilchurn Castle. It’s a 15th-century ruin and former Clan Campbell stronghold with views over Loch Awe. It’s beautiful with the Highland scenery and hairy coos around it.

Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Isle of Eriska

Back in the car, we make our way to the final stop of the day: the Isle of Eriska. This tidal island at the entrance to Loch Creran is home to the Isle of Eriska Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel with a spa and golf course.

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland

We check into the historic property, admiring the sumptuous furnishings in the lobby lounge and bar before heading up to our room. We have a king-size bed, a contemporary bathroom, and views across the lawns outside.

Isle of Eriska Hotel Lobby

Our first stop is at the spa, where we soak in the hot tub above the large swimming pool. Afterwards we relax in the sauna and steam room. It’s the perfect start to our stay.

Leaving the spa, there’s just enough daylight left for an hour’s walk around the island. The coastline is breathtaking, and we love the Inner Hebridean views across Loch Linnhe and the Isle of Lismore from the beach at Otter Point.

Isle of Eriska, Scotland

When darkness falls, we head into the bar at the Isle of Eriska Hotel for pre-dinner cocktails and champagne. It has great ambiance with dark wood paneling and bookshelves.

Isle of Eriska Bar

After drinks we go to the dining room to try the hotel’s renowned cuisine. We enjoy a delicious 3-course meal complete with everything from Scottish langoustines to local produce, then retire to the bar for a wee dram before bed.

Isle of Eriska Restaurant


The next morning our 4-day Scotland itinerary continues with a full Scottish breakfast at the hotel and a 25-minute drive to Oban.

This town on the Firth of Lorn in Argyll and Bute is a popular place for people to catch ferries to the islands in the Inner Hebrides (and it’s where I left on a couple of amazing trips to go sailing in the Hebrides).

Oban Distillery, Scotland

We spend some time shopping and exploring the waterfront, then pop into the Oban distillery, which dates back to 1794. From there it’s a quick drive up to McCaig’s Tower on Battery Hill, where we take in sweeping views of Oban below.

View of Oban, Scotland

Glen Coe

Back in the car, we continue our 4-day Scotland itinerary with a 45-minute drive to Glen Coe. We’ve booked a room at The Isles of Glencoe Hotel in Ballachulish, and we can’t wait to take in the stunning mountain scenery.

Loch Leven, Scotland

We check into our room, which has views across Loch Leven and the mountains around it. There’s a spa and restaurant on the ground floor, and we take a quick look at both before heading out to explore the Highlands.

Glencoe Restaurant

Pap of Glencoe

Given our love of country walks, our first order of business is to hike to the top of the Pap of Glencoe. This cone-shaped mountain in Glen Coe is situated at the western end of the Aonach Eagach ridge above the meeting point of the River Coe and Loch Leven.

Pap of Glencoe, Scotland

It’s a popular place to hike, and we spend the next 5 hours trekking our way to the top and back. We’re rewarded with spectacular views over Glen Coe at the summit and spectacular sunshine on the descent.

Glen Coe, Scotland

Where to Eat in Glen Coe

That evening we reward ourselves for our hiking efforts with a seafood feast at the Fish Restaurant in The Ballachulish Hotel. Its “loch to plate” philosophy focuses on local, sustainable produce, and the result is delicious.

The Hot Shells Platter is a 2-person seafood extravaganza. We tuck into everything from lobster to langoustines, oysters, mussels, scampi, and scallops. It’s the perfect way to end our third day in Scotland.

Seafood Platter in Glencoe, Scotland

Glen Coe and Glen Etive

The next morning our 4-day Scotland itinerary continues with a drive through Glen Coe. We pass the Coe River Waterfall, stop to admire the mountain scenery at the Three Sisters Viewpoint, and drive by The Meeting of Three Waters.

Three Sisters, Glen Coe, Scotland

Soon we turn off on a one-lane road into Glen Etive, where the Highland scenes from the James Bond movie Skyfall were filmed. It’s amazing to see the stunning scenery from the silver screen, and we drive down to Glen Etive Bridge to take it all in.

Glen Etive, Scotland

Glen Coe to Edinburgh

From there we continue our 4-day Scotland itinerary by making our way back to Edinburgh. We drive past the Glencoe Mountain Resort and through beautiful Highland scenery before finding ourselves back in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

We stop for a quick lunch at Fat Jacks Diner in Callander, then continue past Stirling Castle and The Kelpies to Edinburgh.

Callander Church, Scotland


Once in the Scottish capital, we return our car and make use of our last couple hours in town by walking over to colorful Victoria Street and Grassmarket. From there we head up to the Royal Mile and down to Waverley Station to catch our train back to London.

As we journey south, I can’t help being amazed by how much we’ve seen and done in 4 days. It’s been a great trip, and a fun way to see Scotland.

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Scotland Itinerary Map

If you want to follow our route, you can see where we went on the map below.

4-Day Scotland Itinerary

I hope you’ve enjoyed this 4-day Scotland itinerary. If you want more inspiration, take a look at my Scotland road trip itinerary, my blog post about the best islands to visit in Scotland, and my Scottish Highlands tour itinerary. Happy travels!

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