Scotland 2-Day Itinerary: How to see the best of Scotland in 2 Days

In Europe, More Travel, Scotland, Travel Itineraries, Travel Tips & Advice by Anya

Scotland is pretty big…but if you would like to see the best of Scotland in just two days, then you’re reading the right post.  However long you are going to stay in Scotland for, you will find something in this post for you.  There are only so many days that one can spend on vacation, so we decided to spend a couple of days in Scotland, and then the rest of our vacation in Germany.  Read my 7-Day Germany Itinerary HERE for more!

If you would like to do and see more in Scotland, then I suggest staying there for 4-5 days.  The things we did and saw in Scotland were all to do with Harry Potter, as you know we are HUGE Harry Potter lovers.  If you would like to follow the trip that we made to Scotland, keep reading!

NOTE:  This post is to help you plan your trip, and different planning suggestions that I have for you.  If you would like to read more on all of the sites to see that I mention in this post, they will be linked below but you can check that post out HERE.

 

Day 1: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is such a fun place to visit for everybody!  Walk down the cobblestone streets and grab a bite to eat in the little shops all around the city.  We spent the entire day in Edinburgh and didn’t get bored once!  To know more of what exactly we did in Edinburgh, check out the post HERE.  That will give you all of the information you need to know of what to do, and the do’s and don’ts.  

Day 2: The Lochs

The Lochs are an absolute must whether you are a Harry Potter lover or not.  They are all so pretty and give you very refreshing thoughts.  Check out the post HERE to find out more!  (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Lochs specifically).

Accomodation Advice

Even though we had an entire day dedicated to Edinburgh, we stayed in Glasgow at a Marriott Hotel for the three nights (Arrival day, Day 1, Day 2).  Edinburgh is about an hour’s drive from Glasgow, if you leave before eleven o’clock.  The reason for this, is because the Lochs and Edinburgh are in the opposite direction from Glasgow.  Simply put, Glasgow is closer to the Lochs than Edinburgh.  The Lochs are around a 6-8 hour round-trip from Glasgow, but from Edinburgh that would give you around a 10-hour driving journey all in one day.  This is something I would highly, highly recommend not doing.  It may not seem like a lot now, but once you are sitting in the car for those many hours you will be thanking me.  

If you have more days that you can spend in Scotland, then there are a few Air BNB’s along the way to the Lochs, around 45 minutes to an hour away.  You could stay in Glasgow or Edinburgh for one night, and then the next day drive over to the Lochs and stay at the Air BNB’s along the way.  Do keep in mind, though, that the airport is in Glasgow or Edinburgh, so you would have to drive back whether you do it on the same day or not.  (flights are sometimes cheaper out of Edinburgh rather than Glasgow…so keep that in mind!)

Vegan Corner

As you know, we are vegans.  A lot of questions that we get are how we travel as vegans.  I plan on doing an entire post on this for other vegans out there who may have some questions on how we do it…but here are 2 vegan restaurants in Glasgow, and 1 in Edinburgh that we ate at and loved!

The 78 (Glasgow):  10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, Glasgow G3 8NU, UK

As you know, we are vegans.  A lot of questions that we get are how we travel as vegans.  I plan on doing an entire post on this for other vegans out there who may have some questions on how we do it…but here are 2 vegan restaurants in Glasgow, and 1 in Edinburgh that we ate at and loved!

The 78 (Glasgow):  10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, Glasgow G3 8NU, UK

vegan burgers are soooo good!

The 78 has really good vegan food…and was very close to where we stayed.  They serve vegan food during the day and then turn into a bar at night usually starting at around 9:00.  So be there before because it gets very loud!

Picnic Cafe (Glasgow):  103 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DX, UK

Picnic Cafe has really good food throughout the entire day…this is THE NUMBER 1 breakfast place you should go to whether you are vegan or not…you will be surprised bu how delicious the food is!

Hendersons (Edinburgh):   25c Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DX, UK

Hendersons is a great place to go to eat lunch at while you are in Edinburgh.  Yes, Spoon and Elephant Cafe are great places to grab some coffee and maybe a slice of cake…but Hendersons is great for eating lunch at!

Practical Tips for Visiting Scotland

What to wear/pack:  (1) No matter the time, walking shoes are a must.  There will be a lot of walking in Edinburgh, and some hiking at the Lochs.  If you want to truly enjoy your time in Scotland, your feet must be satisfied.  Do them a favor and wear close-toed shoes and no heels.  (2) In addition to good footwear, it is always a good idea to pack a raincoat, as the weather in Scotland is just as unpredictable as the weather here in Seattle is.  You’ll be saying thank you when the bright sunny weather suddenly turns to dark clouds. (3) Even though I just said to take a raincoat, you may also be surprised by unusually good weather.  It’s always a good idea to have sunscreen on-hand just in case things get bright.

More:  Want to combine a trip to Scotland and Southern Germany into one?!  (we did this!) Check out my post on Southern Germany 7-Day Itinerary:  Everything you need to know.  It worked perfectly!

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