Do you really want to discover the real Scotland? Coastlines and castles, beaches and breweries, cathedrals and cashmere, whisky and hiking; this is what awaits you (and much more) during your seven-day stay exploring the east.
With cities like Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee, Aberdeen, Cumnock and Pitlochry, you’ll also explore miles of countryside, zigzag between rural communities and even pass through a national park! Are you ready to visit Eastern Scotland?
ADMIRE THE BEST OF THE SCOTTISH CAPITAL
Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland, is bound to have an effect on you. You could easily spend days and days discovering its many fantastic attractions, hidden treasures and lively cultural scene. Today’s stopover will give you a real idea of the unique character, fascinating past and endless charm of this magnificent city.
Overlooking the city, you can’t miss Edinburgh Castle. It’s advisable to be there for the opening. As well as offering spectacular views of the city’s rooftops, it is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, the stone used in the coronation of a British sovereign. During your visit, learn about Scotland’s military history at the National War Museum and admire the troubling Scottish National War Memorial. Once you’ve visited the castle, take a stroll down the Royal Mile to discover this famous main street lined with an eclectic array of shops, pubs, restaurants and historic culs-de-sac. You will also find St. Gilles Cathedral and Holyrood House Palace in the middle and down the street respectively.
EXPLORE FIFE AND ST ANDREWS
Leave Edinburgh and venture into the Kingdom of Fife on the Forth Road Bridge (see the incredible structure of the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge and the newly built Forth Bridge). Follow the brown signs on the Fife Coastal Drive to see the sparkling coastline and picturesque villages of East Neuk.
MAKE DISCOVERIES IN DUNDEE
On the third day of your trip, it’s time to discover what Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city, has in store for you. A UNESCO City of Design, Dundee is a thriving, densely populated city brimming with exciting projects and a vibrant cultural scene. Not to mention its fascinating and varied history which includes fabric making, polar exploration, journalism and marmalade!
GO NORTH TO ABERDEEN
Follow the brown tourist signs for the Angus Coastal Route and spend part of the day admiring the changing coastline of eastern Scotland, with its cliffs, sheltered bays and fishing villages. On the way to Aberdeen, make two stops to discover some of Scotland’s most spectacular historical attractions: Arbroath Abbey and Dunnottar Castle.
A 30 minute drive from Dundee is the historic town of Arbroath, home to Arbroath Abbey. Founded in the 12th century, the abbey entered the history books as the site of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which affirmed that Scotland was an independent nation. Explore the ruins of the church, the gatehouse and the abbot’s house. Then walk to the old harbour and buy an Arbroath Smokie in the city centre, a famous local dish of traditionally smoked haddock.
WOULD YOU VENTURE FROM ABERDEEN TO ELGIN
Today, you can spend the morning in Aberdeen enjoying some cultural activities before travelling through the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to see one of the many castles in the region, and finally reaching the market town of Elgin in the Moray Highlands.
THE MARITIME MUSEUM IN ABERDEEN
Looking at the port of Aberdeen, it is not surprising to learn that Aberdeen is one of the most important ports in Scotland. The best place to find out more about the industry and the city’s long relationship with the North Sea is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Through artifacts, paintings, exhibitions and interactive displays, you can learn about boat building and fishing in Aberdeen, among other things, and discover the exciting history of the North Sea oil industry.