A tale of two Scottish cities, this short itinerary helps you make the most of the cultural and architectural delights of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Those travelling through either city as part of a broader itinerary often wish they had spent longer, and we love seeing people come back year after year, never running out of things to do.
This is the perfect itinerary for any time of year, since both cities have plenty to do indoors and outside. You'll always find a warm and friendly welcome and a hot drink at a moment's notice, and you will never run out of options for things to keep you busy. With numerous bullet-proof transport options between the two locations, with this dual city break, you can cross the Scottish weather off your list of worries.
We'll let you into a little secret: Visiting outside the peak summer months can make for a much more rewarding Scottish city break as you won't have to beat the crowds. So kick back, relax and enjoy Scotland's wonderful cities at your own pace!
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Day 1 - Arrival in Edinburgh
- Overnight in: Edinburgh
You'll arrive in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.
After being met directly from your flight (or other form of transport), you'll be transferred to your hotel to check-in and freshen up, before starting your adventure exploring Edinburgh. Our accommodation partner offers beautifully-appointed and extremely conveniently-located serviced apartments, giving you maximum flexibility to eat and drink wherever in the city you want. With so many options in Edinburgh for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, we think this type of accommodation works really well for those exploring the city on a multi-day break. We hope you'll agree!
Edinburgh is Scotland's largest and most populous city, with almost half a million people calling it home. There are a wealth of activities, sights and cultural experiences, and many excellent places to eat and drink that we barely know where to start. We'll always take the time to find find out your interests and preferences before we start, so we can help you plan an itinerary that suits you.
To whet your appetite, here's our destination guide to Edinburgh.
A few unmissable things we recommend:
- Pay a visit to Edinburgh Castle
- Explore the treasures of the National Museum of Scotland or the Scottish National Gallery
- Grab a cake from Lovecrumbs
- Enjoy a cocktail at Bramble
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Day 2 - Edinburgh
We can guarantee that you won't even have come close to exhausting all your options on day one, so day two gives you plenty of time to discover more of Edinburgh's many sights and activities.
- Taking a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens
- Walking up Calton Hill for the views
- Visiting St Giles' Cathedral
- Stepping back in time at Real Mary King's Close
- Having dinner at the Witchery or Number One at Balmoral
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Day 3 - Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Overnight in: Edinburgh
- Taking a walk up to Arthur's Seat to admire the views of the city
- Shopping in Grassmarket, Prince's Street or the Royal Mile
- Nipping into one of Edinburgh's many excellent independent bookshops
- Letting out your inner child at the Museum of Childhood
- Treating yourself to a cheese platter at Pickles
This morning, you'll say goodbye to Scotland's capital city and make the easy journey to Glasgow. There's no need to depart early - it really is a short hop - so you should still have plenty of time to say goodbye to Edinburgh. Why not nip into one of the city's many excellent independent bookshops, or let out your inner child at the Museum of Childhood.
Scotrail trains connect Edinburgh and Glasgow frequently, so this is a great option. There are also a number of bus services to choose from. If you prefer the privacy and certainty of a transfer by road, we can arrange this for you. Whatever method you choose, your journey should take 90 minutes or less, which gives you plenty of time in both locations.
Once you arrive in Glasgow, you can check-in or leave your luggage at your hotel. Located right in the heart of the action, our accommodation partner will look after you beautifully throughout your stay.
You'll then have time to explore in Glasgow - why not try...
- Wandering around the architectural delights, including Charles Rennie MackIntosh's Lighthouse
- Shopping in the 'Style Mile'
- Dinner at Ubiquitous Chip, or treat yourself at Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery
- Booking in to see the weird and wonderful Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
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Day 4 - Edinburgh to Glasgow
Today you'll have plenty of time to explore all that Glasgow has to offer. Our destination guide to Glasgow will help you with some ideas. We think you'll love:
- Visiting Glasgow Science Centre (and climbing the tower for amazing views!)
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- A walk in Kelvingrove Park
- Craft beer at Drysdale Brewery
This evening you'll wave goodbye to Scotland's second city and begin your journey home. Grab some last-minute bargains in Buchanan Street before getting your train, bus or road transfer out of the city.
Four days isn't close to enough time to see everything that these two great cities have to offer, so please come back soon!
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All of our tours are bespoke and tailored to exactly what you want to do. This itinerary is just an example - get in touch and let us customise it for your perfect holiday.
Start in Glasgow
With numerous transport options available between Edinburgh and Glasgow, you can easily begin this itinerary in Glasgow and head to Edinburgh second. Just let us know what works best for you when you enquire!
Mix it up a bit with another city
The cities of Aberdeen and Dundee also have plenty to offer - why not extend your trip, add a third city into the mix and move on to one (or even both) of these places once your stay in Glasgow is over.
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