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A tale of two Scottish cities, this week-long 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 and never running out of things to do. Even with extended time in each location, there are more excellent food and drink options than you can possibly get through.

A perfect itinerary for any time of year, both cities have plenty to do inside and out. 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 really 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!

7 Days / 6 Nights

City Break

Winter  Castles  Whisky  Food 

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Day 1 - Arrival in Edinburgh

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  • Overnight in: Edinburgh

You'll arrive in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.

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 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 find that this set-up 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. When we arrange your trip, we'll find out your interests and preferences 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

Day 2 - Edinburgh

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  • Overnight in: Edinburgh

We can guarantee 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 Edinburgh's many sights and activities.

How about:

  • Taking a stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens or 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

Day 3 - Edinburgh

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  • Overnight in: Edinburgh

We are sure you won't regret having another day to make the most of all that this wonderful city has to offer.

Today we recommend:

  • 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

Day 4 - Edinburgh to Glasgow

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  • Overnight in: Glasgow

Today you'll say goodbye to Scotland's capital city and make the easy journey to Glasgow. There are numerous transport options so you can decide how you want to split your day - there's plenty of time to fit in anything you've missed in Edinburgh before you go!

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.

Glasgow offers so many architectural and artistic wonders that you'll be spoilt for choice. Our destination guide to Glasgow will help inspire you, and here are some of our recommendations:

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • A walk in Kelvingrove Park
  • Dinner at Ubiquitous Chip

Day 5 - Glasgow

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  • Overnight in: 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!)
  • Wandering round the architectural delights, including Charles Rennie MackIntosh's Lighthouse
  • Shopping in the 'Style Mile'
  • Craft beer at Drysdale Brewery

Day 6 - Glasgow

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  • Overnight in: Glasgow

Your final day in Glasgow is a chance to think outside the box and perhaps try something a little different. If there's an attraction you were keen to see before you go, now is the time! If you're stuck for ideas on what to do or where to go, remember our destination guide is here to help.

We suggest:

  • Book in to see the weird and wonderful Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
  • Get your nature fix by taking a short trip out to Pollok Country Park
  • Visit House for an Art Lover
  • Treat yourself to a last night dinner at Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery

Day 7 - Departure

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    Today you 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. Even with a full week away, we're absolutely sure you won't have seen everything, so please come back soon!

    Variations

    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.

    People make Glasgow

    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!

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    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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    Things to do in and around Glasgow
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