Every successful trip starts with a plan. This doesn’t have to take you very long, but should at least cover the basics such as time of year and the length of trip, the primary purpose of your journey, main interests, and whether you will be travelling with children.
Time of Year and Duration of Trip
When you go to Scotland will have an impact on what you can see and do. For instance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo will be on during August 2021, which means that August is the busiest time to visit Edinburgh, but it is the only time you’ll be able to see these events. The number of days you have available will affect how much you can pack into your trip - the longer you have, the more you can do.
Purpose of Your Trip
- Do you have a couple of days free on what is mainly a business trip? If so, it may be worth booking one of the many guided tours available to make the most of your time.
- For a family holiday, you will likely want to look out for the many child-friendly tours and activities like a ride on the Hogwarts Express or a visit to a haunted castle.
- Do you wish to see as much as possible in the time available, or do you have something specific you want to see or do, like the Fringe or Tattoo?
It’s worth gaining some consensus among your travelling companions upfront to avoid discord later. You could also easily spend all your time in Edinburgh to regret later that you didn’t get out and about more. Some categories of interests you might consider are:
- Art: there are five galleries for you to visit in Edinburgh alone
- Culture: bagpipes, Robert Burns, haggis, and whisky come to mind, but you can find much more.
- History: Castles, battlegrounds, and more
- Nature and Scenery: A drive through the highlands is awe-inspiring. You could also stop off and try and spot Nessie.
Your plan should also include time for relaxation, or you’ll all be exhausted at the end of your trip. You may want to use this time to look for online casinos.
Now that you have a plan, enjoy your trip and don’t forget your piece of heather to take home.