Check out a route through Scotland passing through Edinburgh and Glasgow, the main cities in the country

The two largest cities in Scotland are relatively close and can be visited on the same trip without wasting too much time on your itinerary. 

The capital Edinburgh and Glasgow, the largest city in the country, are just 1h30 away and are connected by an impeccable train system and several bus companies. Another option that may be more affordable is to rent a car and have more autonomy to make your itinerary.

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See the fascinating architecture of Edinburgh's Old Town and its medieval buildings, combining your trip with lively and fun Glasgow, considered Scotland's great cultural and musical hub.

Best way to get to Scotland 

As it has a wider network of flights, normally most tourists arriving in Scotland decide to use Edinburgh International Airport (EDI). The airport is only 20 minutes away by car and bus from the historic center of the city. 

Upon arrival, travelers will be able to choose between four options to travel to the city center: by Airlink bus, Lothian Buses circular bus, taxi and tram. If your flight arrives in the country at dawn, you can count on the services of the Night Bus. 

The distance from Edinburgh airport to the center is not very long, it is located just 12 km from the central part of the city.

How to get from Edinburgh to Glasgow

You can get to Glasgow in many ways, either by bus, plane or car, but without a doubt the best way to get to the city is by train.

Several companies offer the stretch, being the scotrail the most famous of them. The journey takes only 48 min. In addition to these companies, you can also use the Virgin Trains, cross country, Caledonian Sleeper and the Transpennine Express.

By bus, the options are: National Express and the Scottish City Link

What to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is primarily known for its rich medieval architectural heritage. The capital of Scotland is compact and concentrates most of its tourist attractions in the central region between the Old Town and New Town districts.

The city has great options for accommodation, restaurants and interesting sights that can be visited in 2 or 3 days. In addition, Edinburgh is widely used as a base for those wishing to take a day trip to the famous highlands. This region is surrounded by mountains and castles that show a genuine side to everything you can imagine about Scotland. Another popular attraction is the mystical Ness lake, which according to legend is home to a huge creature that has become part of the country's culture. 

Edinburgh and Glasgow

Photo: Dominik Rešek / Unsplash

Inside the city the main attractions are the edinburgh castle, St Giles Cathedral, Calton Hill and Holyrood Palace. As you walk along the Royal Mile and Princes Street (the city's most famous streets), you'll find other must-see spots such as the Scott Monument and the National Gallery of Edinburgh. If you get the chance, don't miss the famous alleys that connect the streets of the old town. They are known as “closes” and each one has its own charm and impressive view of some area of the city.

what to do in scotland

Itinerary in Edinburgh and Glasgow: Calton Hill. Photo: Peter Cordes / Unsplash

must-see attractions

  • edinburgh castle
  • Calton Hill
  • Holyrood Palace
  • royal mile
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Cathedral of Sant'Egipidio
  • princess street
  • Grassmarket

where to stay

THEwhere to eat

What to do in Glasgow 

Popular with the country's young people, Scotland's largest city is an incredible cultural and musical hub, well known in the UK. The port city also features numerous buildings with Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. In addition, Glasgow is home to great restaurants, ideal for tasting the flavors and aromas of Scottish cuisine.

The center of Glasgow breathes art and culture and has several streets closed to pedestrians only. On a walk you can see several street performers playing bagpipes and dressed in traditional Scottish clothing. Another curiosity is that the city is the second most important commercial center in the United Kingdom, after London.

what to do in scotland

Itinerary in Scotland: Glasgow Center. Photo: Artur Kraft / Flickr

Allow at least 2 days to explore the old town and see some of the most important constructions in the destination. These include Glasgow Cathedral and the buildings that surround George Square. 

If you love to enjoy a museum, there is no shortage of great options. The Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Glasgow Science Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Hunterian Museum are just a few of the options. 

Itinerary in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Itinerary in Edinburgh and Glasgow: Kelvingrove Art Gallery Photo: Wikimedia Commons

must-see attractions

  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Kenvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
  • Glasgow Botanical Garden
  • George Square
  • People's Palace
  • lighthouse
  • Pollok House
  • Gallery of Modern Art

where to stay

Where to eat

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