7 days in Edinburgh & Elgin Itinerary

7 days in Edinburgh & Elgin Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Edinburgh
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Elgin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: Edinburgh

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Georgian House. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, get great views at Calton Hill, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Elgin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

4
nights
Elgin

Elgin ©
Elgin is a former cathedral city and Royal Burgh in Moray, Scotland. Popular historic sites such as Culloden Battlefield and Ballindalloch Castle are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Fyvie Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Elgin side-trips: Urquhart Castle (in Drumnadrochit), Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch) and Fort George (in Inverness). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cullen Beach and steep yourself in history at Duff House.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Elgin day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Elgin in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Elgin can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Elgin

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Duff House, Ballindalloch Castle, Urquhart Castle, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Fort George
Fort George