The below list is only feasible if you are driving. Since we wanted to visit both Edinburgh and Glasgow, the list is a pick between the two cities.
1. Edinburgh city and castle
It is one of the great castles I have visited and you get amazing view of Edinburgh from here. One suggestion, book your tickets in advance to avoid any further delay by being in the long queue. Don’t forget that you have to climb up the steep cobbled street to get to the castle. To see the castle properly (old prison, Crown Jewels, great hall, cannons, war memorial) and understand its history you need to have atleast 3-4hours.
Address: The Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
2. Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh
Free entry to visit this beautiful garden except the green houses which comes with a small fee. It is absolutely worth it especially if you are visiting in summer when everything is blooming. It is very close to the city yet very peaceful. The gardens are well maintained and everything here is labelled hence it is very educational for children and adults alike. (Sorry not many photos)
Address:Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
3. Loch Lomond
Spend an afternoon at one of the famous Scottish lochs!AND watch the sunset! There are endless activities to do around this beautiful loch which is part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. You could carry a lantern and enjoy camping right after the sunset, go walking, cycling, climbing, water activities, cruising, waterbus/ loch cruising and the list goes on. But we only had an afternoon to spend and we didn’t want to tire ourselves out so we took a long drive through the scenic routes and had a little picnic near the water admiring the serenity of this place.
Address: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Stirling FK8 3TX
4. The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel
This museum covers almost anything related to transport (classic cars, motorcycles, trains, boats, trams and a huge ship) and it is presented in a very interesting way. Great way to engage and educate children. Great place to visit as family (free entry at the time of visit).There is so much to see and learn here so plan few hours for your visit.
Address: 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS
5. Glenkinchie whiskey distillery
There were few whiskey lovers among the pack, so this was a must! It was a great tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed the visit. This is a single malt distillery, every step of the process of making the scotch was explained by a knowledgeable guide and you will get to taste some whiskey in the end :). Also, don’t forget to get a ‘Whiskey Passport’ which entitles you to free tours and tastings next time you visit at any of the 12 distilleries owned by the same company Diageo.
Address: Pencaitland, Tranent EH34 5ET (30min drive from Edinburgh)