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A breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh






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  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 4 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

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So, you’ve got 7 days in Scotland? Stay at The Dunstane Houses as your home for the duration to see the best of both City and Country; daily drives to other parts of Scotland, you lucky thing – it’s time to embrace Scotland’s capital!

When in Edinburgh – explore brilliant museums, fascinating historical attractions and stunning architecture with our Edinburgh travel itinerary. Much of Edinburgh city centre is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you might just sense the distinct air of mystery and intrigue. It really is one of the best cities on the planet and we know you are going to love it!

Coupled with daily drives to the countryside and surrounding towns to experience the best of Scotland. Why not choose to take along a Dunstane picnic?

Here is our ultimate 7-Day Scottish road trip itinerary when basing yourself in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle at night

Day 1

Edinburgh Castle

Get ahead of the crowds and start your day at Edinburgh Castle when it opens at 9.30am to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. It’s also home to the National War Museum and the beautiful National War Memorial.

Camera Obscura

Stroll up the Royal Mile and pay a visit to the fascinating Camera Obscura and World of Illusions which has captivated visitors with its amazing optical illusions and panoramic views of Edinburgh for over 150 years.

Arthur’s Seat & Holyrood Park

Perhaps one of the most iconic places to go in Edinburgh is Arthur’s Seat, located within Holyrood Park. This ancient volcano sits 251m above sea level and offers 360-degree views of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The National Museum of Scotland

Day 2

The Royal Yacht Britannia

From Princes Street in the city centre, it’s a short number 22 Lothian Bus ride to The Royal Yacht Britannia, which TripAdvisor named as one of the UK’s best attractions. Alternatively, you could take the Majestic open top bus tour as it also stops at the Royal Botanic Garden, a place you might want to visit later. Step on board HM The Queen’s former floating Royal residence, where you’ll see the engine room, a Rolls Royce and state apartments across five decks.

The National Museum of Scotland

Visit the National Museum of Scotland, one of the best indoor attractions in Edinburgh. And, best of all, entry is free.

West Sands Beach in St Andrews

Day 3

Edinburgh to St. Andrews: The Ultimate One-Day Roadtrip

A one-day road trip from Edinburgh to St. Andrews is the epitome of spending a day in Scotland. It has it all! Castle ruins, stunning (sunset) views, and there’s even golf for those interested! Driving to St. Andrews and back in a day from Edinburgh isn’t as crazy as you might think (it’s actually one of the easier day trips from Edinburgh). If you drive straight there, it’s only an hour and 15 minutes away.

The Wallace Monument, Stirling

Day 4

Road Trip From Edinburgh To Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument

Drive to Stirling, you typically combine a visit to Stirling Castle with the National Wallace Monument, and—the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Day 5

A Spectacular Day In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water in Britain, and certainly one of the most beautiful lochs in the country. The word, “Trossachs”, refers to this area that’s thought to be the Scottish Highlands in miniature form. It’s all of the sleepy villages, enchanting forests, and twinkling lochs west of Stirling and east of Loch Lomond.

Day 6

Drive Through The Scottish Borders

Driving through the Scottish Borders probably isn’t on the top of your list of things to do in Scotland, but it should be. They’re as impressive (if not more so) as the Highlands, and you can easily visit them in only a day from Edinburgh. The Scottish Borders is in southern Scotland bordering England. During the day you’ll visit small towns, abbeys, and historical landmarks. And this is Scotland after all, so you’re met with gorgeous landscapes along the drive!

Dean Village

Day 7

Explore The Water of Leith & Dean Village

This is a most enjoyable walk bordering the Water of Leith and the fact that it is through Edinburgh makes it a great place to walk. There are so many places to start or finish the walk and I have still some areas to walk. My favourite area is near Dean Village and the scenery is spectacular. One of the entrances to this path was right next to The Dunstane Houses.

Looking to book your very own Scottish road trip adventure? Why not stay at The Dunstane Houses for the week and we will give you two nights absolutely free of charge. That’s right… Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5. What are you waiting for? Start your engines and head north.