Cheap 12-Day Scotland Road Trip from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, Oban, Glasgow, and Inverness

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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11 nights included
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Get ready for an exciting vacation without hitting your budget hard with this 12-day cheap road trip in Scotland. Venture into the heart of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Oban, Inveraray, Luss, Motherwell, Glasgow, Larbert, Skinflats, Cambuskenneth, Stirling, Doune, Inverness, Spean Bridge, Glenfinnan, Stonehaven, and Balmedie, where every mile is packed with value and excitement. Embrace the freedom of the open road and make memories that last a lifetime, all within your budget.

Explore Scotland for less and on your own terms. This customizable and cheap Scotland travel package promises an exhilarating 12-day adventure. We'll introduce you to many famous and affordable vacation spots in the country.

Stay comfortably at a top-rated budget hotel for 2 nights in Aberdeen, 3 nights in Edinburgh, 1 night in Oban, 3 nights in Glasgow, and 2 nights in Inverness. Dine with locals at popular restaurants and bars across Scotland and get a taste of the people’s hospitality and authentic food. We'll help you have an unforgettable road trip experience in Scotland at the lowest price!

On arrival in Aberdeen, you'll pick up your rental vehicle. From there, you'll begin your journey to the best and cheapest places to travel to in Scotland. Scotland offers a wealth of world-class natural and scenic beauty you wouldn't want to miss!

During your cheap holiday in Scotland, the choice of accommodation is entirely yours. Enjoy the freedom to select the ideal budget-friendly stay that perfectly matches your needs. Rest assured, your affordable accommodation will provide a welcoming retreat after a day of exploration and discovery.

Throughout your road trip in Scotland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Scotland.

This affordable holiday package includes everything you need for a fantastic 12-day vacation in Scotland. We'll offer you cheap flights and arrange your hotel reservations for 11 nights. We'll also provide you with the best budget rental car in Scotland with CDW insurance.

You can customize your Scotland travel plan for a more personalized holiday experience. Choose from popular and competitively-priced tours and tickets in Scotland and add your picks to your itinerary. For example, get cheap tour tickets to uncover the stories behind Scotland's famous sights. Or, try out some of the most fantastic excursions. There's no better way to add more culture and inspiration to your trip!

Booking this cheap holiday package in Scotland offers you many perks. You'll get 24/7 travel support. In addition, you'll have access to a step-by-step guide in our mobile app. Here, you'll find all your travel documents organized in one place.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a hassle-free vacation in Scotland with this cheap holiday deal! The best and most affordable tours in Scotland fill up fast, so book your adventure today!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Cambuskenneth
Skinflats
Photo of aerial view of Aberdeen as River Dee flows in a curve to the North Sea showing Duthie Park with bridge and traffic from south.Aberdeen / 2 nights
Inveraray
Photo of the harbor front of the city of Oban on the westcoast of Scotland.Oban / 1 night
Highland - region in United KingdomHighland / 2 nights
Stonehaven
Glenfinnan
Doune
Stirling - region in United KingdomStirling
Photo of aerial view of Glasgow in Scotland, United Kingdom.Glasgow / 3 nights
Motherwell
Larbert
Photo of beautiful view of the old town city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, United Kingdom.Edinburgh / 3 nights
Luss
Balmedie
Spean Bridge

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Scenic view of Edinburgh Castle and Ross Fountain, Scotland travel photo. Edinburgh Castle is historic center of the city and most popular tourist attraction.Edinburgh Castle
 City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus in front of National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh city.National Museum of Scotland
Scotland kelpies on a sunny dayThe Kelpies
Aerial View of Stirling castle.Stirling Castle
Urquhart Castle with Dark Cloud SkyUrquhart Castle
Glasshouse at the Royal Botanical Gardens in public park Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Landmark of Edinburgh - Holyrood Palace,Scotland,UK, EuropeHolyrood Palace
Rainbow over Glasgow City Chambers and George Square, Scotland - UK.George Square
Riverside Museum
The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Scotland, United Kingdom.The Falkirk Wheel
The Royal Mile, Old Town, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United KingdomThe Royal Mile
View of Kelvingrove Park full of people enjoying the Scottish summer with the main building of Glasgow University on the top of the hill.Kelvingrove Park
"Camera Obscura" sign at the Royal Mile / Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
The scenic Dean Village in a sunny afternoon, in Edinburgh, Scotland.Dean Village
The People's Palace & Winter Garden in Glasgow, Scotland.Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Holyrood Park and Holyrood Palace aerial view from Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Old town Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.Holyrood Park
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern One, Edinburgh.National Galleries of Scotland: National
National Wallace Monument on top of the hill Abbey Craig in Stirling, Scotland.Wallace Monument
Medieval fortress Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval Aberdeenshire, Stonehaven on the Northeast of Scotland, UKDunnottar Castle
Path leading to Nelson's Monument in Glasgow Green, Scotland.Glasgow Green
The Real Mary King's Close, Old Town, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United KingdomThe Real Mary King's Close
St. Giles' Cathedral aka High Kirk Church and Walter Scott Statue on High Street on Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Old town Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.St Giles' Cathedral
Royal yacht Britannia, top tourist attraction in Edinburgh, port of Leith. Edinburgh Scotland, UK.HMY Britannia
Scotch Whisky Experience at 354 Castlehill on Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Old town Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Strathclyde Country Park
Low level aerial image over Blair Drummond Safari Park.Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
Photo of Detail of steam train on famous Glenfinnan viaduct, Scotland, United Kingdom .Glenfinnan Viaduct
Photo of Glasgow cathedral aka High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern or St Mungo.Glasgow Cathedral
Photo of Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, Highlands, Scotland .Commando Memorial
Photo of The Science Centre, an educational exhibition centre, in Govan, Glasgow.Glasgow Science Centre
Photo of Historic 14th century medieval Doune Castle, with a dark, moody, dramatic sky in Perthshire, Scotland.Doune Castle
Photo of Inveraray castle and garden with blue sky, Inveraray,Scotland .Inveraray Castle
McCaig's Tower & Battery Hill
Photo of View of the castle from Calton Hill at sunset,Scotland.Calton Hill
Glenfinnan Viewpoint
Photo of Scott Monument that commemorate to Walter Scott.Scott Monument
Photo of The Duthie park, Aberdeen, Scotland, with reflections in the early morning light.Duthie Park
Clava CairnsClava cairns
Glenfinnan Monument - National Trust for Scotland
Loch Lomond, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United KingdomLoch Lomond
Queens Links Leisure Park
Photo of Aerial view of harbour at Stonehaven bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK .Stonehaven Harbour
Photo of Large children playground area with slides, bars, swings and other equipment in Hazlehead park, Aberdeen, Scotland .Hazlehead Park
Photo of Aberdeen Maritime Museum,Scotland.Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Photo of Large children playground in Seaton Park, Aberdeen city, Scotland .Seaton Park
Photo of A small water stream coming under a scenic stone bridge in Westburn park, Aberdeen, Scotland .Westburn Park
Stirling Old Town Jail, Stirling, Scotland, United KingdomStirling Old Town Jail
Photo of Tulip Farm in Johnston, Rhode Island. Shallow depth of field with focus on flowers in foreground ,Scotland .Johnston Gardens
Balmedie Country Park, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United KingdomBalmedie Country Park
Stonehaven War Memorial
Duchess of Hamilton Park

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Day 1

Day 1 – Aberdeen - arrival day

  • Aberdeen - Arrival day
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  • Queens Links Leisure Park
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Your exciting road trip through Scotland starts when you reach the incredible city of Aberdeen, where you'll stay for 1 night. You'll pick up your rental car in Aberdeen and begin your adventure in Scotland.

Aberdeen is a popular cheap holiday destination in Scotland with something to offer every traveler. More than a city in Scotland, Aberdeen is also a great place to find top-rated budget accommodations. You'll find many of these accommodations close to bustling markets and cultural attractions.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Queens Links Leisure Park. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 2,883 reviews.

Savor the mouthwatering delights of Aberdeen, where top-quality dining experiences blend seamlessly with budget-friendly options. Check out the city's best restaurant and bar options, offering a tantalizing array of flavors to satisfy every palate. Whether you're in the mood for a casual bite or a refreshing cocktail, these spots have something for everyone.

After a day of fun adventures, treat yourself to the best dining experience at Fierce Bar Aberdeen, where affordable mouthwatering dishes await. Another gem to discover during your memorable getaway is Mi Amore, highly regarded as one of the area's top dining spots. If you're eager to dine at a local-favorite spot, don't miss Foodstory, an excellent choice to fulfill your cravings for delicious food and great service.

Northern Bar offers many snacks and liquors at different price points. But if you’d like to interact with locals and fellow travelers in Aberdeen, check out The Grill. You can also ensure a good time in this cheap holiday destination at Old Blackfriars.

Enjoy toasting the start of a terrific road trip vacation and a cheap holiday experience in Scotland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Aberdeen, and Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen
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Drive 217 km, 3 hours 8 min

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  • Westburn Park
  • Hazlehead Park
  • Johnston Gardens
  • Duthie Park
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On day 2 of your road trip through popular and cheap vacation spots across Scotland, you’ll experience 1 charming destinations — Aberdeen. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you. You’ll end your day in the city of Edinburgh, where you'll stay for 3 nights.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Previous visitors have rated this maritime museum an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,270 reviews.

Westburn Park is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This urban park is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,016 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Hazlehead Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,456 reviews.

Johnston Gardens is another outstanding experience in Aberdeen. Around 847 travelers have rated this public garden an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

If you long for more, Duthie Park is not far away. This park is a lovely addition to your itinerary. Previous visitors have rated it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 3,959 reviews.

Edinburgh offers many top-rated accommodations suitable for travelers on a budget vacation in Scotland. Whether you're in need of a quick break from your activities or seeking a comfortable place to rest, rest assured you'll find a welcoming and affordable option in the city.

Indulge in the culinary wonders of Edinburgh, where exceptional dining and drinking experiences await at unbeatable prices. Explore the city's diverse venues, ensuring a memorable culinary journey for every visitor.

After a day of fun adventures, treat yourself to the best dining experience at The Ivy On The Square Edinburgh, where affordable mouthwatering dishes await. Another gem to discover during your memorable getaway is Chaophraya Thai Restaurant, highly regarded as one of the area's top dining spots. If you're eager to dine at a local-favorite spot, don't miss The Newsroom Bar & Eatery, an excellent choice to fulfill your cravings for delicious food and great service.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Panda & Sons, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Cafe Royal, a bar catering to every mood and preference. The Ensign Ewart likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Cherish every minute of your road trip vacation across Scotland. Celebrate this opportunity to enjoy a cheap holiday in Scotland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
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Drive 2 km, 35 min

  • Scott Monument
  • National Galleries of Scotland: National
  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle
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Day 3’s road trip itinerary introduces you to many popular attractions and activities in Edinburgh, proving that cheap holidays in Scotland can be extraordinary. You have ample time, or 2 nights, to stay in Edinburgh. So make the most of today by going to the best places to visit, eat, and drink in the city.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Scott Monument. This monument is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,370 visitors.

Scottish National Gallery is another popular attraction you could visit today. This art museum has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,079 visitors. Scottish National Gallery attracts up to 660,741 visitors every year.

Camera Obscura is also highly recommended by travelers. This visitor centre has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,536 visitors.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre is an attraction you won’t want to miss. Around 238,542 people visit this place every year. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 8,926 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Edinburgh Castle. This castle has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 90,949 travelers.

Beyond the above-mentioned locations, today is the perfect opportunity to join a popular activity in Edinburgh. Plenty of budget-friendly tours in Edinburgh offer enriching experiences that will make your cheap holiday in Scotland worth remembering for a lifetime.

Make the most of your budget vacation in Scotland by treating yourself to a hearty meal and a refreshing drink. You’ll find many great restaurants and bars in Edinburgh that offer delicious foods and drinks to help keep you going.

Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Miller & Carter Edinburgh City Centre, where every bite is a flavor-packed adventure! With an enticing menu of affordable delights, this spot is a must-visit for foodies on a budget. Another hotspot worth exploring during your cheap getaway is Cafe Andaluz - a local favorite and a top pick for mouthwatering delights. If you're eager to dine where the locals love, don't miss out on Arcade Bar Haggis & Whisky House, where fantastic food and friendly service await!

After your evening meal, enjoy a drink or two at Hoot The Redeemer, a must-visit destination for a great night out. Locals also enjoy the cocktails at Albanach, where you can relax and have some fun in a welcoming environment. Another fantastic option is The Bow Bar, known for offering a variety of snacks and drinks at affordable prices.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Scotland!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
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Drive 10 km, 52 min

  • HMY Britannia
  • The Royal Mile
  • The Real Mary King's Close
  • St Giles' Cathedral
  • National Museum of Scotland
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On day 4 of your budget-friendly road trip adventure in Scotland, you’ll go deep into Edinburgh and see some of the destination’s most unforgettable attractions. Enjoy a feast at the end of the day, making the most of the time you have in the city of Edinburgh — 1 night.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to HMY Britannia. This royal yacht is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,023 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Royal Mile. This sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 14,405 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to The Real Mary King's Close. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10,638 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit St Giles' Cathedral. This cathedral is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 9,293 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to National Museum of Scotland. This national museum is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 45,476 visitors.

Visiting the most popular travel destinations in Scotland sometimes leaves you longing for more. Fortunately, there are plenty of unique and cheap tours to try out in Scotland. Scotland has something for everyone, and you can easily pick an activity you can add to your affordable vacation package. Check out all of the budget-friendly tours in Scotland that will fill you with new inspiration.

Discovering the culinary wonders of Edinburgh is a must-do on your budget-friendly vacation! When hunger strikes, make your way to one of the city's top dining spots.

Start your foodie adventure at The Kitchin, where you'll find affordable mouthwatering meals and desserts. If you’re craving a taste of local favorites, head over to The Witchery by the Castle, a go-to spot for both budget-savvy travelers and locals alike. For an unforgettable dining experience, don't miss Whiski Bar & Restaurant, where exquisite dishes and cozy ambiance await to make your culinary adventure truly memorable!

A road trip vacation in Edinburgh can’t get any better than this! Toast to another amazing day in this cheap holiday destination in Scotland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Edinburgh, and Oban

  • Oban
  • Edinburgh
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Drive 207 km, 4 hours 8 min

  • Calton Hill
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Holyrood Park
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Dean Village
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Day 5 of your road trip across Scotland offers you the chance to visit 1 popular cheap holiday destinations in the country, including Edinburgh. You'll conclude your sightseeing and exploration in Oban, where you'll stay for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned Calton Hill. This popular mountain has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 4,517 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Holyrood Palace. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 17,746 visitors, this official residence deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Holyrood Park. This archaeological site has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 12,119 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This botanical garden and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 20,765 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Dean Village. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,727 travelers, this village is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Edinburgh.

You’ll also have your choice of the best budget-friendly accommodations in the town of Oban. So when it's time for a break from your adventures in Oban, relax and restore your energy at any of the following affordable places to stay.

Discovering the culinary wonders of Oban is a must-do on your budget-friendly vacation! When hunger strikes, make your way to one of the city's top dining spots.

After a day of exploring, unwind at the popular Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, serving up a tempting array of dishes that are well-loved by budget-savvy travelers.

Celebrate another day of your adventure-filled road trip through Scotland with a toast. Cheers to a memorable cheap vacation experience in Scotland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Oban, Inveraray, Luss, Motherwell, and Glasgow

  • Glasgow
  • Oban
  • Inveraray
  • Luss
  • Motherwell
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Drive 210 km, 3 hours 24 min

  • McCaig's Tower & Battery Hill
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Loch Lomond
  • Strathclyde Country Park
  • Duchess of Hamilton Park
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Day 6 of your road trip across Scotland is another proof that cheap holidays in Scotland can indeed provide you an extraordinary travel experience. Today's agenda includes touring 4 wonderful destinations — Oban, Inveraray, Luss, and Motherwell. You’ll explore along your route leading to the city of Glasgow, where you'll be spending 3 nights.

Take the opportunity to see McCaig's Tower & Battery Hill. This attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,619 visitors.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Inveraray Castle. This country house is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,604 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Luss.

When you're ready to see some sights, Loch Lomond is a great place to start. This natural feature is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,731 visitors.

While exploring Scotland is a refreshing experience, don’t forget to rest to regain your energy. Glasgow has plenty of top-rated accommodation options in all price ranges. Travelers visiting Glasgow on an affordable vacation can easily find a comfortable place to stay in the city.

Going on cheap, budget vacations in Scotland shouldn’t stop anyone from dining at top-rated restaurants and bars. More than just an affordable travel destination, Glasgow is also home to a variety of excellent dining and drinking spots. When it’s time for a meal, we recommend you try some of the city's best places to eat and enjoy refreshing drinks.

Recharge and refresh your energy with a visit to The Piper Whisky Bar, known for its delectable cuisine and inviting ambiance. While immersing yourself in the local culture during your budget-friendly getaway, make sure to stop by Santa Lucia Merchant City Glasgow - a hidden culinary gem loved by locals and travelers alike. For those craving exquisite flavors, Glaschu Restaurant & Bar promises to deliver a feast for the senses.

To truly maximize your evening out, consider visiting The Gallery Bar after dinner. This bar is known for offering some of the best drinks and vibes in the city. Alternatively, head to Bar 91, another bar with an inviting ambiance.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Scotland!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Glasgow

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Drive 11 km, 1 hour 6 min

  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Kelvingrove Park
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • George Square
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Day 7 of your road trip itinerary introduces you to many popular attractions and activities in Glasgow, proving that cheap holidays in Scotland can be extraordinary. Have fun exploring the best places to visit in the city. At the end of the day, enjoy wining and dining at Glasgow, with 2 nights to stay in the area.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. This botanical garden is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,594 visitors.

When you’re finished at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, head to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This one-of-a-kind art museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 19,580 reviews. Every year, approximately 1,037,594 travelers come here to experience the art museum for themselves.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Kelvingrove Park. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 13,336 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Glasgow Cathedral. This cathedral is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,737 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to George Square. This famous square is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 20,066 travelers.

Your discovery of Glasgow does not have to stop there. You can add a budget-friendly activity on your itinerary and get to know more about Glasgow on a personal level. Check out the fantastic selection of affordable tours and tickets offered on this leg of your journey across this top cheap holiday destination in Europe, Scotland.

Going on cheap, budget vacations in Scotland shouldn’t stop anyone from dining at top-rated restaurants and bars. More than just an affordable travel destination, Glasgow is also home to a variety of excellent dining and drinking spots. When it’s time for a meal, we recommend you try some of the city's best places to eat and enjoy refreshing drinks.

Alston Bar & Beef offers delicious bites without straining your wallet. For a taste of local cuisine with a twist, venture to Sherbrooke Castle Hotel Glasgow. Or, try Elia Greek Restaurant, where reasonable prices and warm hospitality create a welcoming atmosphere for diners seeking a memorable dining experience.

Celebrate another day of your adventure-filled road trip through Scotland with a toast. Cheers to a memorable cheap vacation experience in Scotland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Glasgow, Larbert, and Skinflats

  • Glasgow
  • Larbert
  • Skinflats
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Drive 103 km, 2 hours 20 min

  • Glasgow Green
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Riverside Museum
  • The Falkirk Wheel
  • The Kelpies
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Get ready for another thrilling road trip adventure both in and around Glasgow on day 8 of your affordable vacation in Scotland. You’ll continue your stay in Glasgow for an additional 1 night. Explore more top attractions in Scotland, immerse yourself in diverse cultures, and enjoy unique experiences!

Make Glasgow Green one of your first sightseeing stops in Glasgow. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 10,762 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Glasgow Science Centre is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This skyscraper is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,454 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Riverside Museum. This museum has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 16,799 visitors.

After soaking in Glasgow’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Larbert. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 37 min. When you arrive in Larbert, it's time to take a break from the road.

Journey into the unknown at Falkirk Wheel, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable boat lift has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 15,951 reviews.

When you’ve had your share of Larbert, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Skinflats. Your travel time is around 15 min.

Take the opportunity to see The Kelpies. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 27,904 visitors.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Glasgow.

When it's time to eat or savor a refreshing drink, treat yourself to a delightful dining and drinking experience without paying more than necessary. Glasgow has restaurants and bars for all budgets, perfect for cheap holiday-goers.

Start your flavor-filled journey at The Willow Tea Rooms, featuring local favorites at reasonable prices. Looking for a taste of the unexpected? Òran Mór offers delightful dishes and desserts. If you’re seeking a cozy setting and satisfying meal, Stereo is the perfect spot for you!

Celebrate another day of your adventure-filled road trip through Scotland with a toast. Cheers to a memorable cheap vacation experience in Scotland!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Glasgow, Cambuskenneth, Stirling, Doune, and Inverness

  • Highland
  • Cambuskenneth
  • Stirling
  • Doune
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Drive 293 km, 3 hours 59 min

  • Wallace Monument
  • Stirling Castle
  • Stirling Old Town Jail
  • Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
  • Doune Castle
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Day 9 of your self-drive vacation in Scotland will take you to the city of Inverness, where you'll be staying for 2 nights. On your way to Inverness, you'll explore 3 popular cheap holiday destinations in Scotland, including Cambuskenneth, Stirling, and Doune.

Cambuskenneth’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Glasgow behind. This drive usually takes around 39 min. Cambuskenneth welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Wallace Monument. This extraordinary monument has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,772 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Stirling. This drive usually takes around 11 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Stirling Castle. This much-appreciated castle is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 26,632 reviews.

Next up is Stirling Old Town Jail. This sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 913 visitors.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. This zoo has been rated 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,922 reviews.

After soaking in Stirling’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Doune. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 12 min. When you arrive in Doune, it's time to take a break from the road.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Doune Castle, a remarkable castle where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 5,505 reviews.

Inverness offers many top-rated accommodations suitable for travelers on a budget vacation in Scotland. Whether you're in need of a quick break from your activities or seeking a comfortable place to rest, rest assured you'll find a welcoming and affordable option in the city.

Savor the culinary delights of Inverness, where affordability meets excellence in dining and drinking. From inviting bars crafting signature cocktails to cozy eateries serving up local favorites, the city offers an unforgettable experience for every taste bud.

Start your foodie adventure at Kingsmills Hotel, where you'll find affordable mouthwatering meals and desserts. If you’re craving a taste of local favorites, head over to MacGregor's, a go-to spot for both budget-savvy travelers and locals alike. For an unforgettable dining experience, don't miss The White House, where exquisite dishes and cozy ambiance await to make your culinary adventure truly memorable!

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at The Gunsmiths Bar, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to The Malt Room. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at MacCallums Bar, another top-rated place in the area.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Scotland!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Inverness, Spean Bridge, and Glenfinnan

  • Highland
  • Spean Bridge
  • Glenfinnan
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Drive 254 km, 4 hours 3 min

  • Urquhart Castle
  • Commando Memorial
  • Glenfinnan Viewpoint
  • Glenfinnan Monument - National Trust for Scotland
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Ready for day 10 of your road trip vacation in Scotland? Discover more of Inverness and beyond on this leg of your journey. Explore more top attractions, dive into new cultures, and enjoy unique experiences. Today is all about maximizing your 1 night in this vibrant destination!

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Spean Bridge.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Commando Memorial. This extraordinary monument is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,656 visitors.

Make Glenfinnan Viewpoint one of your first sightseeing stops in Glenfinnan. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,393 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Glenfinnan Monument - National Trust for Scotland is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This park is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,167 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Glenfinnan Viaduct. This stone bridge has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,217 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to Inverness and your accommodation.

As this day progresses, satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst at one of the city's best restaurants and bars. Many restaurants in Inverness offer good food and drink options at even better prices; the perfect combination for travelers on affordable vacations in Scotland.

Start your foodie adventure at Cafe V8, where you'll find affordable mouthwatering meals and desserts. If you’re craving a taste of local favorites, head over to Scotch & Rye, a go-to spot for both budget-savvy travelers and locals alike. For an unforgettable dining experience, don't miss Johnny Foxes, where exquisite dishes and cozy ambiance await to make your culinary adventure truly memorable!

Cap off your night in this cheap holiday destination at Hootananny and try some of its cocktails and snacks. Gellions Bar is another great place to hang out and unwind. If you want to have a drink or two with locals, you'll want to visit Innes Bar, offering the perfect setting to unwind and savor the evening.

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Day 11

Day 11 – Inverness, Stonehaven, Balmedie, and Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen
  • Highland
  • Stonehaven
  • Balmedie
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Drive 257 km, 3 hours 58 min

  • Clava cairns
  • Dunnottar Castle
  • Stonehaven War Memorial
  • Stonehaven Harbour
  • Balmedie Country Park
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On day 11 of your cheap holiday travels in Scotland, you’ll tour 3: Inverness, Stonehaven, and Balmedie. You'll stay in Aberdeen for 1 night, giving you enough time to satisfy your wanderlust and craving for new experiences.

When you're ready to see some sights, Clava cairns is a great place to start. This group is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,316 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Stonehaven. This car ride takes around 2 hours 31 min.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Dunnottar Castle. This rock castle is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Stonehaven, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 10,220 visitors.

Stonehaven War Memorial is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 598 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Stonehaven Harbour. Visitors have rated this harbor an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 2,510 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Stonehaven, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Balmedie. This drive usually takes around 36 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Kick off the day at Balmedie Country Park, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 750 reviews.

You’ll also have your choice of the best budget-friendly accommodations in the city of Aberdeen. So when it's time for a break from your adventures in Aberdeen, relax and restore your energy at any of the following affordable places to stay.

Don't let a tight budget stop you from enjoying delicious meals and refreshing drinks in Aberdeen. Here are a few top-rated restaurants and bars you may want to check out tonight.

Miller & Carter Aberdeen offers delicious bites without straining your wallet. For a taste of local cuisine with a twist, venture to Maggie's Grill. Or, try Malmaison Aberdeen, where reasonable prices and warm hospitality create a welcoming atmosphere for diners seeking a memorable dining experience.

Continue your lively evening at Krakatoa, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Prince Of Wales is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood.

Raise your glass to celebrate your fun and affordable travel experience in the city of Aberdeen!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Aberdeen - departure day

  • Aberdeen - Departure day
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  • Seaton Park
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Your budget road trip vacation in Scotland is about to end. Day 12 is your departure day and your last chance to capture the beauty of Aberdeen.

On your last day in Scotland, take time to indulge in shopping at Aberdeen’s popular marketplace. Look for keepsakes or souvenirs to remind you of your trip.

One fantastic attraction you could visit on your last day in Aberdeen is the remarkable Seaton Park. This park and popular place of interest has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,950 visitors.

Before you conclude your road trip in Scotland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Aberdeen.

As you prepare to bid farewell to Aberdeen, why not indulge in one last culinary delight at BrewDog Aberdeen, where you can enjoy a satisfying and budget-friendly meal? Alternatively, Chez Mal Brasserie & Bar features a variety of signature dishes to suit every taste, budget, and occasion. For those seeking a taste of flavorful delights, COSMO All You Can Eat World Buffet Restaurant | Aberdeen is a highly recommended spot.

You’ll then say farewell to Aberdeen. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Scotland!

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