3 days is a short time to see such an amazing & diverse country.
If it's your first time I think Edinburgh is a must, if you're there during the Edinburgh Festival don't miss the Tattoo. The situation of Edinburgh blows you away with the castle on a hill in one direction & Hollyrood Palace on another all forming a backdrop through the river which flow through the city. Visiting Edinburgh Castle is a must.
I wouldn't try to cover too much ground in 3 days. Stirling is a city supposed to be worth seeing though I haven't been there. It's not that far north and if you take the train you would pass over the amazing Fort Worth Bridge spanning the Firth of Forth, an experience in itself.
Further west, though I'm not sure could you cut easily across is Loch Lomond, famous for the song written after it. Though I haven't stayed there, I've passed it & it's a pretty vista if not quite as dramatic as further north in the Highlands. You could take the train then down to Glasgow, a revitalised city, shop in Sauchiehall Street, maybe visit its excellent Transport Musemn. The choice is yours.
Try and sample some Scottish delicacies when you're there such as haggis, Cullen Skink; a smoked fish (I think haddock soup), shortbread, Dundee fruit cake and deep fried Mars bar if you must, venisont. It's all part of the experience. If you can fit in a night of Scottish entertainment it should round off your experience.
Alternatively you could fly direct into Inverness and attack the Highlands from there, it depends on what appeals to you more but you won't be able to fit in the two geographical areas comfortably in 3 days. about 7 years ago
Yeah I think the top place to go would be Edinburgh. I'm a huge golf nerd so St.Andrews was a must! But I busted that trip out in a day trip, you can take the bus for very cheap and its leaves both locations very often. I also flew into Glasgow, and that city seemed very pretty. if you have the time. about 7 years ago
Wow, thx for all the answers Hilary and Caitlin :) I just bought a ticket to Edinburgh. Would def try the smoked fish. Plan to see a lot of castles in Edinburgh. Will browse more about Edinburgh. Hope there are lots of exciting things to do in Edinburgh and around. about 7 years ago
Hilary and Caitlin, you both are right about Edinburgh. 3 days are not enough. Had the best days and extended my stay for few days more. I love the city at first sight. Am now back in my country and planning to go back to the UK next year. Edinburgh is on my top list :)) almost 7 years ago