10 days in Scotland Itinerary

10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+2
Subway + Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Inverness
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Fort William

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Fort William is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of subway, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Glen Coe
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort

2
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Dunvegan Two Churches Walk, then stroll through Neist Point, then admire the sheer force of RHA Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, then look for gifts at Skye Batiks, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Isle of Skye online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks Shopping
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

1
night
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the activities along River Ness, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
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Distillery Tours
River Ness ©
River Ness
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, and finally explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kirkwall online travel planner.

You can fly from Inverness to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Inverness in June: highs in Kirkwall hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

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Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kirkwall in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Edinburgh: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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