10 days in Scotland Itinerary

10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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10 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Ayr
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Isle of Lewis
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Phoenix

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and finally contemplate the long history of Real Mary King's Close.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 7 hours. In May, Edinburgh is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ayr.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

1
night
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a large town and former Royal Burgh on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, contemplate the long history of Crossraguel Abbey, experience rural life at Little Turnberry Farm, then see the interesting displays at Culzean Castle and Country Park, then relax in the rural setting at Heads of Ayr Farm Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Dunure Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ayr online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Ayr takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Ayr

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Maybole, Little Turnberry Farm & Chicken Nest, Dunure Castle
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Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ©
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Crossraguel Abbey ©
Crossraguel Abbey

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Ayr to Kirkwall takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ayr in May, things will get a bit cooler in Kirkwall: highs are around 53°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

1
day
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Norse Mill and Kiln, get engrossed in the history at Uig Museum, steep yourself in history at Gearannan Blackhouse Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pig Studio, and finally delve into the distant past at Callanish Standing Stones.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Lewis road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kirkwall to Isle of Lewis in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Gearannan Blackhouse Village ©
Gearannan Blackhouse Village
Uig Museum ©
Uig Museum

1
night
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 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), stroll through Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columba's Isle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. May in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
St. Columba's Isle ©
St. Columba's Isle

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. On the 25th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Glencoe, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Fort William planning app .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness and then step into the grandiose world of Fort George.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Inverness travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Highland Folk Museum, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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