11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Isle of Iona
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Stromness, Mainland
— 1 day
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Isle of Iona

Isle of Iona ©
On the 14th (Sun), look for gifts at Aosdana, then take an in-depth tour of Iona Abbey and Nunnery, then view the masterpieces at Iona Gallery & Pottery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Iona Craft Shop. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Iona Nunnery, then kick back and relax at Traigh an t-Suidhe, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Ban Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Isle of Iona online day trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Isle of Iona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, expect Isle of Iona to be little chillier, temps between 55°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Isle of Iona

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Iona Abbey and Nunnery ©
Iona Abbey and Nunnery
Iona Nunnery ©
Iona Nunnery
Iona Gallery & Pottery ©
Iona Gallery & Pottery

1
day
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Viking Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Skara Brae.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Stromness trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Isle of Iona to Stromness with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Stromness are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maeshowe, Saint Magnus Cathedral, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

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.
Head to Trotternish Art Gallery and Hebridean Isles Trading Company -Island at the Edgefor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Skyeworks Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), don't miss a visit to Neist Point, and look for gifts at Skye Batiks.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Isle of Skye in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Fort George, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip builder website .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle
Fort George
Fort George

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosslyn Chapel and St Giles' Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Old Town. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at Real Mary King's Close, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Inverness to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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