11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  6​h
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Stromness, Mainland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Oban
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Pitlochry
— 1 night
+2
train + tram + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Roslin to see Rosslyn Chapel about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh travel route builder site .

Barcelona, Spain to Edinburgh is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Edinburgh. While traveling from Barcelona, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Stromness.

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

1
night
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, then make a trip to Ness of Brodgar, and finally contemplate the long history of Skara Brae.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stromness travel planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Stromness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, you will find days in Stromness are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stenness
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Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Durness Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and then explore the ancient world of Dun Dornaigil Broch.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Durness day trip planning website .

You can drive from Stromness to Durness in 4.5 hours. July in Durness sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sandwood Bay Beach, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George, take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, contemplate the long history of Culloden Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip maker tool .

Getting from Durness to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Folk Museum, Beauly Priory, Fort Augustus Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

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 23rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, appreciate the history behind Commando Monument, don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church.

Plan a Fort William trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Commando Monument
Highlights from your plan
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

1
night
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Castle Stalker, steep yourself in history at Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, and finally make a trip to McCaig's Tower.

Before you visit Oban, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Fort William to Oban by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Oban, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Castle Stalker
Highlights from your plan
Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel ©
Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
Oban War & Peace Museum ©
Oban War & Peace Museum
Oban Distillery ©
Oban Distillery

1
night
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pitlochry itinerary planner.

Getting from Oban to Pitlochry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Queen's View Visitor Centre ©
Queen's View Visitor Centre

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