12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gairloch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Oban
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Isle of Arran
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness by Jacobite and Fort Augustus Abbey. On the 23rd (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, get interesting insight from Loch Ness by Jacobite, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Inverness trip simple and quick.

London to Inverness is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Inverness, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Fort Augustus Abbey, Cawdor Castle
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

1
night
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hebridean Whale Cruises as well as Gairloch Glass Bottom Boat Cruises. On the 25th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glen Torridon, then take a tour by water with Gairloch Glass Bottom Boat Cruises, and then get a new perspective on things with Hebridean Whale Cruises.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Gairloch takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Glen Torridon
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Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Hebridean Whale Cruises ©
Hebridean Whale Cruises

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.
You've now added The Quiraing to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr and then step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye visit planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

2
nights
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. Jacobite Steam Train has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle and pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fort William online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Commando Monument, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Old Inverlochy Castle ©
Old Inverlochy Castle
Jacobite Steam Train ©
Jacobite Steam Train

2
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and then explore the historical opulence of Duart Castle.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oban trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Oban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Arran.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Duart Castle
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Duart Castle ©
Duart Castle
Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds ©

1
night
Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park and then look for gifts at Arran Aromatics. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at The ASPA at Auchrannie, explore the historical opulence of Lochranza Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Machrie Moor Stone Circles.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Arran tour planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Oban to Isle of Arran with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isle of Arran

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Machrie Moor Stone Circles ©
Machrie Moor Stone Circles
Lochranza Castle ©
Lochranza Castle

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