12 days in Scotland & Wales Itinerary

12 days in Scotland & Wales Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland & Wales Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Beaumaris, Anglesey
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
5
Conwy
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Train + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cape Town


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2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get outdoors at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Clava Cairns and Highland Folk Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inverness day trip app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Inverness. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for little chillier days in Inverness, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Clava Cairns, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Highland Folk Museum
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Clava Cairns ©
Clava Cairns
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

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 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, then make a trip to Fairy Glen, and then get engrossed in the history at Skye Museum of Island Life.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip itinerary site .

Getting from Inverness to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Museums
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Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

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. On the 24th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall. On the next day, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Beaumaris.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort Augustus Abbey
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey

1
night
Beaumaris, Anglesey

Beaumaris ©
Beaumaris is a former royal borough, a community, and the former county town of Anglesey, Wales. On the 26th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle, enjoy the sea views from South Stack Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Slate Museum, steep yourself in history at Caernarfon Castle, then contemplate the long history of National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, and finally learn about all things military at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beaumaris trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Fort William to Beaumaris in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. September in Beaumaris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Conwy.

Things to do in Beaumaris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Holyhead, National Slate Museum, National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Caernarfon Castle, Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe
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Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle
South Stack Lighthouse ©
South Stack Lighthouse

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nights
Conwy

Conwy ©
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the galleries of Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), steep yourself in history at Plas Mawr, contemplate the long history of Smallest House in Britain, then explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Conwy Town Walls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Conwy route planner.

You can take a bus from Beaumaris to Conwy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Conwy

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Penrhyn Castle (National Trust)
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Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Penrhyn Castle (National Trust) ©
Penrhyn Castle (National Trust)

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