12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Train
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
Bus
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Anstruther
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 1 night
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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

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Milan, Italy to Edinburgh is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Milan to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in September: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 4th (Sun), wander the streets of Buchanan Street, examine the collection at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Glasgow

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Explore Isle of Skye's surroundings by going to Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, and admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

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You can drive from Glasgow to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then stroll around Pollok Country Park.

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You can drive from Isle of Skye to Glasgow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anstruther.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks

Anstruther

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Anstruther Harbour, look for gifts at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, then see the interesting displays at Scotland's Secret Bunker, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kellie Castle & Garden.

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Getting from Glasgow to Anstruther by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Anstruther can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Anstruther

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 1 night

Athens of the North

On the 10th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat and then examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

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Drive from Anstruther to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.