12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Pittenweem
— 1 night
Drive
3
Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive
4
Beauly
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Glasgow
— 1 night
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Edinburgh

— 4 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, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Edinburgh. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Edinburgh at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pittenweem.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Pittenweem

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along St Monans Harbour, kick back and relax at Elie Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kellie Castle & Garden, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pittenweem day trip planning site.

Drive from Edinburgh to Pittenweem in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Pittenweem

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 13th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and finally appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Glencoe road trip planner.

Drive from Pittenweem to Glencoe in 3.5 hours. September in Glencoe sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Beauly.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Beauly

— 2 nights
Beauly is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, 10mi west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. Aigas Field Centre has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Kilmorack Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, then steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then sample some tasty brews at Highland Taste, and then admire the striking features of St Ninians Church.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Beauly day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Beauly takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Beauly

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Isle of Skye Candle Company, steep yourself in history at Eilean Donan Castle, then take a memorable drive along Ratagan to Glenelg, and finally take in the views from Skye Bridge. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, get a dose of the wild on Plockton Seal Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Beauly to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glasgow

— 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then walk around Pollok Country Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow travel planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Glasgow in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Scotland travel guide

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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.