12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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. Explore hidden gems such as Climbing Tours and Fort Augustus. Get outdoors at Camusdarach Beach and Steall Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from Fort William to Glenfinnan to see Glenfinnan Viaduct about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Glencoe, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, and contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William road trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus Abbey, Glen Coe, Camusdarach Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Dornoch Cathedral and Highland Folk Museum. Clava Cairns and Fort George are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Rothiemurchus, explore the activities along River Ness, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inverness tour planner .

You can drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Clava Cairns, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Dornoch Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
River Ness ©
River Ness
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, then delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, and finally steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Tomb of the Eagles, then sample the tasty concoctions at Highland Park Distillery, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and finally head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Inverness in July, you will find days in Kirkwall are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nature

Side Trips

Stenness, Stromness, Tomb of the Eagles, Brough Of Birsay, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Doune Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip planning website .

Getting from Kirkwall to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Doune Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

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