12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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
train + bus + Fly:  7​h
End: Dublin

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yesnaby Cliffs.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Kirkwall trip planning website .

Dublin, Ireland to Kirkwall is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Stromness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
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Yesnaby Cliffs ©
Yesnaby Cliffs
Ness of Brodgar ©
Ness of Brodgar
Orkneyinga Saga Centre ©
Orkneyinga Saga Centre

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Ballindalloch Castle and Old High Church, Inverness for their historical value. Get outdoors at Rogie Falls and Speed Boats Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit), Ballindalloch (Glenfarclas Distillery & Cragganmore Distillery) and Tollie Red Kites (in Dingwall). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, see the interesting displays at Nairn Museum, and don't miss a visit to Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Inverness road trip planning site .

You can fly from Kirkwall to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Ballindalloch, Tollie Red Kites, Rogie Falls, Nairn Museum, Corrimony Chambered Cairn
Highlights from your plan
Rogie Falls ©
Rogie Falls
Ballindalloch Castle ©
Ballindalloch Castle
Beauly Priory ©
Beauly Priory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Talisker Beach, make a trip to Flora MacDonald's Grave, and then explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Cuillin, snap pictures at Sligachan Old Bridge, then hit the bull's-eye at A.C.E Target Sports, and finally admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isle of Skye using our trip planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports
Black Cuillin ©
Black Cuillin

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at MacIntosh Parish Church, delve into the lush surroundings at Signal Rock and An Torr, then don't miss a visit to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery, and finally cruise along Road to the Isles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): cruise along Morar Beach, explore the activities along Loch Shiel, see the interesting displays at Treasures of the Earth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church, then pause for some photo ops at Seated Sculpture, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Fort of Fort William.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William tour builder app .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Morar Beach, Loch Shiel, Inchree Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Inchree Waterfalls ©
Inchree Waterfalls
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach
Saint Andrew's Church ©
Saint Andrew's Church

2
nights
Oban

Oban
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Columba Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Ocean Explorer Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Conan’s Kirk, then step into the grandiose world of Kilchurn Castle, and finally admire the sheer force of Falls of Lora. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, hike along Pulpit Hill, then explore the activities along Loch Linnhe, then look for gifts at Argyll Pottery, and finally steep yourself in history at Castle Stalker.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oban journey planner .

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Oban can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kilchurn Castle, Castle Stalker, Argyll Pottery, Loch Linnhe, St. Conan’s Kirk
Highlights from your plan
St. Conan’s Kirk
St. Conan’s Kirk
Castle Stalker ©
Castle Stalker
Kilchurn Castle ©
Kilchurn Castle

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