13 days in Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Scotland Itinerary

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13 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Oban
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Melrose Abbey and Royal Yacht Britannia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holyrood Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip maker website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melrose Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then steep yourself in history at Maeshowe, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally delve into the distant past at Skara Brae.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkwall online route planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Cawdor Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Nairn Beach (in Nairn). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, see the interesting displays at Nairn Museum, expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, and contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Nairn, Glenfiddich Distillery, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens

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 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey.

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You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glen Coe, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort Augustus Abbey
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

2
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castle Stalker, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, then brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, and finally make a trip to McCaig's Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Oban road trip site .

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Castle Stalker
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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel ©
Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
Oban Distillery ©
Oban Distillery
Oban War & Peace Museum ©
Oban War & Peace Museum

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