13 days in Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Scotland Itinerary

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13 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + Drive:  15 h
1
Isle of Iona
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Isle of Lewis
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Ullapool
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
6
Stromness, Mainland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Kuwait City

1
night
Isle of Iona

Isle of Iona ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Oran's Chapel, get engrossed in the history at Iona Abbey and Nunnery, then stop by Aosdana, then take in the exciting artwork at Iona Gallery & Pottery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Iona Craft Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iona Nunnery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Traigh an t-Suidhe, enjoy the sand and surf at Traigh Bhan Nam Monach (White Strand of the Monks), then don't miss a visit to Marble Quarry, and finally make a trip to Machair.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Isle of Iona day trip planning app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Isle of Iona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, you will find days in Isle of Iona are cooler (10°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Isle of Iona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iona Abbey and Nunnery ©
Iona Abbey and Nunnery
St. Oran's Chapel ©
St. Oran's Chapel
Iona Nunnery ©
Iona Nunnery

1
day
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Callanish Standing Stones, stop by Hebridean Soap Company, view the masterpieces at Blue Pig Studio, then get engrossed in the history at Uig Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Norse Mill and Kiln.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Isle of Lewis road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Isle of Iona to Isle of Lewis with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Isle of Lewis can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Uig Museum ©
Uig Museum
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Blue Pig Studio ©
Blue Pig Studio

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 25th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Skyeworks Gallery, then look for gifts at Skye Batiks, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), and finally view the masterpieces at Trotternish Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hebridean Isles Trading Company -Island at the Edge, then look for gifts at Skye Weavers, and then admire the natural beauty at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye road trip planner.

Getting from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Skye Weavers ©
Skye Weavers

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Chisholms Highland Dress, step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, look for gifts at Judith Glue, explore the activities along River Ness, then contemplate the long history of Fort George, and finally take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inverness road trip planning website .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Inverness by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George
River Ness ©
River Ness

1
night
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. On the 28th (Fri), stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, take an in-depth tour of Ullapool Museum, then view the masterpieces at An Talla Solais, then stop by The Captain's Cabin, and finally look for gifts at Made in Ullapool.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ullapool trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Ullapool in 1.5 hours. In December in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Shopping Museums Classes
Highlights from your plan
Made in Ullapool ©
Made in Ullapool
Ullapool Museum ©
Ullapool Museum
The Captain's Cabin ©
The Captain's Cabin

1
night
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, and finally contemplate the long history of Skara Brae.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stromness trip planner .

You can drive from Ullapool to Stromness in 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Stromness are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barony Mill, Maeshowe, Saint Magnus Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, browse the range of quality goods at Jenners, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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