14 days in Scotland Itinerary

14 days in Scotland Itinerary

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14 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+4
subway + bus + Fly + tram + train:  13​h
1
Pitlochry
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Stromness, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Stonehaven
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. On the 17th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Laggan Parish Church, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery, and then contemplate the long history of The Scottish Crannog Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry planner .

Washington DC, USA to Pitlochry is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Pitlochry, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Laggan Parish Church
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Queen's View Visitor Centre ©
Queen's View Visitor Centre

3
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glenfinnan Monument and Castle Tioram. Explore hidden gems such as Steall Waterfall and Fort Augustus Abbey. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Well of the Seven Heads (in Laggan), Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain (in Fort Augustus) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Pitlochry to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan, Glencoe Folk Museum, Castle Tioram, Glen Coe
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

3
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 Fort George. Explore hidden gems such as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Coast Candle Co. (in Dornoch) and Nigg Old Church (in Nigg). The adventure continues: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and stroll through Cawdor Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inverness travel route planner.

Drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Coast Candle Co., RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

1
night
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, then steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, and finally delve into the distant past at Skara Brae.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stromness trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Inverness to Stromness in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Inverness in May, plan for slightly colder days in Stromness, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Maeshowe
Highlights from your plan
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

1
night
Stonehaven

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Crathes Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dunnottar Woods, and then explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Stonehaven holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Stromness to Stonehaven takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Crathes Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle
Dunnottar Woods ©
Dunnottar Woods

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Castle and Doune Castle for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosslyn Chapel and Advocate's Close. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

Make your Edinburgh itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Stonehaven to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Doune Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

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