14 days in Scotland Itinerary

14 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ayr
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Bring the kids along to Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Loch Ness. Venture out of the city with trips to Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain, Loch Morlich, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Black Isle Quad Biking, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Inverness is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Inverness at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
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 1st (Sat): make a trip to Plockton Harbour, then do sightseeing your way with Plockton Seal Trips, and then take a memorable drive along Ratagan to Glenelg. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, then explore the fascinating underground world of Spar Cave, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing.

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Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Inverness in July, plan for slightly colder days in Isle of Skye, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fort William

— 3 nights
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. Family-friendly places like Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre and Camusdarach Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Finn Falconry (in Oban) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, pause for some photo ops at Peace Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum.

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Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Ayr.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ayr

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Heads of Ayr Farm Park, play a few rounds at Royal Troon Golf Club, and then experience rural life at Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience.

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You can drive from Fort William to Ayr in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Ayr, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ayr

Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Pirate Boats. Venture out of the city with trips to Elite Falconry (in Kirkcaldy) and Isle of May National Nature Reserve (in Anstruther). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

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You can drive from Ayr to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Nature · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Ayrshire travel guide

4.1
Castles · Architectural Buildings · Golf Courses
A golf lover’s paradise, Ayrshire contains an abundance of public courses, as well as two top courses that have hosted the British Open in recent years. Despite a lively tourist industry, the region has remained relatively unchanged, especially in its large rural areas. The primary attractions for tourists, aside from golf, remain walking and cycling routes, coupled with visits to the remains of old castles and other historic sites. Ayrshire is known for a scenic walking path that stretches for over 160 km (100 mi) along the coast. The region also boasts a gourmet culinary scene, centered around small restaurants and traditional pubs, that thrives even in the smallest of the county’s villages.