15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Bus:  17 h 30 min
1
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Drumnadrochit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Aviemore
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  14 h
End: Denver

1
night
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 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at MacIntosh Parish Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Lochan, and then identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive.

For maps, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary builder site .

Denver, USA to Fort William is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Glencoe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

3
nights
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Do some cultural sightseeing at Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks and Glen Strathfarrar. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle for their historical value. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, look for gifts at Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, and explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Drumnadrochit driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Drumnadrochit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Drumnadrochit sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Eilean Donan Castle, Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

4
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Escape the urban bustle at RSPB - Insh Marshes and Cairngorms National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, get outside with Thunder in the glens, explore the striking landscape of Glenmore Forest Park, and stroll through Speyside Way Long Distance Trail.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aviemore road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Drumnadrochit to Aviemore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fused and Light, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, RSPB - Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park
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RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Popular historic sites such as The Real Mary King's Close and Greyfriars Kirk are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel route builder .

You can drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Glasgow
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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