15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Roslin to see Rosslyn Chapel about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Cleveland, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cleveland to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in August, things will get a bit cooler in Edinburgh: highs are around 65°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dalwhinnie Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blair Athol Distillery, take an in-depth tour of The Scottish Crannog Centre, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pitlochry online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, then step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), steep yourself in history at Fort George, and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Inverness sightseeing site.

You can drive from Pitlochry to Inverness in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Get in touch with nature at The Quiraing and Kilt Rock. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Duntulm Castle for their historical value. When in Isle of Skye, make a side trip to see Plockton Seal Trips in Plockton, approximately Plockton away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Skye Museum of Island Life, explore the activities along Portree Harbour, stroll through Neist Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Inverness to Isle of Skye by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort William

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram, then examine the collection at West Highland Museum, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip app.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, steep yourself in history at National Wallace Monument, then step into the grandiose world of Doune Castle, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Glasgow Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Glasgow are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Scotland travel guide

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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.