15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
+2
Fly + tram + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Pitlochry
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery and then explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Scottish Crannog Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunkeld Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pitlochry trip itinerary maker .

Edmonton, Canada to Pitlochry is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Pitlochry is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Dunkeld Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Dunkeld Cathedral ©
Dunkeld Cathedral

2
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, then pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William trip planner .

You can drive from Pitlochry to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glen Coe, Fort Augustus Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

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 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, then step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Glen, take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point, and then steep yourself in history at Dun Beag Broch.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Isle of Skye vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
Dun Beag Broch ©
Dun Beag Broch

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort George, explore the activities along River Ness, and then get to know the fascinating history of Glen Strathfarrar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inverness road trip app .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Glen Strathfarrar
Highlights from your plan
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 23rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Click Mill, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally steep yourself in history at Maeshowe. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Click Mill, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Doune Castle. Visit Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Glamis Castle (in Glamis) and Stirling (Stirling Castle & National Wallace Monument). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh vacation builder app .

You can fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel, Glamis Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

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