15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  15 h
1
Aberdeen
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ballater
— 6 nights
car:  6 h 30 min
3
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
ferry and drive:  3 h
4
Fort William
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
5
Appin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Craignure, Isle of Mull
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Lochgilphead
— Few hours
Ferry and drive:  4 h
8
Port Charlotte, Islay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Saint Louis

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Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Dunnottar Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen visit planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Aberdeen is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Aberdeen, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ballater.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dunnottar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle

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nights
Ballater

Ballater ©
Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Popular historic sites such as Balmoral Castle and Kildrummy Castle are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Braemar Castle and Craigievar Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballater: Fasque Castle (in Fettercairn), The Whisky Castle (in Tomintoul) and Dufftown (Glenfiddich Distillery & Auchindoun Castle). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Loch Muick, take in the dramatic natural features at Burn O'Vat, explore the ancient world of Kindrochit Castle, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballater trip website .

You can drive from Aberdeen to Ballater in 1.5 hours. July in Ballater sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll set off for Isle of Skye on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Ballater

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dufftown, Alford, Braemar, The Whisky Castle, Tomnaverie Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Castle ©
Balmoral Castle
Braemar Castle ©
Braemar Castle
Fasque Castle ©
Fasque Castle

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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.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isle of Skye using our trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ballater to Isle of Skye with the Route module. July in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will leave for Fort William on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lealt Falls ©
Lealt Falls

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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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Appin.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

1
night
Appin

Appin ©
Castle Stalker has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Castle Stalker.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Appin tour planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Appin takes an hour. August in Appin sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Craignure.

Things to do in Appin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castle Stalker ©
Castle Stalker

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night
Craignure, Isle of Mull

Craignure ©
You've now added Duart Castle to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Duart Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Craignure trip builder tool .

Getting from Appin to Craignure by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Craignure are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Lochgilphead.

Things to do in Craignure

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duart Castle
Highlights from your plan
Duart Castle ©
Duart Castle

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Lochgilphead

Lochgilphead ©
Lochgilphead is a town and former burgh in Argyll and Bute, West of Scotland, with a population of around 2,300 people. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castle Sween. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castle Sween.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lochgilphead travel app .

You can drive from Craignure to Lochgilphead in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Charlotte.

Things to do in Lochgilphead

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castle Sween ©
Castle Sween

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night
Port Charlotte, Islay

Port Charlotte ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bowmore Distillery. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Harbor, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bruichladdich Distillery, and then sample the fine beverages at Bowmore Distillery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Charlotte vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lochgilphead to Port Charlotte. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Port Charlotte

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruichladdich Distillery, Harbor, Bowmore Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Bruichladdich Distillery ©
Bruichladdich Distillery
Bowmore Distillery ©
Bowmore Distillery

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nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hopetoun House, then explore the historical opulence of Blackness Castle, and then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Port Charlotte to Edinburgh with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blackness Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hopetoun House ©
Hopetoun House
Blackness Castle ©
Blackness Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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