15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Aviemore
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Paris

3
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. Get some cultural insight at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Saint Andrew's Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Steall Waterfall and Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Stalker (in Appin) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Glencoe, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip planner.

Paris, France to Fort William is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glen Coe, Glencoe Lochan, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Ballachulish Slate Quarry
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Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

4
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kids will enjoy Abernethy National Nature Reserve and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. Get in touch with nature at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Boat of Garten Community Garden. Go for a jaunt from Aviemore to Dufftown to see Glenfiddich Distillery about 1h 20 min away. Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Rothiemurchus and look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aviemore tour planner.

Getting from Fort William to Aviemore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aviemore are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kingussie, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Glenfiddich Distillery
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maeshowe and Skara Brae. Do some cultural sightseeing at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm and Brough Of Birsay. Change things up with these side-trips from Kirkwall: South Ronaldsay (Olav's Wood & Tomb of the Eagles). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Saint Magnus Cathedral, delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Viking Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkwall tour site .

Getting from Aviemore to Kirkwall by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. August in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Birsay, South Ronaldsay, Stenness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
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Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Dean Village ©
Dean Village

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