15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Stirling
— 1 night
Drive
3
Stonehaven
— 1 night
Drive
4
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ballater
— 1 night
Drive
6
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Plockton
— 1 night
Drive
9
Fort William
— 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.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Edinburgh is 5 hours. In July, Edinburgh is cooler than New York City - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Stirling

— 1 night
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Catholic Church, step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, stop by House of Henderson, then pause for some photo ops at National Wallace Monument, then stroll through Argaty Red Kites, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Stirling trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Stirling in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Stirling sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Stonehaven

— 1 night
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Dunnottar Woods, then explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle, then kick back and relax at Stonehaven Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Stonehaven online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Stirling to Stonehaven in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Aberdeen

— 1 night

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Balmedie Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Newburgh Seals Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at David Welch Winter Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aberdeen trip itinerary planner.

Aberdeen is just a short distance from Stonehaven. July in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ballater.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ballater

— 1 night
Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. On the 23rd (Fri), head outdoors with Deeside Nature Activities, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Muick, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Kentigern’s Church.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ballater day trip site.

Getting from Aberdeen to Ballater by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Ballater sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Ballater

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Durness

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then look for gifts at Mudness Ceramics, then kick back and relax at Durness Beach, and finally stroll through Sango Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Rispond Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ballater to Durness in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Drumnadrochit

— 2 nights
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'. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aigas Field Centre, and then stroll through Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Invermoriston Falls, then take a memorable drive along General Wade’s Military Roads, and then take a tour by water with Fish Loch Ness.

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

Traveling by car from Durness to Drumnadrochit takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Plockton.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Plockton

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Carron Pottery, then explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, and then surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Plockton trip planner.

Getting from Drumnadrochit to Plockton by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Plockton

Tours · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then hike along Glencoe Lochan, and finally steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Glen Coe Photography Safari and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort William day trip website.

Traveling by car from Plockton to Fort William takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.