16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 2 nights
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Dunnet
— 1 night
Drive
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Golspie
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). Next up on the itinerary: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, explore the ancient world of Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inverness online trip itinerary builder.

London to Inverness is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Inverness reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunnet.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Dunnet

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Seadrift Visitor Centre, sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Mary Ann's Cottage.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dunnet road trip planning website.

Getting from Inverness to Dunnet by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Inverness, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dunnet, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in Dunnet

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Golspie

— 1 night
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, kick back and relax at Brora Beach, then sample the fine beverages at Clynelish Distillery, and finally stroll through Embo Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Golspie driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dunnet to Golspie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, then gain some tasty knowledge on See The Highlands, and finally don't miss a visit to Kishorn Selfie Box. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plockton Harbour, surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, look for gifts at Favourite Things, then explore the ancient world of Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Morar Cross.

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Traveling by car from Golspie to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · 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. On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, and finally make a trip to Tulloch Ringing Centre.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip app.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then stroll around Kelvingrove Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Vino Valentino. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at The Paisley Cenotaph, then see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Strathblane Falconry.

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Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, and wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

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

Getting from Glasgow to Edinburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.