16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Oban
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Stirling
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Portland

3
nights
Inverness

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) and Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip maker .

Portland, USA to Inverness is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In May, Inverness is a bit cooler than Portland - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Wildwoodz, Cairngorm Mountain, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, make a trip to Fairy Glen, and then explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Finn Falconry, brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, and finally don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Parsley the Ambassador Cat, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Arduaine Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oban vacation builder .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Oban by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Oban are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Stirling.

Things to do in Oban

Parks Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Finn Falconry ©
Finn Falconry
Oban Distillery ©
Oban Distillery
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Stirling

Stirling ©
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, admire the natural beauty at The Queen Anne Gardens, steep yourself in history at National Wallace Monument, then steep yourself in history at The Old Town Jail, then step into the grandiose world of Doune Castle, and finally sample the fine beverages at Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Argaty Red Kites, then make a trip to Falkirk Wheel, then make a trip to The Kelpies, and finally get outside with The Kelpies & The Helix.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Stirling trip planning website .

Drive from Oban to Stirling in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Stirling are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Falkirk
Highlights from your plan
National Wallace Monument ©
National Wallace Monument
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Falkirk Wheel ©
Falkirk Wheel

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Stirling to Edinburgh in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

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