16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Stornoway ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Blackhouse and Callanish Standing Stones. Do your shopping at Hebridean Soap Company and Morven Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Stornoway: Blue Pig Studio (in Carloway) and Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House (in Great Bernera).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Stornoway trip itinerary app .

Newark, USA to Stornoway is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Stornoway due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: highs in Stornoway hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stornoway

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Isle of Lewis, Blue Pig Studio, Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House, The Blackhouse, Hebridean Soap Company
Highlights from your plan
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Old Town and Palace of Holyroodhouse are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greyfriars Kirk and Georgian House. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh City Chambers, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online route builder .

Explore your travel options from Stornoway to Edinburgh with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Standing Stones of Stenness and Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maeshowe and Pier Arts Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Kirkwall: Tomb of the Eagles (in South Ronaldsay), Skara Brae (in Stromness) and Brough Of Birsay (in Birsay). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, take an in-depth tour of The Orkney Museum, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of The Viking Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kirkwall online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Kirkwall takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Broch of Gurness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Brough Of Birsay
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cawdor Castle and Fort George. Take a break from the city and head to Nairn Beach and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Inspirations, delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness road trip app .

You can fly from Kirkwall to Inverness in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Aviemore, Nairn, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

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. Fort Augustus and Glenfinnan Viaduct will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glencoe and Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Well of the Seven Heads (in Laggan), Oban Distillery (in Oban) and Argyll Pottery (in Barcaldine). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, take an in-depth tour of The Clansman Centre, and make a trip to Neptune's Staircase.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip app .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glen Coe, Oban Distillery, Argyll Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

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