16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dundee
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland

— 1 night
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 25th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and then contemplate the long history of Ring of Brodgar. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Orkney Uncovered, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, and finally steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kirkwall road trip planning site.

London to Kirkwall is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London in June, expect Kirkwall to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Culloden Battlefield and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Clava Cairns for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Dornoch Beach (in Dornoch), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). Next up on the itinerary: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, take in the views from Culloden Viaduct, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness online trip planner.

Getting from Kirkwall to Inverness by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
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 30th (Wed): stroll through Neist Point, don't miss a visit to Dun Beag Broch, and then step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Inverness to Isle of Skye by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude 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. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and finally trek along Glencoe Lochan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William route tool.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. On the 4th (Sun), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dalwhinnie Distillery, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Queen's View Visitor Centre, then take an in-depth tour of The Scottish Crannog Centre, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Pitlochry tour planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dundee.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Dundee

— 2 nights
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Discovery Point and then explore the historical opulence of Glamis Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monans Church of Scotland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St Andrews West Sands Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Andrews Cathedral, and finally play a few rounds at St Andrews Links.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dundee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Dundee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Dundee sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Castle are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Drive from Dundee to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dundee in July, Edinburgh is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.