17 days in Scotland & France Itinerary

17 days in Scotland & France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Tobermory, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Le Mans City, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip planning site.

Calgary, Canada to Glasgow is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Calgary to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Calgary, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glasgow, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Tobermory.

Things to do in Glasgow

Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Tobermory, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Tobermory is the capital of, and the only burgh on, the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Tobermory Distillery has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tobermory Distillery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tobermory trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Tobermory takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Tobermory

Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 10th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Tobermory to Aviemore in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum on the Mound, view the masterpieces at Jupiter Artland, then steep yourself in history at Hopetoun House, then admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Burgh of Culross, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunfermline Abbey and Palace.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online travel planner.

You can drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will leave for Paris on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Luxembourg Palace, get to know the resident critters at Jardin des Plantes, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Natural History, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Edinburgh to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Le Mans City, France

— 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle du Petit Saint Ceneri, contemplate the long history of Abbaye Royale de L'Epau, get your game on at Karting des 24 Heures du Mans, then appreciate the history behind Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then look for gifts at Palais des Thes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de la Couture. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Visitation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Pierre La Cour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Benoit, then get outside with Ad'Air, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Vert.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Le Mans City trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Le Mans City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Le Mans City can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Batteries de Crisbecq and Marcouf44. Visit Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Ferme-Musee du Cotentin (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Tour Vauban de La Hougue (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, pause for some photo ops at Monument des Deportes, and look for gifts at Fantastic Attic.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip maker app.

You can drive from Le Mans City to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Arenes de Lutece, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquée de Paris, then admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Malmaison, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee des Egouts.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.

Aviemore and the Cairngorms travel guide

4.5
Mountains · Parks · Nature & Parks

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.