17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

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17 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
5
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Fort William
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grassmarket as well as Inchcolm Abbey and Island. Get some historical perspective at Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and Greyfriars Kirkyard. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gladstone's Land and The Museum of Edinburgh. Venture out of the city with trips to Aberdour Castle (in Aberdour) and The Royal Burgh of Culross (in Culross). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery, step into the grandiose world of Chrichton Castle, identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, and examine the collection at Museum on the Mound.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get little chillier in Edinburgh: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aberdour Castle, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, The Royal Burgh of Culross, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
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Inchcolm Abbey and Island ©
Inchcolm Abbey and Island
Aberdour Castle ©
Aberdour Castle
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ©
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Durness Beach. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach and then stroll through Durness Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Dun Dornaigil Broch, kick back and relax at Scourie Bay, take in the awesome beauty at Ben Stack, then view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, and finally make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dun Dornaigil Broch, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Ben Stack ©
Ben Stack
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Inverness Botanic Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, stroll around Ness Islands, then admire the natural beauty at Inverness Botanic Gardens, and finally examine the collection at ShipSpace. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Highland House of Fraser, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, then take in the views from Culloden Viaduct, then don't miss a visit to Inverness Railway Station, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inverness vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Aigas Field Centre
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Speed Boats Tours
ShipSpace ©
ShipSpace

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.
Explore hidden gems such as A.C.E Target Sports and Sound of Sleat Beach. Visit Duntulm Castle and Dun Beag Broch for their historical value. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Talisker Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin, see the interesting displays at Giant Angus MacAskill Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Black Cuillin ©
Black Cuillin

2
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Portree Parish Church, then identify plant and animal life at Loch Coruisk, and then take in the exciting artwork at JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter).

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye online trip maker .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Loch Coruisk ©
Loch Coruisk
Dunscaith Castle ©
Dunscaith Castle
Uig Pottery ©
Uig Pottery

2
nights
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jacobite Steam Train as well as Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 17th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Rock and An Torr, get interesting insight from Jacobite Steam Train, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at MacIntosh Parish Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, fly down the slopes at Glencoe Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort William attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Glencoe
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Buachaille Etive Mor ©
Buachaille Etive Mor

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