18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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18 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Fort Augustus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Stirling
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Culloden Moor
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You've now added Inverness Cathedral to your itinerary. Visiting Nairn Beach and River Ness will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Highland Folk Museum and Fort George. Change things up with a short trip to Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore (about 54 minutes away).

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Inverness trip maker tool .

Phoenix, USA to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Inverness, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in April, expect Inverness to be colder, temps between 52°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nairn Beach, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Highland Folk Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Inverness Cathedral ©
Inverness Cathedral
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

1
night
Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Urquhart Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Glomach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Invergarry Castle and then admire the sheer force of Dog Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Augustus trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort Augustus takes an hour. April in Fort Augustus sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Falls of Glomach
Highlights from your plan
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Falls of Glomach ©
Falls of Glomach

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.
The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, stroll through Talisker Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Dun Beag Broch. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, explore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isle of Skye sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Dun Beag Broch ©
Dun Beag Broch

2
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jacobite Steam Train. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get interesting insight from Jacobite Steam Train and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Signal Rock and An Torr, take an in-depth tour of Lochaber Archive Centre, then see the interesting displays at Treasures of the Earth, then take a memorable drive along Road to the Isles, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jacobite Steam Train ©
Jacobite Steam Train
Saint Andrew's Church ©
Saint Andrew's Church
Treasures of the Earth ©
Treasures of the Earth

1
night
Stirling

Stirling ©
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doune Castle. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for gifts at Tinkerbells Emporium, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Cemetery, snap pictures at Stirling Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Cambuskenneth Abbey, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dumyat Path, and finally explore the historical opulence of Doune Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Stirling online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Fort William to Stirling in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Stirling Bridge ©
Stirling Bridge
Cambuskenneth Abbey ©
Cambuskenneth Abbey

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Edinburgh Castle, Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill and Midhope Castle. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of Gladstone's Land, then make a trip to Royal Scottish Academy, then examine the collection at Writers' Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Hopetoun House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Midhope Castle, step into the grandiose world of Crichton Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Holyrood Palace, then take an in-depth tour of John Knox House Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Old Calton Burial Ground.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Edinburgh travel route planner.

Getting from Stirling to Edinburgh by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Crichton Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dalhousie Castle Falconry ©
Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Hopetoun House ©
Hopetoun House
Gladstone's Land ©
Gladstone's Land

2
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Barony Colliery and Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church. Let the collections at The Museum of Piping and The Auld Kirk Museum capture your imagination. Explore Glasgow's surroundings by going to Dick Institute (in Kilmarnock), Artastic (in Kilwinning) and Many Thanks (in Mauchline). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stevenston Beach, do a tasting at Vino Valentino, admire the natural beauty at Milngavie Reservoirs, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glasgow vacation planner .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Culloden Moor.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, The Auld Kirk Museum, Milngavie Reservoirs, Barony Colliery, Stevenston Beach
Highlights from your plan
Many Thanks ©
Many Thanks
Artastic ©
Artastic
The Auld Kirk Museum ©
The Auld Kirk Museum

3
nights
Culloden Moor

Culloden Moor ©
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then pause for some photo ops at Brahan Seer Monument, and finally tee off at Castle Stuart Golf Links. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club and then admire the sheer force of Fairy Glen.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Culloden Moor visit planner.

Getting from Glasgow to Culloden Moor by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Culloden Moor can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Culloden Moor

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Fortrose, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Clava Cairns, Fairy Glen
Highlights from your plan
Castle Stuart Golf Links ©
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Clava Cairns ©
Clava Cairns
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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