18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 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
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dundee
— 2 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland

— 1 night
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with MV Valkyrie, don't miss a visit to HMS Royal Oak Memorial, then get your bearings at Scapa the Orcadian, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, and finally delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Stromness Golf Club, then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, then take in nature's colorful creations at Happy Valley, and finally make a trip to Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kirkwall planning app.

London to Kirkwall is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Kirkwall hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Big Burn Walk and Highland Tour Guide. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Black Isle Brewery and Historylinks Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Brora (Brora Golf Club & Brora Beach). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, indulge your senses at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, and take an in-depth tour of Highland Archive Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inverness trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train. June in Inverness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 4 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plockton Harbour and Lealt Falls. Get outdoors at Talisker Beach and SkyeXplorer Boat Trips. Get out of town with these interesting Isle of Skye side-trips: Gairloch (Russian Arctic Convoy Museum & Gruinard Bay Caravan Park) and Mellon Udrigle Beach (in Poolewe). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Cuillin, view the masterpieces at Uig Pottery, snap pictures at Sligachan Old Bridge, and sample the fine beverages at Torabhaig Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye travel 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 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Inchree Waterfalls, take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe, and finally trek along Great Glen Way. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lost Valley Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church, and then cruise along Road to the Isles.

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You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oban

— 2 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parsley the Ambassador Cat, head outdoors with Allan's Boat Trips, hike along Pulpit Hill, head off the coast to Isle of Kerrera, then kick back and relax at Ganavan Sands, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Columba Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oban online day trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. June in Oban sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Oban

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pitlochry

— 3 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castle Menzies and Ben Vrackie. Get outdoors at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve and Birnam Oak. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ossian's Hall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on Rannoch Moor, and admire the sheer force of Falls of Bruar.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pitlochry online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Oban to Pitlochry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dundee.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dundee

— 2 nights
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on The Isle of May Boat Trips, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monans Church of Scotland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bowbridge Alpacas Scotland, then kick back and relax at East Sands Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church (Town Kirk).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dundee online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Dundee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dundee can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Dundee

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

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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.