19 days in Scotland Itinerary

19 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Glasgow
— 3 nights
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Oban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
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Pitlochry
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town are in your itinerary. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum in Jedburgh, approximately Jedburgh away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh online trip maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Edinburgh is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Edinburgh, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Glasgow

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Doune Castle and Buchanan Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Take a break from Glasgow with a short trip to Culzean Castle in Maybole, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at The Glasgow School of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Glasgow sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Oban

— 2 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. On the 20th (Sat), learn about all things military at Oban War & Peace Museum, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then make a trip to McCaig's Tower. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, then hike along Pulpit Hill, then see majestic marine mammals with Seafari Adventures, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parsley the Ambassador Cat.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oban trip planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Oban in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Oban are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Oban

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach, then experience rural life at The Oyster Shed, and then explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Neist Point, contemplate the long history of Dun Beag Broch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye travel route planner.

You can drive from Oban to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rothiemurchus and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Boat of Garten Community Garden (in Boat of Garten), Aviemore (Loch an Eilein & Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris) and Nairn Beach (in Nairn). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Isle of Skye in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inverness, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aberdeen

— 2 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
On the 27th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Dunnottar Castle, visit Footdee (Fittie), then see the interesting displays at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Burns Memorial garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Newburgh Seals Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Peterhead Prison Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Balmedie Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aberdeen trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Aberdeen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Pitlochry

— 3 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Dalwhinnie Distillery, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Glenturret Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Discovery Point, and then take in the pleasant sights at Birnam Oak.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pitlochry trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Pitlochry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · 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.