21 days in Scotland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland Itinerary

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21 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Fort Augustus
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Oban
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Stirling
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Phoenix

6
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Highland Folk Museum and Fort George. Visit Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Nairn Beach (in Nairn). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary 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. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in April; daily highs in Inverness reach 52°F and lows reach 36°F. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toFort Augustus.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nairn, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Highland Folk Museum, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, admire the sheer force of Falls of Glomach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Invergarry Castle and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dog Falls.

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Getting from Inverness to Fort Augustus by car takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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. On the 29th (Wed), explore the activities along The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, stroll through Talisker Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Dun Beag Broch. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye online trip builder .

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. April in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
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. Jacobite Steam Train has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a memorable tour with Jacobite Steam Train and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip builder website .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Tours Museums Outdoors
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
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. On the 3rd (Sun), explore the world behind art at Easdale Island Folk Museum, identify plant and animal life at Finn Falconry, and then contemplate the long history of Castle Stalker.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oban day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Oban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Oban sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Oban

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Castle Stalker
Highlights from your plan
Finn Falconry ©
Finn Falconry
Castle Stalker ©
Castle Stalker
Easdale Island Folk Museum ©
Easdale Island Folk Museum

2
nights
Stirling

Stirling ©
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doune Castle. On the 4th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Sir David Stirling Memorial, explore the historical opulence of Doune Castle, identify plant and animal life at Argaty Red Kites, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dumyat Path, then take in the history at Stirling Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Argyll's Lodging. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirk of St. John the Baptist, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Serf's Church and Dupplin Cross, steep yourself in history at Cambuskenneth Abbey, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Cemetery, then look for gifts at Tinkerbells Emporium, and finally explore the ancient world of Mar's Wark.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Stirling trip planning app .

Drive from Oban 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 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Perth
Highlights from your plan
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Argaty Red Kites ©
Argaty Red Kites
Stirling Bridge ©
Stirling Bridge

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get engrossed in the history at People's Story, then steep yourself in history at Gladstone's Land, then explore the world behind art at Royal Scottish Academy, and finally see the interesting displays at Writers' Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Midhope Castle, contemplate the long history of Crichton Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, then step into the grandiose world of Holyrood Palace, then take an in-depth tour of John Knox House Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Calton Burial Ground.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Stirling to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Crichton Castle, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Dick Institute, then view the masterpieces at Many Thanks, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fairfield Heritage, then learn about winemaking at Vino Valentino, and then examine the collection at The Museum of Piping.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow trip planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in Glasgow sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dick Institute, Many Thanks
Highlights from your plan
Dick Institute ©
Dick Institute
Many Thanks ©
Many Thanks
Scuba & Snorkeling

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