21 days in Scotland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland Itinerary

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21 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Inverness
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h
4
Isle of Lewis
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Madrid

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan) and McCaig's Tower (in Oban). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, look for gifts at The Granite House, and appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort William trip maker tool .

Toronto, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Fort William, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Commando Monument, McCaig's Tower, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Saint Andrew's Church ©
Saint Andrew's Church
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

3
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 Skye Museum of Island Life and Skye Batiks. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, look for gifts at The Isle of Skye Soap Company, take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, and shop like a local with JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Clava Cairns and The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge), Loch an Eilein (in Aviemore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort George.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planning app .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Cawdor Castle, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Clava Cairns
Highlights from your plan
River Ness ©
River Ness
Clava Cairns ©
Clava Cairns
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

2
nights
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
On the 28th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Butt of Lewis Lighthouse and then take an in-depth tour of The Blackhouse. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House, then explore the ancient world of Calanais Standing Stones, and then stroll through Luskentyre Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Lewis online itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Inverness to Isle of Lewis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Inverness in July: highs in Isle of Lewis hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Luskentyre Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse
Gearannan Blackhouse Village ©
Gearannan Blackhouse Village

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ness of Brodgar and Bishop & Earls Palace. Go for a jaunt from Kirkwall to Birsay to see Brough Of Birsay about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Orkney Wireless Museum, make a trip to HMS Royal Oak Memorial, sample the fine beverages at Scapa Distillery, and head outdoors with MV Valkyrie.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Lewis to Kirkwall takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. In July in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromness, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Brough Of Birsay, Broch of Gurness
Highlights from your plan
Ness of Brodgar ©
Ness of Brodgar
Orkney Wireless Museum ©
Orkney Wireless Museum
Yesnaby Cliffs ©
Yesnaby Cliffs

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Isle of May National Nature Reserve and Hopetoun House. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gilmerton Cove, see the interesting displays at Museum on the Mound, learn about all things military at National War Museum of Scotland, and admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two.

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You can fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Isle of May National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Isle of May National Nature Reserve ©
Gilmerton Cove ©
Gilmerton Cove
Hopetoun House ©
Hopetoun House

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