22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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22 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  30​h
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Oban
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Cairns

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Shop till you drop at Seaweed n Stuff and Castle Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Elgin Cathedral and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Brodie Castle (in Forres), Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit) and Picaresque Books (in Dingwall). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort George, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Inverness travel route tool .

Cairns, Australia to Inverness is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cairns to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Ferintosh Community Market, Brodie Castle, Seaweed n Stuff, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kirkwall visit planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Maeshowe, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quiraing (Hill Walk) and Claigan Coral Beach. For shopping fun, head to Hebridean Isles Trading Company -Island at the Edge or Skyebluegallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, and make a trip to Fairy Glen.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kirkwall to Isle of Skye in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Beaches
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
Skye Blue Gallery ©
Skye Blue Gallery

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenfinnan Monument and Steall Waterfall. Visit Fort Augustus and Eilean Donan Castle for their historical value. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan), The Morar Cross (in Morar) and All The Goodness (in Ardelve). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, ponder the design of Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain, appreciate the views at Glencoe, and examine the collection at West Highland Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip planning site .

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 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan, Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey

3
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Get some historical perspective at St. Conan’s Kirk and Inveraray Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kilchurn Castle and Inveraray Jail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oban: Kilchoan (Sanna Bay & Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum, stroll the grounds of Camas nan Geall, and don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Oban road trip app .

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kilchoan, Inveraray, Kilchurn Castle, Camas nan Geall, St. Conan’s Kirk
Highlights from your plan
Kilchurn Castle ©
Kilchurn Castle
St. Conan’s Kirk
St. Conan’s Kirk
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Head to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Robert Graham Ltd Est 1874for some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Craigmillar Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Holyrood Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Oban to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Dean Village ©
Dean Village

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