23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

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23 days in Scotland Itinerary

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

4
nights
Tomintoul

Tomintoul ©
Tomintoul is a village in the Moray council area of Scotland; until 1975 it was in the county of Banffshire.It is said to be the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, but at 345m is still much lower than the highest village in Scotland (Wanlockhead, in Dumfries and Galloway).The village was laid out on a grid pattern by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1775. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fyvie Castle and Duff House. Get some cultural insight at Knockando Woolmill and Grampian Transport Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tomintoul: Boat of Garten Golf Club (in Boat of Garten), Working Sheepdogs (in Kincraig) and Cardhu Distillery (in Aberlour). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Ballindalloch Castle, examine the collection at Dallas Dhu Whisky Distillery, look for gifts at Portsoy Ice Cream, and enjoy the sand and surf at Findhorn Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tomintoul online road trip planner .

Edinburgh to Tomintoul is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Tomintoul

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Banff, Forres, Aberlour, Ballindalloch Castle, Boat of Garten Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Fyvie Castle ©
Fyvie Castle
Huntly Castle ©
Huntly Castle
Ballindalloch Castle ©
Ballindalloch Castle

4
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Visiting Brough Of Birsay and Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Broch of Gurness and Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum. Step out of Kirkwall with an excursion to The Old Man of Hoy in Hoy--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: savor a hot drink at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, examine the collection at Orkney Wireless Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow, and don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tomintoul to Kirkwall with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Stromness, Birsay, Hoy, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Brough Of Birsay ©
Brough Of Birsay

6
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dornoch Cathedral and Ruthven Barracks. Popular historic sites such as Glen Strathfarrar and Corrimony Chambered Cairn are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Rogie Falls (in Contin), Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Highland House of Fraser, take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Inverness online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Inverness are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauly, Dornoch, Culloden Battlefield, Corrimony Chambered Cairn, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Rogie Falls ©
Rogie Falls
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve ©
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunscaith Castle and Duntulm Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loch Coruisk and Colbost Folk Museum. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Skye Adventure, take in the exciting artwork at Uig Pottery, admire the sheer force of RHA Waterfall, and make a trip to Dun Beag Broch.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Loch Coruisk ©
Loch Coruisk
Skye Adventure ©
Skye Adventure

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Stalker.

Before you visit Fort William, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Morar Beach, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Castle Stalker
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Castle Stalker ©
Castle Stalker

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