23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland Trip Planner

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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Trossachs
Drive
5
Oban
— 1 night
Drive
6
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive
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Thurso
— 1 night
Drive
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Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Aviemore
Drive
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Stirling
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 1 night
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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger, The Meadows, Calton Hill, and other attractions you added. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, stop by Edinburgh Old Town, take in the exciting artwork at Summerhall, then admire the natural beauty at The Meadows, then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket, and finally look for gifts at I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh day trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Edinburgh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Edinburgh is 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
You've added Merchant City, Glasgow West End, Blackfriars, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Buchanan Street. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, stroll around Glasgow Green, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tennents Wellpark Brewery, then wander the streets of Merchant City, and finally wander the streets of Glasgow West End.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glasgow online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Edinburgh

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

Your list of things to see and do now includes Cameo Cinema, Inchcolm Abbey and Island, Royal Yacht Britannia, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. See even more of Edinburgh: hunt for treasures at Edinburgh Farmers' Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trossachs.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Trossachs

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trossachs travel route planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Trossachs in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll set off for Oban on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Trossachs

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Oban

— 1 night
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. You've added Glen Coe, Loch Awe Boats, McCaig's Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oban road trip planning app.

You can drive from Trossachs to Oban in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oban are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Oban

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Old Man of Storr as well as Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

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You can drive from Oban to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Ullapool

— 1 night
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Your day by day itinerary now includes Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Loch Ewe Distillery.

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Getting from Isle of Skye to Ullapool by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Isle of Skye in January, Ullapool is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Thurso.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Thurso

— 1 night
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Thurso road trip site.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Thurso takes 3 hours. In January in Thurso, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will leave for Inverness on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Inverness

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Unexplored Scotland, Clava Cairns, River Ness, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at ShipSpace, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, stop by Highland House of Fraser, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness vacation website.

Getting from Thurso to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Inverness are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aviemore.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aviemore trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Aviemore in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Stirling.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Stirling

— 1 night
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Allanwater Brewhouse.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Stirling trip planner.

Getting from Aviemore to Stirling by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Stirling, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Edinburgh

— 1 night

Athens of the North

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Stirling to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.