24 days in Scotland Itinerary

24 days in Scotland Itinerary

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24 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Glasgow
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Dundee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pitlochry
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Fort William
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the striking features of The Royal Burgh of Culross, steep yourself in history at Dunblane Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Old Town Jail, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Rude. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Provand's Lordship, take an in-depth tour of Hunterian Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House, then get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral.

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Melbourne, Australia to Glasgow is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Glasgow at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stirling, Dunblane Cathedral, The Royal Burgh of Culross
Highlights from your plan
Dunblane Cathedral ©
Dunblane Cathedral
The Mackintosh House ©
The Mackintosh House
The Old Town Jail ©
The Old Town Jail

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Gilmerton Cove. Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Berwick upon Tweed to see Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Craigmillar Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Greyfriars Kirk.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

2
nights
Dundee

Dundee ©
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Edzell Castle and Garden, brush up on your military savvy at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle, then see the interesting displays at HMS Unicorn, and finally appreciate the history behind Desperate Dan Statue. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle and then sample the tasty concoctions at 71 Brewing.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dundee journey planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Dundee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Dundee, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Glamis Castle, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Dunnottar Castle, Edzell Castle and Garden
Highlights from your plan
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre ©

2
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Atholl Country Life Museum, sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, then contemplate the long history of Ossian's Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of The Hermitage, and finally identify plant and animal life at Birnam Oak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks, then admire the natural beauty at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pitlochry trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dundee to Pitlochry takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Inverness.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Dunkeld, Ruthven Barracks
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Edradour Distillery ©
Edradour Distillery
Ruthven Barracks ©
Ruthven Barracks

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Inverness Castle Viewpoint. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle, and take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness online holiday builder .

Take a train from Pitlochry to Inverness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

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.
On the 6th (Thu), get your game on at A.C.E Target Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Cath Waters Scottish Landscape Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Talisker Beach, then make a trip to Dun Beag Broch, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye vacation maker app .

Getting from Inverness to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach

5
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. Visiting Ben Nevis and Highland Titles Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Old Inverlochy Castle. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Morar Beach (in Morar), Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, pause for some photo ops at Seated Sculpture, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ben Nevis Distillery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Morar Beach, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Camusdarach Beach, Glen Etive
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

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