25 days in Scotland & Geneva Itinerary

25 days in Scotland & Geneva Itinerary

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25 days in Scotland & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  17​h
1
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Arisaig, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Denver, United States

2
nights
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Callanish Standing Stones and Gearannan Blackhouse Village. Escape the urban bustle at Luskentyre and Uig Sands. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, stop by Harris Tweed Isle of Harris, and enjoy the sand and surf at Huisinis Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Isle of Lewis trip planner .

Denver, USA to Isle of Lewis is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Isle of Lewis. Traveling from Denver in July, you will find days in Isle of Lewis are much colder (61°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Dun Beag Broch. Take a break from the city and head to Kilt Rock and Quiraing (Hill Walk). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, look for gifts at Isle of Skye Oysters, don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, and explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye vacation app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

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
Dun Beag Broch ©
Dun Beag Broch

3
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

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 hidden gems such as Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Ben Nevis. Get a sense of the local culture at Glenfinnan Viaduct and West Highland Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Oban (McCaig's Tower & Oban Distillery). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Glencoe, appreciate the history behind Commando Monument, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fort William, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oban, Glenfinnan, Glen Coe, Commando Monument
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
Arisaig, United Kingdom

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. On the 15th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Silver Sands of Morar, then see the interesting displays at Land Sea and Islands Centre, and then kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram and then enjoy the sea views from Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Arisaig road trip site .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Arisaig takes an hour. July in Arisaig sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Durness.

Things to do in Arisaig

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morar Beach, Castle Tioram, Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse ©
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse

3
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll get in some beach time at Durness Beach and Polin Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Smoo Cave and Scourie Bay. Go for a jaunt from Durness to Kinlochbervie to see Oldshoremore Beach about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Balnakeil Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Sango Bay, and don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness trip planning app .

Drive from Arisaig to Durness in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore hidden gems such as Nairn Beach and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort George and Cawdor Castle. When in Inverness, make a side trip to see Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glenmore, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, and contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inverness online tour planner .

You can drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Highlights from your plan
Clava Cairns ©
Clava Cairns
Castle Stuart Golf Links ©
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

2
nights
Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar, then steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, and then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kirkwall road trip planning site .

Fly from Inverness to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Inverness in July: highs in Kirkwall hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Brough Of Birsay
Highlights from your plan
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Brough Of Birsay ©
Brough Of Birsay

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abbotsford House, then delve into the distant past at Melrose Abbey, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Doune Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, and finally appreciate the history behind National Wallace Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Melrose, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
Abbotsford House ©
Abbotsford House

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Geneva vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Geneva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Edinburgh to Geneva, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in July: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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