28 days in Scotland Itinerary

28 days in Scotland Itinerary

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28 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly + bus:  16​h
1
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 15​min
5
Ayr
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Pitlochry
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

4
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. Get some cultural insight at Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Nevis and Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Kilchurn Castle (in Dalmally), Fort Augustus (Fort Augustus Abbey & General Wade’s Military Roads) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William online trip planner .

Cleveland, USA to Fort William is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Fort William is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Fort Augustus, Glencoe Village, Kilchurn Castle
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Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

3
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 The Quiraing and The Old Man of Storr. Skye Museum of Island Life and Duntulm Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Isle of Skye, make a side trip to see Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, relax in the rural setting at The Oyster Shed, and make a trip to Fairy Glen.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Culloden Battlefield and Glenfiddich Distillery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cairngorm Mountain and Elgin Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Dornoch Cathedral (in Dornoch), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle, stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns.

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Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Inverness, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Dornoch Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Nigg Old Church
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, get engrossed in the history at The Orkney Museum, then take an unorthodox tour of Ring of Brodgar, and finally steep yourself in history at Skara Brae. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, then delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness, then contemplate the long history of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kirkwall trip planner .

You can fly from Inverness to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ayr.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Broch of Gurness, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a large town and former Royal Burgh on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Culzean Castle and Dean Castle and Country Park. Appreciate the collections at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Dunscore Heritage Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Ayr: Robert Burns Ellisland Farm (in Auldgirth), Dalgarven Mill (in Kilwinning) and Drumlanrig Castle (in Dumfries). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Heads of Ayr Farm Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Artastic, explore the ancient world of Barony Colliery, and admire the landmark architecture of Dumfries House.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ayr trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kirkwall to Ayr in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ayr are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Ayr

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dumfries, Kilwinning, Dean Castle and Country Park, Barony Colliery, Culzean Castle
Highlights from your plan
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Drumlanrig Castle ©
Drumlanrig Castle
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ©
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

4
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and The Birks of Aberfeldy. Get a sense of the local culture at Glamis Castle and The Black Watch Castle & Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Pitlochry side-trips: The Shed Gallery (in Kinloch Rannoch), Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore) and The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Scone Palace, sample the fine beverages at The Glenturret Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunkeld Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Gateway to the Glens Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pitlochry trip planner .

Drive from Ayr to Pitlochry in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dunkeld, Perth, The Glenturret Distillery, Highland Folk Museum, The Shed Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia. Visiting Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Discovery Point (in Dundee), Melrose Abbey (in Melrose) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, contemplate the long history of Holyrood Abbey, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Melrose Abbey, Doune Castle, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Discovery Point ©
Discovery Point

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