30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

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30 days in Scotland Itinerary

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

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. Explore hidden gems such as National Wallace Monument and Rosslyn Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Culzean Castle (in Ayr), Doune Castle (in Doune) and Jedburgh Abbey (in Jedburgh). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and contemplate the long history of Tantallon Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online trip builder .

Grand Rapids, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Grand Rapids in August, expect Edinburgh to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Tantallon Castle, Jedburgh Abbey, Culzean Castle, Melrose Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Greyfriars Kirk ©
Greyfriars Kirk
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar, then take an in-depth tour of The Orkney Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Smiddy Museum. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, and finally delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Kirkwall takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, The Smiddy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Culloden Battlefield and Glenfiddich Distillery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Clava Cairns. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). There's much more to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, explore the historical opulence of Cawdor Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Ninians Church, and explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kirkwall to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Cawdor Castle, Glen Strathfarrar
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Glenfiddich Distillery ©
Glenfiddich Distillery

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Quiraing and Skye Museum of Island Life. Get some historical perspective at Eilean Donan Castle and Duntulm Castle. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Claigan Coral Beach, experience rural life at The Oyster Shed, make a trip to Fairy Glen, and take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye vacation builder .

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Oban Distillery (in Oban) and Fort Augustus (Fort Augustus Abbey & Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and stroll through Camusdarach Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort William online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Fort Augustus, Morar Beach, Oban Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

5
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Stanley Mills are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Highland Folk Museum and Melt Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pitlochry: Perth (Elcho Castle & Huntingtower Castle), Ruthven Barracks (in Newtonmore) and Angus Glens (in Kirriemuir). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery, take in the pleasant sights at Birnam Oak, examine the collection at Atholl Palace Museum, and make a trip to Blair Atholl Watermill.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pitlochry trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Perth, Newtonmore, Birnam Oak, Meigle Sculptured Stones, Edzell Castle and Garden
Highlights from your plan
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Edradour Distillery ©
Edradour Distillery

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