31 days in Scotland & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

31 days in Scotland & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Dundee
— 2 nights
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Oban
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre and Town Hall and Town Gaol Berwick upon Tweed. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and New Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Jedburgh (Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum & Jedburgh Abbey), Holy Island (Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Lindisfarne Centre, &more) and Bamburgh (R Carter & Sons & Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Kelso Abbey, explore the ancient world of Dryburgh Abbey, identify plant and animal life at Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Embleton Bay.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online trip builder.

Louisville, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Traveling from Louisville in July, you will find days in Edinburgh are much colder (66°F), and nights are little chillier (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Side Trips

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Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre ©
Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre
The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin ©
Jedburgh Abbey ©
Jedburgh Abbey

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Glasgow

Glasgow ©

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paisley Abbey and Dean Castle and Country Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of the Holy Rude and The Royal Burgh of Culross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Dalgarven Mill (in Kilwinning), Chatelherault (in Hamilton) and Troon (Royal Troon Golf Club & Troon Beach). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Isles, step into the grandiose world of Dundonald Castle, steep yourself in history at Inchmahome Priory, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow day trip website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dundee.

Things to do in Glasgow

Side Trips

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Troon Beach ©
Troon Beach
St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel
Rothesay Castle ©
Rothesay Castle

2
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Dundee

Dundee ©
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Bash Street. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Ninian's Cathedral, go for a walk through St matthews church, steep yourself in history at Greyfriars Burial Ground, then take in the exciting artwork at The Fergusson Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Abernethy Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Abernethy Round Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dundee trip planner.

Getting from Glasgow to Dundee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Dundee sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Maspie Den ©
Maspie Den
Museum of Abernethy ©
Museum of Abernethy
Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop ©
Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop

2
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Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tee off at Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dunkeld Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Rannoch Moor, admire the natural beauty at Cluny House Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Castle Menzies, race across the water with Loch Tay Safaris, then play a few rounds at Blairgowrie Golf Club, and finally steep yourself in history at Stanley Mills.

To plan Pitlochry vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Dundee to Pitlochry takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dunkeld Cathedral ©
Dunkeld Cathedral
Castle Menzies ©
Castle Menzies
Black Spout Wood ©
Black Spout Wood

4
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Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Get a sense of the local culture at Mull Museum and Carnasserie Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Finn Falconry and Kilmartin Church and Graveyard. Explore Oban's surroundings by going to Tobermory (Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Inspire Wild, &more), Lochgilphead (Arichonan Clearance Village, Dunadd Fort, &more) and Loch na Keal (in Salen). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Royal Castle of Tarbert, take in nature's colorful creations at Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, explore the activities along Crinan Canal, and don't miss a visit to Temple Wood Stone Circle.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oban route planning app.

You can drive from Pitlochry to Oban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Oban

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mull Museum ©
Mull Museum
Skipness Castle ©
Skipness Castle
Kilmartin Museum ©
Kilmartin Museum

4
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenfinnan Monument and Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Get some historical perspective at Old Inverlochy Castle and Saint Andrew's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Morar (Loch Morar & Morar Beach), Mallaig (Western Isles Cruises & Mallaig Heritage Centre) and Arisaig (Camusdarach Beach & Land Sea and Islands Centre). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, enjoy some diversion at Crombie Clay Shooting, and trek along Lost Valley Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort William tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Oban to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Western Isles Cruises ©
Western Isles Cruises
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive
Glen Etive

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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.
Shop till you drop at Uig Pottery and Trotternish Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skye Museum of Island Life and Talisker Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Isle of Skye: Plockton (Plockton Seal Trips & Plockton Harbour), Strome Castle (in Lochcarron) and Attadale Gardens (in Strathcarron). There's still lots to do: stop by Skye Weavers, delve into the distant past at Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, explore the historical opulence of Clan Donald Skye Visitor Centre, and examine the collection at Giant Angus MacAskill Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip planner.

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Loch Coruisk ©
Loch Coruisk
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Uig Pottery ©
Uig Pottery

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Inverness

Inverness ©

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Popular historic sites such as Inverness Cathedral and Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Historylinks Museum and Tarbat Discovery Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: The Whisky Castle (in Tomintoul), Auchindoun Castle (in Keith) and Ballindalloch (Cragganmore Distillery & Glenfarclas Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Huntly Castle, contemplate the long history of Knockando Woolmill, see the interesting displays at Elgin Museum, and kick back and relax at Loch Morlich.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Inverness Cathedral ©
Inverness Cathedral
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mull Head Nature Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, do a tasting at Orkney Wine Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Orcadian Wildlife, and finally identify plant and animal life at Olav's Wood.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kirkwall road trip website.

Getting from Inverness to Kirkwall by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Inverness in July, expect nights in Kirkwall to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Kirbuster Museum ©
Kirbuster Museum

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