31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Glasgow
— 4 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dundee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly
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Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
Drive to Kirkwall Airport, Fly to Stornoway Airport
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Stornoway, Lewis and Harris
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oban
— 4 nights
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Glasgow

— 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Wallace Monument and Doune Castle. Get some historical perspective at The Necropolis and Culzean Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Rothesay (Rothesay's Victorian Toilets & Mount Stuart) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Vino Valentino, wander the streets of Buchanan Street, and see the interesting displays at People's Palace and Winter Gardens.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Glasgow trip tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Glasgow is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Edmonton in July, you will find days in Glasgow are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Melrose Abbey. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Scotland and Grassmarket. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Jedburgh Abbey (in Jedburgh) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Parish Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dundee

— 3 nights
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Get some cultural insight at St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and St Mary's Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Dundee side-trips: The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore) and Dunkeld Bridge (in Dunkeld). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Glamis Castle, steep yourself in history at St Andrews Links, race across the water with Pirate Boats, and make a trip to Creich Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dundee road trip site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dundee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dundee are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort George and Cawdor Castle. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Elgin Cathedral (in Elgin) and Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), explore the activities along River Ness, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness online itinerary planner.

Drive from Dundee to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dundee in July, Inverness is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Stromness, Mainland

— 2 nights
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness, then take an unorthodox tour of Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, and finally delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Yesnaby Cliffs, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, then contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, and finally step off the mainland to explore Brough Of Birsay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Stromness trip planner.

You can fly from Inverness to Stromness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Inverness in July, you will find days in Stromness are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stornoway.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Stornoway, Lewis and Harris

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Calanais Standing Stones, take an in-depth tour of Bernera Museum, then contemplate the long history of Gearannan Blackhouse Village, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Blackhouse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, enjoy the sea views from Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, and then explore the historical opulence of Lews Castle.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Stornoway online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Stromness to Stornoway with the Route module. July in Stornoway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stornoway

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Eilean Donan Castle and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skye Museum of Island Life and Portree Harbour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, don't miss a visit to Neist Point, and go for a walk through Fairy Glen.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye travel route website.

Traveling by journey from Stornoway to Isle of Skye takes 4 hours. In July in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Fort William

— 3 nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at West Highland Museum and Glenfinnan Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Well of the Seven Heads (in Laggan) and Fort Augustus (Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain & Fort Augustus Abbey). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, make a trip to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Seated Sculpture.

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Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Oban

— 4 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inveraray Castle and Kilchurn Castle. St. Conan’s Kirk and Glenorchy Parish Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Oban to go to Inveraray and see Inveraray Jail, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, make a trip to McCaig's Tower, and look for all kinds of wild species at Parsley the Ambassador Cat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Oban travel planning app.

Drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Oban sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.