31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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

— 3 nights

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 Provand's Lordship and Paisley Abbey. The Museum of Piping and Scottish Football Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mackintosh Queen's Cross, stroll around Glasgow Green, explore the world behind art at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, and see the interesting displays at Glasgow Police Museum.

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New York City, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Glasgow is 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Glasgow at 59°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Stornoway.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Stornoway, Lewis and Harris

— 3 nights
Get some cultural insight at Norse Mill and Kiln and Dun Eistean. Appreciate the collections at Uig Museum and Comunn Eachdraidh Nis. Take a break from Stornoway with a short trip to Blue Pig Studio in Carloway, about 32 minutes away.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Glasgow to Stornoway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Glasgow in May: highs in Stornoway hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stornoway

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 5 nights
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 explore and learn at Uig Pottery and Giant Angus MacAskill Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duntulm Castle and Portree Parish Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isle of Skye: Plockton (Plockton Seal Trips & Plockton Harbour), Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara) and Attadale Gardens (in Strathcarron). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Coruisk, make a trip to Cill Chriosd, Head underground at Spar Cave, and admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary site.

Travel from Stornoway to Isle of Skye in 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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. Get some cultural insight at Saint Andrew's Church and Road to the Isles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lost Valley Trail and Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail. Step out of Fort William with an excursion to Buachaille Etive Mor in Ballachulish--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way, examine the collection at Treasures of the Earth, take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls, and trek along Great Glen Way.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William route planning app.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Oban

— 3 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Dunadd Fort and Argyll-Sea Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Kilmartin Church and Graveyard and Carnasserie Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Ardfern (in Ardfern) and Kilmartin (Temple Wood Stone Circle, Nether Largie South Cairn, &more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isle of Kerrera, trek along Pulpit Hill, view the masterpieces at The Jetty Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parsley the Ambassador Cat.

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Drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Oban are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Oban

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Old Temple Kirk, steep yourself in history at Crichton Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rosslyn Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern Two, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, then stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, and finally visit New Town.

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Drive from Oban to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Dundee

— 3 nights
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Get in touch with nature at Kingsbarns Beach and Reekie Linn. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop and Howff Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dundee: Kirriemuir (Tayside Police Museum Kirriemuir, Bon Scott Statue, &more), Crail Museum and Heritage Centre (in Crail) and Brechin Town House Museum (in Brechin). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on The Isle of May Boat Trips, tee off at Downfield Golf Club, appreciate the history behind Penguin Statues, and snap pictures at Tay Railway Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dundee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Dundee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dundee can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Dundee

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Groam House Museum and Nairn Museum. The Falconer Museum and Battlefield Select Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Findhorn (Findhorn Heritage and Icehouse & Findhorn Beach), Aviemore (Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris & Craigellachie National Nature Reserve) and Boat of Garten Community Garden (in Boat of Garten). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Fairy Glen Falls, race across the water with a speed boat tour, get engrossed in the history at Highland Archive Centre, and awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary app.

Drive from Dundee to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dundee in May, plan for little chillier nights in Inverness, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kirkwall, Mainland

— 3 nights
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Get some historical perspective at Earl's Palace and Orkneyinga Saga Centre. Step out of the city life by going to MV Valkyrie and Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, explore the engaging exhibits at Corrigall Farm Museum, don't miss a visit to Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn, and steep yourself in history at Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kirkwall trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Inverness in May, you will find days in Kirkwall are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.