32 days in Scotland Itinerary

32 days in Scotland Itinerary

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32 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
1
Glasgow
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Dundee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pitlochry
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
6
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Oban
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

5
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Linlithgow Palace and Mount Stuart. Do some cultural sightseeing at Caerlaverock Castle and Rothesay's Victorian Toilets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Doune Castle (in Doune), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Stirling (Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, National Wallace Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Tenement House, take in the exciting artwork at Art 'N' Joy Art Gallery and Framer, step into the grandiose world of Ardrossan Castle, and admire the striking features of Culzean Castle.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Glasgow. In November in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Dundee.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stirling, Dumfries, Rothesay, Culzean Castle, Ardrossan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
Caerlaverock Castle ©
Caerlaverock Castle

3
nights
Dundee

Dundee
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Glamis Castle and St Andrews Links will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Verdant Works and Steeple Church. Explore Dundee's surroundings by going to Scone Palace (in Perth), St Andrews Cathedral (in St. Andrews) and Dunnottar Castle (in Stonehaven). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Wishart Arch, get to know the fascinating history of Bash Street, take an in-depth tour of Discovery Point, and appreciate the history behind Mercat Cross and St John's Centre.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dundee trip maker website .

Getting from Glasgow to Dundee by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trips

Perth, St. Andrews, Dunnottar Castle, Glamis Castle
Highlights from your plan
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links
Verdant Works ©
Verdant Works

3
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Get some cultural insight at The Scottish Crannog Centre and Highland Folk Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to The Black Watch Castle & Museum and Faskally Wood. When in Pitlochry, make a side trip to see Falls of Dochart in Killin, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Killiecrankie, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blair Athol Distillery, and explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pitlochry day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dundee to Pitlochry takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Inverness.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Falls of Dochart, Highland Folk Museum, The Black Watch Castle & Museum, The Scottish Crannog Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Killiecrankie ©
Killiecrankie
The Black Watch Castle & Museum ©
The Black Watch Castle & Museum

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Clava Cairns and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. Visit Inverness Castle and Culloden Battlefield for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Rothiemurchus) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, stop by Simply The Best Fair Trade Shop, and contemplate the long history of Fort George.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness road trip website .

Take a train from Pitlochry to Inverness in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inverness are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Embo Beach, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Clava Cairns, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Rothiemurchus ©
Rothiemurchus

2
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Click Mill, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, then take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, then step into the grandiose world of Earl's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Skaill House, and finally contemplate the long history of Skara Brae.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Stromness journey maker app .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Stromness takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Stornoway.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stenness, Click Mill, Earl's Bu, Earl's Palace
Highlights from your plan
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Stornoway ©
Get some historical perspective at Lews Castle and Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Get a sense of the local culture at The Blackhouse and Gearannan Blackhouse Village. Step out of Stornoway to go to Tarbert and see Isle of Harris Distillery, which is approximately 54 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Stornoway online tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Stromness to Stornoway with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stornoway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris Distillery, Hebridean Soap Company, The Blackhouse, Luskentyre Beach
Highlights from your plan
Luskentyre Beach ©
Luskentyre Beach
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse

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.
Get outdoors at Portree Harbour and Kilt Rock. Get some cultural insight at Skye Museum of Island Life and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, and make a trip to Fairy Glen.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Stornoway to Isle of Skye takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Claigan Coral Beach ©
Claigan Coral Beach
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Portree Harbour ©
Portree Harbour

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Glen Coe and The Three Sisters. Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct and Fort Augustus Abbey for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Fort William to Glenfinnan to see Glenfinnan Church about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at West Highland Museum, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fort William, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Commando Monument, Fort Augustus Abbey, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

4
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Inveraray Jail and Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds and Oban War & Peace Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Oban: Tobermory Distillery (in Tobermory), Kilchurn Castle (in Dalmally) and Inveraray (Inveraray Castle & Inveraray Woollen Mill). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Duart Castle, make a trip to McCaig's Tower, sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Oban trip planning site .

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Oban, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Inveraray, Duart Castle, Tobermory Distillery, The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Kilchurn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Kilchurn Castle ©
Kilchurn Castle
Duart Castle ©
Duart Castle

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