8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inverness
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 1 night
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 1 night
Fly

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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Roslin to see Rosslyn Chapel about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh journey planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Edinburgh is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ljubljana to Edinburgh. In June, Edinburgh is slightly colder than Ljubljana - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kirkwall, Mainland

— 2 nights
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Orkney Museum, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and then contemplate the long history of Ring of Brodgar. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Saint Magnus Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, and finally get a tailor-made plan with Orkney Uncovered.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kirkwall trip planning tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Kirkwall by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect nights in Kirkwall to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

You can fly from Kirkwall to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train. June in Inverness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Fort William

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Fort William route maker.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Pitlochry

— 1 night
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry road trip planning website.

You can drive from Fort William to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.