8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

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8 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Lafayette
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Lafayette

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of RHA Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Uig Pottery, then practice your aim at A.C.E Target Sports, and finally head outdoors with Skye Adventure.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip planner .

Lafayette, USA to Isle of Skye is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Lafayette in August; daily highs in Isle of Skye reach 61°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports
Skye Adventure ©
Skye Adventure
RHA Waterfall ©
RHA Waterfall

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, snap pictures at Greig Street Bridge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Isle Brewery, get your game on at Wildwoodz, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rogie Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Aviemore, Munlochy, Rogie Falls, Dornoch Cathedral
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral
Rogie Falls ©
Rogie Falls

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Yesnaby Cliffs, make a trip to Ness of Brodgar, then see the interesting displays at Orkney Wireless Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Stromness, Brough Of Birsay, Broch of Gurness, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
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Ness of Brodgar ©
Ness of Brodgar
Yesnaby Cliffs ©
Yesnaby Cliffs
Scapa Flow ©
Scapa Flow

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