8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

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8 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Dublin

1
night
Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Rothesay ©
The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. On the 18th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Blane's Chapel and then step into the grandiose world of Mount Stuart.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rothesay online trip itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Rothesay is an approximately 6-hour flight. In April, daily temperatures in Rothesay can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Rothesay

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden
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St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
Rothesay Castle ©
Rothesay Castle

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip planner.

You can drive from Rothesay to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, then admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Stornoway.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Lealt Falls ©
Lealt Falls
Kilt Rock ©
Kilt Rock

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night
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Stornoway ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dailbeag Beach, then get engrossed in the history at The Blackhouse, then explore the ancient world of Callanish Stones, and finally delve into the distant past at Callanish Standing Stones.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Stornoway day trip app .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Stornoway by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Stornoway are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Stornoway

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Lewis, The Blackhouse
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The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse
Dailbeag Beach ©
Dailbeag Beach
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Get some cultural insight at Standing Stones of Stenness and Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement. Your inner history buff will appreciate Barony Mill and Maeshowe. Explore Kirkwall's surroundings by going to Skara Brae (in Stromness) and Fernvalley Wildlife Centre (in Rendall). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Viking Centre, head outdoors with MV Valkyrie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, and explore the engaging exhibits at Corrigall Farm Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Stornoway to Kirkwall with the Route module. In April, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Corrigall Farm Museum, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Barony Mill
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Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement ©
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement

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