9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online road trip planner.

Manchester to Edinburgh is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours


— 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow online itinerary builder.

Drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fort William

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, make a trip to Tulloch Ringing Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort William trip builder.

Drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips


— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along River Ness, stroll through Loch Ness, and then take an exotic tour of Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

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.