9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Start: Athens
Fly + Drive:  12 h 45 min
1
Isle of Lewis
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Athens

1
day
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stop by Hebridean Soap Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Leathad Ard Gardens, then get outside with Islands of Adventure, and finally delve into the distant past at Calanais Standing Stones.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Isle of Lewis driving holiday planner.

Athens, Greece to Isle of Lewis is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Athens to Isle of Lewis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in October, expect nights in Isle of Lewis to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Islands of Adventure ©
Islands of Adventure
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Leathad Ard Gardens ©
Leathad Ard Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at RHA Waterfall, then go for a walk through Fairy Glen, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Fairy Glen ©
Fairy Glen
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

1
night
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the activities along River Ness, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness itinerary planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Inverness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
River Ness ©
River Ness

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 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and finally appreciate the history behind Commando Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Commando Monument
Highlights from your plan
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
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, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Walking tours

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