9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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9 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Glasgow
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Amsterdam, Holland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect Edinburgh to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King's College Chapel, then get your bearings at North East Falconry Centre, and finally hike along Old Deeside Railway Line.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Aberdeen online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Aberdeen are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Dunnottar Castle
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Old Deeside Railway Line ©
Old Deeside Railway Line
King's College Chapel ©
King's College Chapel

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rogie Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the historical opulence of Fort George, and finally take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rogie Falls, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Dornoch Cathedral, Aigas Field Centre, Culloden Battlefield
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral

2
nights
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 15th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, get outside with Skye Adventure, view the masterpieces at Uig Pottery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), and finally learn more about the world around you at Staffin Fossil Museum. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at A.C.E Target Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, and then take in the dramatic scenery at RHA Waterfall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports

1
day
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see The Glasgow School of Art, get a taste of the local shopping with House for an Art Lover, then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glasgow trip builder tool .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Glasgow in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Glasgow School of Art ©
The Glasgow School of Art
The Mackintosh House ©
The Mackintosh House
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©

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