16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  5 h
1
Glasgow
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
2
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Thurso
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Inverness
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Pitlochry
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Luss
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Glasgow
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Berlin

1
day
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 7th (Sat), take a stroll through Glasgow West End, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, then walk around Pollok Country Park, and finally wander the streets of Merchant City.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Glasgow trip itinerary builder.

Berlin, Germany to Glasgow is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Pollok Country Park ©
Pollok Country Park
Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
Merchant City ©
Merchant City

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 8th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©

1
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Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
On the 9th (Mon), look for gifts at iiMusic, examine the collection at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Aberdeen can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums Shopping
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Aberdeen Maritime Museum ©
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery ©
Aberdeen Art Gallery

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Scapa Flow, then get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, then explore the ancient world of Tomb of the Eagles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, then stroll through Brough Of Birsay, and then get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kirkwall tour planning website.

You can fly from Aberdeen to Kirkwall in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Broch of Gurness, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Tomb of the Eagles, Ring of Brodgar
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Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm

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Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 12th (Thu), head outdoors with Hoxa Head.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Thurso trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Kirkwall to Thurso in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Thurso

Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoxa Head
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Hoxa Head ©
Hoxa Head

2
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Take a break from the city and head to Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery, and tee off at Gairloch Golf Club.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Thurso to Gairloch by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Kinlochewe
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Gairloch Museum ©
Gairloch Museum

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night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and then get engrossed in the history at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inverness visit planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Inverness in 2 hours. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nairn Beach
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery ©
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

2
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Heathergems, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, then contemplate the long history of The Scottish Crannog Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Menzies, and finally look for gifts at Pitlochry Station Bookshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve, play a few rounds at Pitlochry Golf Club, and then look for gifts at Honest Thistle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pitlochry trip planner.

Take a train from Inverness to Pitlochry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Luss.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
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The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Castle Menzies ©
Castle Menzies
Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery ©
Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

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night
Luss

Luss ©
Luss is a village in Argyll & Bute, Scotland, on the west bank of Loch Lomond. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Inverbeg Galleries and then tee off at The Carrick Golf Club & Spa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luss road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Luss takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Luss are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Luss

Outdoors Golf Shopping

Side Trip

The Carrick Golf Club & Spa
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Inverbeg Galleries ©
Inverbeg Galleries

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Doune Castle and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Glasgow Cathedral and Stirling Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Dumfries House (in New Cumnock), Heads of Ayr Farm Park (in Ayr) and Royal Troon Golf Club (in Troon). See some other sides of Glasgow: stroll around Kelvingrove Park and look for gifts at Glickman's Sweetie Shop.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow route planner.

You can drive from Luss to Glasgow in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Stirling, Dumfries House, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Royal Troon Golf Club
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Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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