16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Bus:  6 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
Bus + Fly:  6 h
End: Zurich

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 7th (Sat): wander the streets of 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.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow tour planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Glasgow is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Glasgow. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zurich in May: highs in Glasgow hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, then 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.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner.

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

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by iiMusic, see the interesting displays at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Plan my day in Aberdeen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to 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): explore the activities along Scapa Flow, then take an in-depth tour of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, then delve into the distant past at 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 distant past at Ring of Brodgar, head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, and then get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkwall tour planning site.

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, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Brough Of Birsay, Broch of Gurness, Tomb of the Eagles
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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

1
night
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.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Thurso vacation app.

Traveling by car from Kirkwall to Thurso takes 3 hours. In May in Thurso, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Get in touch with nature at Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gairloch Museum, tee off at Gairloch Golf Club, and don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gairloch trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Thurso to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors Parks Trails

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

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 15th (Sun), stroll through Nairn Beach, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and then take an in-depth tour of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Inverness takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Museums Outdoors

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. On the 16th (Mon), stop by Heathergems, sample the fine beverages at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, 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, then play a few rounds at Pitlochry Golf Club, and then look for gifts at Honest Thistle.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pitlochry day trip tool.

You can take a train from Inverness to Pitlochry in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Luss.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Shopping Golf 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

1
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): explore the galleries of Inverbeg Galleries and then play a few rounds at The Carrick Golf Club & Spa.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luss attractions planner.

You can drive from Pitlochry to Luss in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Luss are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Luss

Golf Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The Carrick Golf Club & Spa
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Inverbeg Galleries ©
Inverbeg Galleries

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
For shopping fun, head to The Good Spirits Co. or Glickman's Sweetie Shop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Doune Castle and Glasgow Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Dumfries House (in New Cumnock), Royal Troon Golf Club (in Troon) and Heads of Ayr Farm Park (in Ayr). Explore Glasgow further: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, look for gifts at Slater Menswear, and stroll around Kelvingrove Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glasgow trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Luss to Glasgow takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Golf Shopping

Side Trips

Stirling, Dumfries House, Royal Troon Golf Club, Heads of Ayr Farm Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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