18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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18 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  6​h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Dumfries
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Glasgow
— 2 nights
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fraserburgh
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h
7
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Dean Village and Holyrood Abbey. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Roslin to see Rosslyn Chapel about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh holiday planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Edinburgh is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in July, with highs in Edinburgh at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dumfries.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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Dumfries

Dumfries ©
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's and South Parish Church, examine the collection at Robert Burns Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Crichton Memorial Church, explore the ancient world of Sweetheart Abbey, then steep yourself in history at New Abbey Corn Mill, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Bridge House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at River Nith, contemplate the long history of Robert Burns House, then explore the ancient world of Morton Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Douglas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dundrennan Abbey.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dumfries visit planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dumfries by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, Dumfries is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dumfries

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

New Abbey, Dundrennan Abbey, Castle Douglas
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St Michael's and South Parish Church ©
Dundrennan Abbey ©
Dundrennan Abbey
Castle Douglas ©
Castle Douglas

2
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Dumbarton Castle, steep yourself in history at Inchmahome Priory, then snap pictures at Stirling Bridge, then contemplate the long history of The Old Town Jail, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Rude. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, steep yourself in history at Provand's Lordship, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, then take in the exciting artwork at Hunterian Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow day trip site .

Traveling by car from Dumfries to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dumfries in July, Glasgow is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Stirling, Dumbarton Castle, Inchmahome Priory
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Dumbarton Castle ©
Dumbarton Castle
The Tenement House ©
The Tenement House
The Old Town Jail ©
The Old Town Jail

2
nights
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. On the 26th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle, then make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally get outside with Morar Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Commando Monument, Morar Beach, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Inverness Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Fort George, take in the views from Culloden Viaduct, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, take in the exciting artwork at Scottish Flair Art Gallery, take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Inverness Castle Viewpoint, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inverness road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraserburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
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Fort George
Fort George
Inverness Cathedral ©
Inverness Cathedral
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

1
night
Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh ©
Fraserburgh is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with a population recorded in the 2001 Census at 12,454 and estimated at 12,630 in 2006. On the 30th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Pitsligo Castle, enjoy the sea views from Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, and then take an in-depth tour of Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraserburgh day trip planning website .

Getting from Inverness to Fraserburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fraserburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Fraserburgh

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses ©
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre ©
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre
Pitsligo Castle ©
Pitsligo Castle

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bishop & Earls Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, then take an in-depth tour of The Orkney Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Skara Brae. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, step off the mainland to explore Brough Of Birsay, view the masterpieces at Pier Arts Centre, then explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Rennibister Earth House.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kirkwall travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraserburgh to Kirkwall. In July in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Brough Of Birsay, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Broch of Gurness
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Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

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nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
Blackness Castle and Greyfriars Kirk will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Craigmillar Castle and Linlithgow Palace. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Dirleton Castle in Dirleton, approximately 48 minutes away. Enjoy Edinburgh some more: take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, shop like a local with Jupiter Artland, explore the different monuments and memorials at St Fillans Church, and steep yourself in history at Hopetoun House.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh driving holiday planner .

Fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dirleton Castle, Linlithgow Palace, St Fillans Church
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Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle
Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace
Surgeons' Hall Museums ©
Surgeons' Hall Museums

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