17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

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17 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Dundee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
6
Inverness
— 3 nights
7
Glasgow
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Holyrood Park and Rosslyn Chapel. Explore hidden gems such as Holyrood Abbey and Dean Village. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of Grassmarket, and don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

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Seattle, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in September; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 62°F and lows reach 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Holyrood Park ©
Holyrood Park

2
nights
Dundee

Dundee ©
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Verdant Works, then look for all kinds of wild species at Camperdown Wildlife Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Arbroath Abbey. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Dundee Contemporary Arts, get engrossed in the history at Discovery Point, then examine the collection at HMS Unicorn, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dundee day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Dundee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dundee are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Dundee

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Arbroath Abbey
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Verdant Works ©
Verdant Works
Discovery Point ©
Discovery Point
Arbroath Abbey ©
Arbroath Abbey

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 7th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then cruise along Morar Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip planner.

You can drive from Dundee to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Morar Beach
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

2
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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 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), then explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach and then stroll through Neist Point.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

1
day
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Orkney Wireless Museum, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Rennibister Earth House, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and finally delve into the distant past at Grain Earth House.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kirkwall trip builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Kirkwall in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Skara Brae
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Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort George and Inverness Castle Viewpoint. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: explore the activities along River Ness, witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner .

Fly from Kirkwall to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Inverness, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
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Fort George
Fort George
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
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Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 15th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, take an in-depth tour of Hunterian Museum, steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House, then get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, and finally steep yourself in history at Glasgow Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, step into the grandiose world of Dumbarton Castle, then get answers to all your questions at Denny Tank Museum, then delve into the distant past at Antonine Wall Bearsden Bath House, and finally examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glasgow trip planner .

Drive from Inverness to Glasgow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dumbarton, Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, Antonine Wall Bearsden Bath House
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The Tenement House ©
The Tenement House
Dumbarton Castle ©
Dumbarton Castle
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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