20 days in Scotland Itinerary

20 days in Scotland Itinerary

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20 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Inveraray
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ayr
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Dundee
— 3 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
day
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 16th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Bishop & Earls Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall trip itinerary builder app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kirkwall is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Kirkwall is 3 hours. In September, Kirkwall is colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Popular historic sites such as Fort George and Culloden Battlefield are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to St Regulus (in Cromarty), Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle, and delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inverness day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kirkwall to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Regulus, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Culloden Battlefield
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Fort George
Fort George
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, then explore the striking landscape at Quiraing (Hill Walk), then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and finally admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Portree Harbour, explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, and then don't miss a visit to Dun Beag Broch.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Fort Augustus. Get outdoors at Steall Waterfall and Ben Nevis. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain (in Fort Augustus) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Glencoe, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, and examine the collection at West Highland Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fort William sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inveraray.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
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Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

1
night
Inveraray

Inveraray ©
Inveraray; is a town in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Inveraray Jail, then explore the historical opulence of Inveraray Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Strachur Smiddy Museum and Craft Shop, and finally contemplate the long history of Auchindrain Township.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Inveraray route planning website .

You can drive from Fort William to Inveraray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Inveraray are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Ayr.

Things to do in Inveraray

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Strachur Smiddy Museum and Craft Shop
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle
Auchindrain Township ©
Auchindrain Township

1
night
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a large town and former Royal Burgh on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Heads of Ayr Farm Park, and then steep yourself in history at Culzean Castle and Country Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ayr trip tool .

You can drive from Inveraray to Ayr in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Ayr can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ©
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Heads of Ayr Farm Park ©
Heads of Ayr Farm Park

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Holyrood Park and Rosslyn Chapel. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Scotland and The Real Mary King's Close. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip app .

Traveling by car from Ayr to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Dundee.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Holyrood Park ©
Holyrood Park

3
nights
Dundee

Dundee ©
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Verdant Works and Scone Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Black Watch Castle & Museum and St Andrews Links. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dundee: Tibbermore Parish Church (in Perth), Dunkeld Cathedral (in Dunkeld) and St. Andrews (St Andrews Cathedral & Blackfriars Chapel). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle and take an in-depth tour of Discovery Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dundee online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Dundee in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dundee can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Perth, St. Andrews, Glamis Castle, Dunkeld Cathedral
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Glamis Castle ©
Glamis Castle
St Andrews Cathedral ©
St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links

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