23 days in Scotland

23 days in Scotland

Jul 3, 2020  -  Jul 25, 2020
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Livingston
— 2 nights
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St. Andrews
— 1 night
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Aberdeen
— 6 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Falkirk
— 1 night
Drive
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Livingston
— 3 nights
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Livingston

— 2 nights
Livingston is the largest town in West Lothian, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Blackness Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Linlithgow Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Livingston travel planner.

Washington DC, USA to Livingston is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Livingston. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Livingston hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Livingston

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

St. Andrews

— 1 night
You've now added Edzell Castle and Garden to your itinerary. On the 6th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of St Andrews Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the St. Andrews trip planner.

Traveling by car from Livingston to St. Andrews takes 1.5 hours. In July in St. Andrews, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Aberdeen

— 6 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Slains Castle, Auchindoun Castle, Corgarff Castle, and other attractions. Popular historic sites such as Balmoral Castle and Castle Fraser Garden & Estate are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aberdeen: Crathes Castle (in Banchory), Fyvie Castle (in Fyvie) and Huntly Castle (in Huntly). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Craigievar Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aberdeen trip planner.

Getting from St. Andrews to Aberdeen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Loch Ness by Jacobite, Spynie Palace, Duffus Castle Gallery, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Urquhart Castle and Cawdor Castle are in your itinerary. Step out of Inverness with an excursion to Dunrobin Castle and Gardens in Golspie--about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield and explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle.

Plan a Inverness trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Fort William

— 2 nights
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've added Old Inverlochy Castle, Castle Stalker, Kilchurn Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Inveraray Castle, step into the grandiose world of Kilchurn Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Stalker, and finally explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip planner.

Drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Dunscaith Castle has been added to your itinerary.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Isle of Skye online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Falkirk.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Falkirk

— 1 night
Falkirk is a large town in the Central Lowlands of Scotland, historically within the county of Stirlingshire. Your day by day itinerary now includes Castle Campbell, Caerlaverock Castle and Threave Castle. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castle Campbell and then explore the historical opulence of Clackmannan Tower. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Threave Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Caerlaverock Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Falkirk online vacation planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Falkirk by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Falkirk sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Livingston.

Things to do in Falkirk

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Livingston

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bothwell Castle as well as Craigmillar Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Livingston day trip app.

Drive from Falkirk to Livingston in an hour. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Livingston

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.