25 days in Scotland Itinerary

25 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Anstruther
— 1 night
Drive
3
St. Andrews
Drive
4
Stonehaven
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ballater
Drive
6
Elgin
— 1 night
Drive
7
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Plockton
— 1 night
Drive
9
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Oban
Drive
12
Balloch
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Stirling
Drive
14
Linlithgow
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Anstruther.
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Anstruther — 1 night

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Anstruther visit planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Anstruther by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You'll set off for St. Andrews on the 13th (Sat).
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St. Andrews

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Artery St Andrews and then pause for some photo ops at Hamish McHamish Statue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the St. Andrews trip builder.

St. Andrews is just a stone's throw from Anstruther. In May in St. Andrews, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stonehaven.
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Stonehaven — 1 night

Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Stonehaven road trip app.

Getting from St. Andrews to Stonehaven by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Stonehaven sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Ballater.
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Ballater

Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Planning Ballater trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Stonehaven to Ballater takes 1.5 hours. May in Ballater sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. You will leave for Elgin on the 14th (Sun).
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Elgin — 1 night

Elgin is a former cathedral city and Royal Burgh in Moray, Scotland. To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Elgin online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ballater to Elgin in 2 hours. In May in Elgin, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.
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Inverness — 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inverness trip maker tool.

You can drive from Elgin to Inverness in an hour. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll set off for Plockton on the 18th (Thu).
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Plockton — 1 night

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Plockton online trip maker.

Drive from Inverness to Plockton in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Plockton can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye — 4 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Isle of Skye is known for nature, historic sites, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, take in the views from Sligachan Old Bridge, and admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plockton to Isle of Skye takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Fort William.
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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. To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William day trip planning website.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oban.
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Oban

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oban visit app.

Drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Oban, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for Balloch on the 25th (Thu).
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Balloch — 2 nights

On the 25th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Denny Tank Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Balloch Castle Country Park, then admire the landmark architecture of The Hill House, then admire the landmark architecture of Luss Parish Church, and finally head outdoors with Conic Hill.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Balloch trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Oban to Balloch takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stirling.
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Stirling

Stirling is a city in central Scotland. To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Stirling attractions app.

Traveling by car from Balloch to Stirling takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Stirling are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Linlithgow on the 27th (Sat).
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Linlithgow — 1 night

Linlithgow is a royal burgh in West Lothian, Scotland. To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Linlithgow journey planner.

Linlithgow is just a stone's throw from Stirling. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 3 nights

Athens of the North

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online road trip planner.

You can drive from Linlithgow to Edinburgh in an hour. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.
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Fife travel guide

4.2
Golf Courses · Castles · Aquariums
Fife boasts one of the best public transportation systems in the country, so getting in and around the region is quick and easy. Most visitors to the so-called Kingdom of Fife find themselves inescapably drawn to St Andrews, home to a world-famous golf course and Scotland’s oldest university, established in 1410. Despite the county’s reputation for being little more than the southern commuter belt to Edinburgh and the town of St Andrews, its people are very proud of their colorful past. As the birthplace of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, the area has a history steeped in economic achievement. An atmosphere of distinctness from the rest of Scotland gives this area an old-world charm, enforced by the multitude of quaint fishing villages dotting the countryside.
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