5 days in Scotland Itinerary

5 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Georgian House are in your itinerary. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh online vacation builder.

San Francisco, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Edinburgh, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Edinburgh is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Inverness — 1 night

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

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Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks
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Scotland travel guide

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.