18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Stirling
— 2 nights
Drive
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Callander
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 1 night
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killin
— 4 nights
Drive

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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Craigmillar Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dean Village and Greyfriars Kirkyard. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Holyrood Abbey and step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel planning website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Stirling

— 2 nights
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. On the 25th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Town Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Doune Castle, then stroll through Argaty Red Kites, and then stroll around Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Stirling trip website.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Stirling takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Callander.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Callander

— 1 night
Callander is a small town in the council area of Stirling, Scotland, situated on the River Teith. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): hike along Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags, then take in the dramatic natural features at Samson's Putting Stone, and then look for gifts at Scottish Real Ale Shop.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Callander holiday maker tool.

Callander is just a short distance from Stirling. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Callander

Parks · Nature · Trails · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:
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Fort William

— 1 night
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 see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Fort William day trip website.

Drive from Callander to Fort William in 2 hours. You'll set off for Isle of Skye on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours -Tours and then stroll through Loch Coruisk. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Talisker Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, and then delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inverness trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Aberdeen

— 2 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Dunnottar Woods and then examine the collection at Tolbooth Museum. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Teasel & Tweed, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blairs Museum, then trek along Old Deeside Railway Line, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Aberdeen Harbour Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aberdeen online visit planner.

Drive from Inverness to Aberdeen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killin.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Killin

— 4 nights
Killin is a village situated at the western head of Loch Tay in Stirling (formerly Perthshire), Scotland.The west end of the village is magnificently sited around the scenic Falls of Dochart, the main street leading down towards the Loch at the confluence of the rivers Dochart and Lochay. Take a break from the city and head to Falls of Dochart and Killin and Loch Tay Walks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Balquhidder Church Ruins and Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killin: Fortingall (Fortingall Parish Church & Fortingall Yew). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Ogle, delve into the lush surroundings at Acharn Forest Walk, take a memorable drive along Glen Lyon, and step into the grandiose world of Finlarig Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Killin tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Killin takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Killin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

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.