11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
5
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: London

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 7th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Skara Brae.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kirkwall sightseeing planner .

London to Kirkwall is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Kirkwall at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe

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Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), then pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, then step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, and finally step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary website .

Getting from Kirkwall to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Inverness sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

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night
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William holiday planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

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nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Greyfriars Kirk. Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Talisker Beach and A.C.E Target Sports. Explore hidden gems such as Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Dun Beag Broch. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columba's Isle, and look for gifts at The Isle of Skye Soap Company.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Isle of Skye online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle

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