23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

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23 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Livingston
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Andrews
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Aberdeen
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Falkirk
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Livingston
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Livingston

Livingston
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.

To see photos, other places to visit, 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. 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

Linlithgow, Stirling
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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace

1
night
St. Andrews

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

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, 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

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edzell Castle and Garden, Glamis Castle
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Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
St Andrews Castle ©
St Andrews Castle
Edzell Castle and Garden ©
Edzell Castle and Garden

6
nights
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
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 Crathes Castle are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aberdeen: Huntly Castle (in Huntly), Fyvie Castle (in Fyvie) and Castle Fraser Garden & Estate (in Sauchen). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Craigievar Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, 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 catch the train to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Alford, Banchory, Dufftown, Braemar Castle, Huntly Castle
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Balmoral Castle ©
Balmoral Castle
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spynie Palace, Duffus Castle, Loch Ness by Jacobite, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Urquhart Castle and Inverness Castle are in your itinerary. Step out of Inverness with an excursion to Dunrobin Castle and Gardens in Golspie--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield and admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by train from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Elgin, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield
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Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

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

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, 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

Strome Castle, Castle Stalker, Inveraray Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Old Inverlochy Castle ©
Old Inverlochy Castle
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

2
nights
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.
Dunscaith Castle has been added to your itinerary.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Isle of Skye online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 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
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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Dunscaith Castle ©
Dunscaith Castle

1
night
Falkirk

Falkirk ©
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 other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Falkirk online vacation planner .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Falkirk by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi 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

Threave Castle, Castle Campbell, Caerlaverock Castle, Clackmannan Tower
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Clackmannan Tower ©
Clackmannan Tower
Caerlaverock Castle ©
Caerlaverock Castle
Castle Campbell ©
Castle Campbell

3
nights
Livingston

Livingston ©
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.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, 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

Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, Bothwell Castle
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle

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