17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Fort William
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grassmarket as well as Inchcolm Abbey and Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Greyfriars Kirkyard and Gladstone's Land. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aberdour Castle and Gardens and Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to The Royal Burgh of Culross in Culross--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, examine the collection at Museum on the Mound, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip website.

Toronto, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in May; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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2
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Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Durness Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Dun Dornaigil Broch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scourie Bay, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Stack, then take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, and finally don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. May in Durness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You've now added Inverness Botanic Gardens to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, snap pictures at Greig Street Bridge, stroll around Ness Islands, then take in nature's colorful creations at Inverness Botanic Gardens, and finally examine the collection at ShipSpace. Keep things going the next day: stop by Highland House of Fraser, browse the exhibits of Castle Gallery, then take in the views from Culloden Viaduct, then make a trip to Inverness Railway Station, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Durness to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duntulm Castle and Dun Beag Broch. Do some cultural sightseeing at Giant Angus MacAskill Museum and Staffin Fossil Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin, get your game on at A.C.E Target Sports, kick back and relax at Talisker Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Trotternish Ridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip builder app.

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Isle of Skye

On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Portree Parish Church, then identify plant and animal life at Loch Coruisk, and then view the masterpieces at JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter).

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Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Jacobite Steam Train as well as Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 17th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Signal Rock and An Torr, take a memorable tour with Jacobite Steam Train, then pause for some serene contemplation at MacIntosh Parish Church, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Mountain, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Buachaille Etive Mor.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William route maker app.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.