9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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9 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Thessaloniki
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Pitlochry
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Thessaloniki

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning site .

Thessaloniki, Greece to Edinburgh is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, expect Edinburgh to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Inchcolm Abbey and Island ©
Inchcolm Abbey and Island

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 14th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and finally delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kirkwall sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 15th (Tue), play a few rounds at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, stroll through Nairn Beach, contemplate the long history of Fort George, then get answers to all your questions at Culloden Battlefield, and finally explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness online route planner .

You can fly from Kirkwall to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Inverness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Fort George
Fort George

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip site .

Drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

1
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 17th (Thu): appreciate the views at Glen Coe, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip planner .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glen Coe
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Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

1
night
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ossian's Hall, get to know the fascinating history of The Hermitage, explore the historical opulence of Castle Menzies, then trek along Black Spout Wood, then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Vrackie, and finally examine the collection at Atholl Country Life Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pitlochry trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Pitlochry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ossian's Hall, Castle Menzies
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Black Spout Wood ©
Black Spout Wood
Castle Menzies ©
Castle Menzies
Ossian's Hall ©
Ossian's Hall

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh route maker site .

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Nature Tours
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Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
Photography Tours

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