16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oban
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to The Royal Mile, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Stills Gallery, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh sightseeing website.

Cleveland, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cleveland in July: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre, and then contemplate the long history of The Scottish Crannog Centre. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Ruthven Barracks.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry online tour planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nairn Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip maker.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Inverness, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, then get engrossed in the history at Skye Museum of Island Life, and then take in the exciting artwork at Trotternish Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, explore the historical opulence of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Giant Angus MacAskill Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Inverness, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Isle of Skye, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Fort William

— 2 nights
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. On the 24th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle, see the interesting displays at Treasures of the Earth, then make a trip to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery, and finally appreciate the views at Glen Coe. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Oban

— 2 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with The Jetty Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, then sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, and finally learn about all things military at Oban War & Peace Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Kilchurn Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Conan’s Kirk, and then make a trip to McCaig's Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oban vacation planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Oban in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Oban can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral. The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and People's Palace and Winter Gardens will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Glasgow's surroundings by going to Stirling (Stirling Castle & Old Town Cemetery). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at City Chambers, stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House.

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

You can drive from Oban to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Oban in July, expect nights in Glasgow to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

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.