10 days in Scotland Itinerary

10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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10 days in Scotland Itinerary

Denver
Fly + bus:  17​h
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Denver

2
days
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. On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument and then appreciate the views at Glencoe.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fort William holiday planning site .

Denver, USA to Fort William is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Fort William. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Glencoe ©
Glencoe

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, explore the striking landscape at Quiraing (Hill Walk), then don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, and finally admire the sheer force of RHA Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of St. Columba's Isle, don't miss a visit to Dun Beag Broch, then take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye trip maker tool .

Getting from Fort William to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

1
day
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, contemplate the long history of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and finally contemplate the long history of Maeshowe.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Kirkwall in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

#Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Maeshowe, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm

3
days
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and don't miss a visit to Real Mary King's Close.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner .

Getting from Kirkwall to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

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Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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