11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Glasgow
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Glencoe Village
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
4
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Pitlochry
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. On the 23rd (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat. On the next day, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, make a trip to Alexander and Bucephalus, then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and finally get great views at Calton Hill.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder.

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect Edinburgh to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Museums Nature
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Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©

1
night
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip site .

Take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Glasgow are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Parks
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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow Botanic Gardens ©
Glasgow Botanic Gardens

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hours
Glencoe Village

Glencoe Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at The Glencoe Massacre Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe Village holiday planner.

Getting from Glasgow to Glencoe Village by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Glencoe Village are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glen Coe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
The Glencoe Massacre Monument ©
The Glencoe Massacre Monument

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eilean Donan Castle. On the 26th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fort William trip simple and quick.

Fort William is just a short distance from Glencoe Village. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
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Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 28th (Tue), learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, and finally explore the activities along River Ness.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planner.

Getting from Fort William to Inverness by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Inverness sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Distillery Tours
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
River Ness ©
River Ness

1
night
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blair Athol Distillery, stop by Queen's View Visitor Centre, then examine the collection at Atholl Country Life Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pitlochry day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Inverness to Pitlochry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites
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Edradour Distillery ©
Edradour Distillery
Queen's View Visitor Centre ©
Queen's View Visitor Centre
Blair Athol Distillery ©
Blair Athol Distillery

1
night
Edinburgh

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Duke of Buccleuch, and then appreciate the history behind Mercat Cross.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh day trip planning website .

Drive from Pitlochry to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Classes Tours
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Photography Tours
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Memorial Duke of Buccleuch ©
Memorial Duke of Buccleuch

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