11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland vacation planner

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Glasgow
— 1 night
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Falkirk
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Bo'ness
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crieff
— 1 day
Drive
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Inverness
— 1 night
Drive
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Isle of Skye
Drive
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Fort William
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenfinnan
Drive
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Oban
Drive
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Tarbert
— 1 night
Drive
12
Port Ellen, Islay
— 1 day
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Tarbert
— 1 night
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Glasgow

— 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 11th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of People's Palace and Winter Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and then admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip builder tool.

Denver, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Glasgow. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in December since evenings lows in Glasgow dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Falkirk.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Falkirk

Falkirk is a large town in the Central Lowlands of Scotland, historically within the county of Stirlingshire. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Falkirk Wheel.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Falkirk trip planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Falkirk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Falkirk can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bo'ness.
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Bo'ness

Borrowstounness is a coastal parish in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Bo'ness Motor Museum and then snap pictures at Forth Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bo'ness trip itinerary builder website.

Bo'ness is just a short distance from Falkirk. In December, daily temperatures in Bo'ness can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Bo'ness

Museums

Side Trip

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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Bo'ness to Edinburgh takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Crieff.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Tours
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Crieff

— 1 day
Crieff is a market town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at The Glenturret Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Crieff online trip planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Crieff in 1.5 hours. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Crieff

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
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Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Crieff to Inverness in 2.5 hours. December in Inverness sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping
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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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye travel itinerary planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks
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Fort William

— 1 night
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 16th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Glenfinnan.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks
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Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. On the 16th (Thu), take in the views from Glenfinnan Viaduct.

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Glenfinnan is just a short distance from Fort William. December in Glenfinnan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Glenfinnan

Historic Sites
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Oban

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Oban day trip planning site.

Drive from Glenfinnan to Oban in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Tarbert.

Things to do in Oban

Breweries & Distilleries
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Tarbert

— 1 night
For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tarbert online tour planner.

You can drive from Oban to Tarbert in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Port Ellen on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Tarbert

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Port Ellen, Islay

— 1 day
Port Ellen is a small town on the island of Islay, in Argyll, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Lagavulin Distillery and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Laphroaig Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Ellen itinerary planner.

Getting from Tarbert to Port Ellen by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tarbert.

Things to do in Port Ellen

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
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Tarbert

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): play a few rounds at Tarbert Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Shell Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarbert trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Ellen to Tarbert in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Tarbert

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): deepen your understanding at University of Glasgow, see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then stroll around Kelvingrove Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tarbert to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.