11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Aviemore
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Aviemore
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Fort William
— 1 night
Bus to Glasgow, Fly to San Antonio

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Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Real Mary King's Close. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

San Antonio, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Antonio to Edinburgh, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in September, with highs in Edinburgh at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Kirkwall, Mainland

— 1 night
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

Plan trip to Kirkwall with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Aviemore

— 3 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 19th (Tue), explore the activities along Loch an Eilein, then make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, and then steep yourself in history at Fort George. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then walk around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aviemore tour builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kirkwall to Aviemore in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train. In September, daytime highs in Aviemore are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

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. On the 21st (Thu), make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, and then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Aviemore to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

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.