11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly + bus + train:  3​h 30​min
Aviemore
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Fort William
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
San Antonio

3
days
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Rosslyn Chapel and The Royal Mile are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

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San Antonio, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Antonio to Edinburgh. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in September; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 62°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

1
day
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 17th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and then contemplate the long history of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

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Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Kirkwall takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
days
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
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 witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and then explore the historical opulence of Fort George. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Kirkwall to Aviemore in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Highland Folk Museum, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Fort George
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

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 21st (Thu), make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, and then admire the verdant scenery at Glencoe.

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Traveling by car from Aviemore to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glencoe, Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

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