8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

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8 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
1
Fort William
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fort William trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Edmonton to Fort William, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glenfinnan
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, and finally steep yourself in history at Rennibister Earth House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Orkney Wine Company, get to know the fascinating history of The Viking Centre, then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, then explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fort William to Kirkwall in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Barony Mill, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness

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nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Old Town and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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