8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fort William road trip planning tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Fort William. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to 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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, and finally contemplate the long history of Rennibister Earth House. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Orkney Wine Company, contemplate the long history of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kirkwall online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fort William to Kirkwall in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In April in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Barony Mill, Orkney Wine Company, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness ©
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Old Town. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh tour itinerary app.

Getting from Kirkwall to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can 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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