10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Fort William
Fort William
— 1 night
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Bus to Inverness, Fly to Kirkwall
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


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 22nd (Sat), snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument and then explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William travel app.

Denver, USA to Fort William is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Isle of Skye — 3 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Quiraing, then go for a walk through Fairy Glen, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at RHA Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Columba's Isle, then make a trip to Dun Beag Broch, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye road trip tool.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Kirkwall.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Kirkwall, Mainland — 2 nights

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, contemplate the long history of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, then steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, and finally contemplate the long history of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Kirkwall takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.
Historic Sites
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Edinburgh — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from Kirkwall to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Scotland travel guide

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.