11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland Trip Planner
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— 3 nights
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Aviemore
— 3 nights
Fort William
— 1 night
Bus to Glasgow, Fly to San Antonio


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 St Giles' Cathedral. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh vacation site.

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. Traveling from San Antonio in September, expect Edinburgh to be cooler, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kirkwall.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kirkwall journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Aviemore.
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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. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kirkwall to Aviemore takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and train. September in Aviemore sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort William.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
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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), steep yourself in history at 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 explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glencoe National Nature Reserve.

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Drive from Aviemore to Fort William in 2 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.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.