12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 2 nights
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Dundee
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 1 night
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Pitlochry — 2 nights

Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre and then see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, and then immerse yourself in nature at Faskally Wood.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pitlochry road trip app.

Edmonton, Canada to Pitlochry is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Pitlochry, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 2 nights

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 18th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, and finally snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip planning app.

You can drive from Pitlochry to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye — 2 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, then do sightseeing your way with Calum's Seal Trips, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Quiraing, and then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock.

To find out how to plan a trip to Isle of Skye, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.
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Inverness — 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get a dose of the wild on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and then stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planning app.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Dundee.
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Dundee — 2 nights

Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Glamis Castle and then get engrossed in the history at Verdant Works. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Discovery Point, then steep yourself in history at Scone Palace, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Dundee trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to Dundee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Inverness in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Dundee. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 26th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Dundee to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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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.
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