22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wick
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Glasgow
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Inverness — 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Ness, and look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary tool.

Manchester to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Manchester in October since evenings lows in Inverness dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wick.
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Wick — 2 nights

Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, then take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, and then make a trip to Whaligoe Steps. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Wolfburn Distillery, and finally experience rural life at Geise Farm Activities.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wick tour planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Wick are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Kyle of Lochalsh side-trips: Ratagan Pass Viewpoint (in Ratagan), Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyle of Lochalsh tour app.

You can drive from Wick to Kyle of Lochalsh in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. And it doesn't end there: trek along Lost Valley Trail, explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fort William online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.
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Glasgow — 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Step out of Glasgow with an excursion to Stirling Distillery in Stirling--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, join the crowd at Glasgow Tigers Speedway, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and walk around Pollok Country Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train 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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