28 days in Scotland Itinerary

28 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland holiday planner
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Stonehaven
— 1 night
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
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Stornoway, Lewis and Harris
— 4 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
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Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 1 night
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Glenfinnan
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Georgian House. Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, ponder the world of politics at The Scottish Parliament, don't miss a visit to Greyfriars Kirk, and steep yourself in history at Dean Village.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Edinburgh to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Stonehaven.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Stonehaven — 1 night

Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On the 6th (Wed), look for gifts at E Giulianotti, get to know the fascinating history of Dunnottar Woods, explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle, then examine the collection at Tolbooth Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Stonehaven Tollbooth Musuem.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Stonehaven road trip planning tool.

Drive from Edinburgh to Stonehaven in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Stonehaven sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kirkwall.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Kirkwall, Mainland — 3 nights

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Step off the beaten path and head to Skara Brae and Saint Magnus Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. Go for a jaunt from Kirkwall to South Ronaldsay to see Tomb of the Eagles about 3h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Highland Park Distillery, delve into the distant past at Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn, do a tasting at Orkney Wine Company, and explore the galleries of Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kirkwall trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Stonehaven to Kirkwall takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, ferry, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stornoway.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Stornoway, Lewis and Harris — 4 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Calanais Standing Stones and Gearannan Blackhouse Village. Get some historical perspective at The Blackhouse and Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House. Explore Stornoway's surroundings by going to Carloway (Blue Pig Studio & Leathad Ard Garden Visits), Isle of Harris (Luskentyre Beach & Huisinis Beach) and Hebscape Gallery (in Ardhasaig).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Stornoway trip maker tool.

Travel from Kirkwall to Stornoway in 9 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isle of Skye.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Isle of Skye — 4 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Dunscaith Castle and Dun Beag Broch will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neist Point and The Old Man of Storr. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, play a few rounds at Isle of skye golf club, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Praban na Linne - The Gaelic Whiskies.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Isle of Skye online holiday builder.

Traveling by journey from Stornoway to Isle of Skye takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rothesay.
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Rothesay, Isle of Bute — 1 night

The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Bute Military Museum, contemplate the long history of Rothesay's Victorian Toilets, pause for some serene contemplation at St Blane's Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Mount Stuart, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden, and finally delve into the distant past at St Michaels Chapel Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Bute Museum, explore the historical opulence of Rothesay Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bute Brew Co., and finally hike along The West Island Way.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rothesay trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by journey from Isle of Skye to Rothesay takes 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rothesay can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenfinnan.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Glenfinnan — 3 nights

Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument. Explore hidden gems such as Castle Tioram and Land Sea and Islands Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenfinnan: Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse (in Kilchoan), Ardnamurchan Distillery (in Glenbeg) and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Camas nan Geall, enjoy the sand and surf at Samalaman Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maelrubha's Chapel.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Glenfinnan trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rothesay to Glenfinnan in 4 hours. September in Glenfinnan sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Inverness — 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Culloden Battlefield and Dornoch Beach. Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Ardverikie Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenfarclas Distillery (in Ballindalloch), East Church (in Cromarty) and Glenfiddich Distillery (in Dufftown). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fort George, kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Nigg Old Church, and sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop.

Find out how to plan Inverness trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Glenfinnan to Inverness in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Wed).
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:

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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