6 days in Edinburgh & Isle of Skye Itinerary

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Edinburgh
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Isle of Skye
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh — 3 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, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh vacation planner.

Washington, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. While traveling from Washington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Isle of Skye — 1 night

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 12th (Sat): look for gifts at The Misty Bottle, view the masterpieces at Gallery An Talla Dearg, then explore the activities along Loch Coruisk, and finally make a trip to Cill Chriosd.

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You can drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Edinburgh in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 41°F in Isle of Skye. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 1 night

Athens of the North

On the 13th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Isle of Skye in November since evenings lows in Edinburgh dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Tours
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