8 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Fort William
Fort William
— 1 night
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
— 3 nights


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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, and then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fort William road trip planning tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Fort William. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kirkwall.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, and finally contemplate the long history of Rennibister Earth House. Keep things going the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Orkney Wine Company, contemplate the long history of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kirkwall online trip maker.

You can fly from Fort William to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping · Museums
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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 National Museum of Scotland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rosslyn Chapel and Edinburgh Old Town. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh journey maker website.

Fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In April, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.