10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Inverness
— 2 nights
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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
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Lerwick, Mainland
— 2 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
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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 10th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Isle Brewery, and then take an in-depth tour of Abertarff House. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), take an in-depth tour of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral, and finally stroll around Ness Islands.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

Bristol to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Inverness are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aberdeen.
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Aberdeen — 2 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Nine Stanes Stone Circle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum, visit Old Aberdeen, engage your brain at Aberdeen Science Centre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dunnottar Woods, and finally steep yourself in history at Stonehaven Clock Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen day trip app.

Getting from Inverness to Aberdeen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Aberdeen can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Lerwick.
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Lerwick, Mainland — 2 nights

Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland centred 123mi off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shetland Museum and Archives and Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Scalloway Castle and Stanydale Temple. Go for a jaunt from Lerwick to Sumburgh to see Old Scatness about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Croft House Museum, kick back and relax at Spiggie Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Northern Lights Holistic Spa, and contemplate the long history of Bod of Gremista.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lerwick route planner.

Drive from Aberdeen to Lerwick in 12.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Kirkwall.
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Kirkwall, Mainland — 2 nights

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Highland Park Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Orkney Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Smiddy Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The Pickaquoy Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Corrigall Farm Museum, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, then get to know the fascinating history of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, and finally explore the ancient world of Grain Earth House.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Lerwick to Kirkwall takes 8.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to 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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Shetland Islands travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Ruins · Lighthouses