11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, admire the landmark architecture of Greyfriars Kirk, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

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

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In April, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Philadelphia - with highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

2
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

2
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, then explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, and then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Portree Harbour, experience rural life at The Oyster Shed, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

2
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, then take in the dramatic scenery at Flowerdale Waterfall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lael Forest Walks, then identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree, and finally stop by Treasure Chest.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gairloch day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Gairloch takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ullapool
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Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Flowerdale Waterfall ©
Flowerdale Waterfall

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 14th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and finally take in the history at Culloden Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort George and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Gairloch to Inverness in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aviemore, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield
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Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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