12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Morar Beach (in Morar). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Fort William is an approximately 14-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Fort William, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Ratagan to Glenelg, Morar Beach, Camusdarach Beach
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). Next up on the itinerary: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct, get your game on at Wildwoodz, and explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Inverness trip builder .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Inverness are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Munlochy, Culloden Battlefield, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Cairngorms National Park, Clava Cairns
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Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
On the 24th (Wed), get great views at Duncansby Head, then experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, then take a tour of Caithness Seacoast Ltd, and finally take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, then take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Seadrift Visitor Centre.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wick trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Inverness in June, expect nights in Wick to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Wick

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thurso, John O'Groats, Seadrift Visitor Centre
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Caithness Seacoast Ltd ©
Caithness Seacoast Ltd

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip builder site .

Drive from Wick to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Wick, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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