16 days in Scotland & Iceland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland & Iceland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  16​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Foyers, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Glencoe Village, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Lochinver, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
7
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Thu), examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, pause for some serene contemplation at Pilrig St. Paul's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Stills Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh attractions planner .

Mumbai, India to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in October, expect Edinburgh to be much colder, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

3
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Visiting Glenmore Forest Park and Aviemore Ospreys will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Old Packhorse Bridge and Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park, identify plant and animal life at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, get outside with Thunder in the glens, and admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

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

Drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Aviemore sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Foyers.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

RSPB - Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park
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Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes

1
night
Foyers, United Kingdom

Foyers ©
On the 8th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Farigaig Forest, then cruise along General Wade’s Military Roads, then explore the activities along River Foyers, and finally hike along Hillside Path.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Foyers trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Aviemore to Foyers in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Foyers are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Foyers

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Farigaig Forest, General Wade’s Military Roads
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Farigaig Forest ©
Farigaig Forest
General Wade’s Military Roads ©
General Wade’s Military Roads
River Foyers ©
River Foyers

2
nights
Glencoe Village, United Kingdom

Glencoe Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hike along Glencoe Lochan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Valley Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, then delve into the lush surroundings at Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, then explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Glencoe Village day trip website .

Traveling by car from Foyers to Glencoe Village takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Glencoe, Buachaille Etive Mor, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
Gairloch, United Kingdom

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 11th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Flowerdale Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, and finally hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, then head outdoors with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, and finally admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gairloch holiday planner.

You can drive from Glencoe Village to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gairloch are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
Lochinver, United Kingdom

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at Culag Woods, contemplate the waterfront views at Achmelvich Bay, then admire the landmark architecture of Hermit's Castle, then admire the sheer force of Falls of Kirkaig, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle, identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, then hike along Ullapool Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lael Forest Walks, and finally identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Lochinver takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, Assynt, Falls of Kirkaig
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Culag Woods ©
Culag Woods
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Ullapool Hill ©
Ullapool Hill

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Lochinver to Reykjavik with the Route module. In October, Reykjavik is a bit cooler than Lochinver - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

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