18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aviemore
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris
— 1 night
Drive to Stornoway Airport, Fly to Glasgow
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Glasgow
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Edinburgh Gin Distillery. Take a break from the city and head to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh itinerary maker app.

Portland, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Portland to Edinburgh. December in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Aviemore

— 3 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Loch Morlich and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Rothiemurchus and Cairngorm Mountain. The adventure continues: walk around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aviemore trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Aviemore are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Fort William

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sat): stroll through Highland Titles Nature Reserve and then appreciate the views at Glen Coe. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then get a dose of the wild on Wilderness Guides Day Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Isle of Skye

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Explore hidden gems such as Eilean Donan Castle and The Old Man of Storr. Get outdoors at Neist Point and Portree Harbour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing and take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isle of Harris.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris

— 1 night
Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. On the 15th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarista Beach and then kick back and relax at Luskentyre Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Harris trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Isle of Harris are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Harris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Glasgow

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Explore hidden gems such as The Mackintosh House and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Glenturret Distillery and The Tenement House. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, wander the streets of Buchanan Street, and admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

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Explore your travel options from Isle of Harris to Glasgow with the Route module. In December in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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.