21 days in Scotland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
2
Stirling
— 2 nights
3
Glasgow
— 2 nights
4
Fort William
— 4 nights
5
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
6
Inverness
— 3 nights
7
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Craigmillar Castle. Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Jedburgh (Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, &more) and Blackness Castle (in Linlithgow). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, contemplate the long history of Dean Village, don't miss a visit to Advocate's Close, and take in the views from Forth Road Bridge.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh attractions planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In May, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Montreal - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jedburgh, Blackness Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
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Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Jedburgh Abbey ©
Jedburgh Abbey

2
nights
Stirling

Stirling ©
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Allan Park South Church, stop by Tinkerbells Emporium, explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Cemetery, steep yourself in history at The Old Town Jail, thenexplore the ancient world of Mar's Wark, and finally explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Dumyat Path, thenappreciate the history behind National Wallace Monument, thentake in the history at Stirling Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Stirling online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Stirling in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Stirling, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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National Wallace Monument ©
National Wallace Monument
The Old Town Jail ©
The Old Town Jail
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

2
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, thenexamine the collection at Provand's Lordship, thenexamine the collection at Glasgow Police Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, take an in-depth tour of Scotland Street School Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Dumbarton Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow road trip planner.

You can drive from Stirling to Glasgow in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Dumbarton Castle, Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church
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Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral
Dumbarton Castle ©
Dumbarton Castle

4
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. West Highland Museum and Old Inverlochy Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Ben Nevis and Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, pause for some serene contemplation at MacIntosh Parish Church, trek along Lost Valley Trail, and stop by The Granite House.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lost Valley Trail, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the galleries of Uig Pottery, explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, thenexplore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, stop by Skye Batiks, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Portree Parish Church, thenhit the bull's-eye at A.C.E Target Sports, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye planner.

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle
A.C.E Target Sports ©
A.C.E Target Sports

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Culloden Battlefield and Inverness Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort George and Inverness Cathedral. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), race across the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Highland House of Fraser, and explore the activities along River Ness.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 3rd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, steep yourself in history at Rennibister Earth House, thencontemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Grain Earth House.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kirkwall trip planner.

You can fly from Inverness to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Inverness in June, you will find days in Kirkwall are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Smiddy Museum, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Bishop & Earls Palace ©
Bishop & Earls Palace
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement ©
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement

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