23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland itinerary planner

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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 2 nights
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Braemar
— 2 nights
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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
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Stonehaven
— 2 nights
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 8 nights

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Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then don't miss a visit to Buchanan Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Glasgow. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Glen Coe and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inverness itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Inverness sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Braemar.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Braemar

— 2 nights
Braemar is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58mi west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Loch Muick and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Linn O' Dee and then step into the grandiose world of Braemar Castle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Braemar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Braemar takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Braemar

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Aberdeen

— 2 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Aberdeen Art Gallery, and then stroll around David Welch Winter Gardens. On the next day, wander the streets of Footdee (Fittie), take an in-depth tour of Peterhead Prison Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at BrewDog DogTap & DogWalk Brewery Tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aberdeen vacation planner.

Getting from Braemar to Aberdeen by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Stonehaven

— 2 nights
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle and then kick back and relax at Stonehaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Drum Castle, Garden and Estate, then explore the historical opulence of Crathes Castle, and then cool off at Stonehaven Open Air Pool.

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

Stonehaven is just a stone's throw from Aberdeen. In December in Stonehaven, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. On the 13th (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blair Athol Distillery and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Vrackie.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry route planner.

Drive from Stonehaven to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Edinburgh

— 8 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip app.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 23:

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.

Aberdeenshire travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Parks
One of Scotland’s most fascinating regions, Aberdeenshire features a stunning coastline with vast sandy beaches and idyllic fishing villages. This thriving region of fertile farmland and moors is perhaps best known around the world for its production of Angus beef, as well as for a number of well-preserved castles scattered across the countryside. The valley of the River Spey is lined by world-famous whiskey distilleries, which are not only major tourist attractions, but also part of a robust regional industry. Those on vacation in Aberdeenshire will find that the region boasts a strong musical tradition in the form of "bothy ballads," originally sung by farm workers in the region’s Doric dialect. Native speakers consider Doric to be more expressive than English, with many local writers still using elements of the dialect in their work.