27 days in Scotland Itinerary

27 days in Scotland Itinerary

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27 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Launceston
Fly:  31​h
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pitlochry
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Stonehaven
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
8
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Launceston

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Doune Castle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and The War Poets. Venture out of the city with trips to Discovery Point (in Dundee), St Andrews Cathedral (in St. Andrews) and National Wallace Monument (in Stirling). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh journey planning website .

Launceston, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Launceston to Edinburgh is minus 10 hours. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel, Discovery Point, St Andrews Cathedral, Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

3
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and The Scottish Crannog Centre will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Black Watch Castle & Museum and Clan Macpherson Museum. Explore Pitlochry's surroundings by going to St. Ninian's Cathedral (in Perth), The Glenturret Distillery (in Crieff) and Falls of Dochart (in Killin). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, get engrossed in the history at Atholl Country Life Museum, identify plant and animal life at Birnam Oak, and contemplate the long history of Dunkeld Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pitlochry trip planning tool .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dunkeld, Perth, Newtonmore, The Glenturret Distillery, Falls of Dochart
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum

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. Visiting Ben Nevis and Steall Waterfall will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Inveraray Castle and St. Conan’s Kirk. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Inveraray Jail (in Inveraray), Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, explore the ancient world of Maelrubha's Chapel, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Fort Augustus Abbey, Castle Tioram, Glen Etive
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Skye Museum of Island Life and Alan Campbell Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eilean Donan Castle and Dun Beag Broch. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point and tour the pleasant surroundings at Claigan Coral Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip site .

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Take a break from the city and head to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Culloden Battlefield and Glenfiddich Distillery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Glasstorm (in Tain), Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Boat of Garten (Loch Garten Nature Reserve & Boat of Garten Community Garden). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort George, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, make a trip to Clava Cairns, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. June in Inverness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Cawdor Castle, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

2
nights
Stonehaven

Stonehaven
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Dunnottar Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Maggie Law Maritime Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Crathes Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Stonehaven holiday planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Stonehaven in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Stonehaven, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Crathes Castle, Glamis Castle, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Museum, Maggie Law Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
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Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle

2
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Click Mill, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and finally contemplate the long history of Maeshowe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, and then delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Stromness trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Stonehaven to Stromness by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Rothesay.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stenness, Click Mill, Broch of Gurness, Barony Mill
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

2
nights
Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Rothesay ©
The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Rothesay's Victorian Toilets, explore the different monuments and memorials at St Michaels Chapel Ruins, then step into the grandiose world of Mount Stuart, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Blane's Chapel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rothesay planner .

Explore your travel options from Stromness to Rothesay with the Route module. Traveling from Stromness in June, expect nights in Rothesay to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rothesay

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
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Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel

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