29 days in Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Glasgow
— 5 nights
2
Pitlochry
— 3 nights
3
Fort William
— 2 nights
4
Oban
— 3 nights
5
Stornoway, Lewis and Harris
— 3 nights
6
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
7
Inverness
— 4 nights
8
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights

5
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Linlithgow Palace and Mount Stuart. The Old Town Jail and Culzean Castle will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Glasgow: Rothesay's Victorian Toilets (in Rothesay), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (in Ayr). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, wander the streets of Buchanan Street, appreciate the history behind Statue "As Proud As", and step into the grandiose world of Doune Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glasgow trip itinerary website.

San Diego, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get a bit cooler in Glasgow: highs are around 64°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rothesay, Rosslyn Chapel, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Culzean Castle
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Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets

3
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Glamis Castle and Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Scottish Crannog Centre and Dunkeld Cathedral. When in Pitlochry, make a side trip to see Scone Palace in Perth, approximately Perth away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery, and visit Queen's View Visitor Centre.

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

You can drive from Glasgow to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Scone Palace, Dunkeld Cathedral, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Glamis Castle, River Rafting & Tubing
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Dunkeld Cathedral ©
Dunkeld Cathedral
Glamis Castle ©
Glamis Castle
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre

2
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, then don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, then see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and then appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Pitlochry to Fort William by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Oban.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Commando Monument, Glen Coe
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Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
nights
Oban

Oban ©
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Inveraray Jail and Kilchurn Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seafari Adventures and Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds. Take a break from Oban with a short trip to Inveraray Castle in Inveraray, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, learn about all things military at Oban War & Peace Museum, sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oban road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Oban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Oban can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Stornoway.

Things to do in Oban

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Inveraray, Kilchurn Castle, Seafari Adventures
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Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel ©
Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Seafari Adventures ©
Seafari Adventures

3
nights
Stornoway, Lewis and Harris

Stornoway ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Luskentyre Beach and Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lews Castle and The Blackhouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Stornoway: Golden Road (in Tarbert) and Hebscape Gallery (in Ardhasaig).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Stornoway online holiday builder.

Explore your travel options from Oban to Stornoway with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Stornoway are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stornoway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Isle of Lewis, Golden Road, Hebscape Gallery, Luskentyre Beach, The Blackhouse
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The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse
Luskentyre Beach ©
Luskentyre Beach
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Portree Harbour and Plockton Seal Trips. Skye Museum of Island Life and Duntulm Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Isle of Skye with an excursion to Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neist Point, and take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Glen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by journey from Stornoway to Isle of Skye takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plockton Seal Trips, Eilean Donan Castle
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Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Claigan Coral Beach ©
Claigan Coral Beach
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.
Cawdor Castle and Clava Cairns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Inverness Cathedral and Culloden Battlefield. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Aviemore (Loch an Eilein, Loch Morlich, &more) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), explore the activities along River Ness, contemplate the long history of Fort George, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness travel route planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aviemore, Nairn, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 26th (Wed), admire the striking features of Skaill House, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and finally steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bishop & Earls Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Orkney Wine Company, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kirkwall day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkney Wine Company
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Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Standing Stones of Stenness ©
Standing Stones of Stenness
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm

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