60 days in Scotland & Perth and Kinross Itinerary

60 days in Scotland & Perth and Kinross Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 4 nights
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Durness
— 5 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 7 nights
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 8 nights
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Oban
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 6 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
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Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris
— 6 nights
Drive to Stornoway Airport, Fly to Glasgow
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Glasgow
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Edinburgh — 7 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Portrait Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Barter Books and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury), Bamburgh (Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh Castle, &more) and Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church (in Alnwick). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Linlithgow Palace, identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and steep yourself in history at Traquair House & Brewery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh visit planner.

Louisville, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Edinburgh is 5 hours. While traveling from Louisville, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Kirkwall.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 29:

Kirkwall, Mainland — 4 nights

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Head to Pier Arts Centre and Hoxa Tapestry Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at The Orkney Museum and Orkney Wireless Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kirkwall: Rousay (Taversoe Tuick, The Blackhammer Cairn, &more), Hoy (Scapa Flow Museum, Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, &more) and Skara Brae (in Stromness). And it doesn't end there: take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness, look for all kinds of wild species at Mull Head Nature Reserve, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, and contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall online trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect nights in Kirkwall to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Durness — 5 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Smoo Cave and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ardvreck Castle and Balnakeil Craft Village. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Polin Beach, &more), Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig) and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum (in Assynt). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and stroll through Rispond Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durness route planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkwall to Durness takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Durness sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:

Inverness — 7 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) and Tarbat Discovery Centre. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Cromarty Courthouse (in Cromarty), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Invermoriston Falls (in Invermoriston). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cardhu Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, and contemplate the long history of Fort George.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Inverness day trip planning app.

Drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 15:

Pitlochry — 8 nights

Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Museum-lovers will get to explore Blair Castle & Gardens and Discovery Point. Scone Palace and The Black Watch Castle & Museum will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pitlochry: Ballater (Ballater Golf Club, Old Royal Station, &more), Newtonmore (Highland Folk Museum, Ruthven Barracks, &more) and Kildrummy Castle (in Alford). The adventure continues: make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre, sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, learn about winemaking at Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines, and explore the galleries of The Scottish Crannog Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pitlochry planner.

Drive from Inverness to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oban.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 23:

Oban — 5 nights

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Step out of the city life by going to Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust and Allan's Boat Trips. Do your shopping at Luckenbooth Gallery and Loch Fyne Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilmartin (Kilmartin Museum, Carnasserie Castle, &more), Ardfern (in Ardfern) and Lochgilphead (Dunadd Fort, Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Inveraray Jail, brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum, explore the historical opulence of Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Inveraray Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oban visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Oban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Oban are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort William.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Fort William — 6 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Augustus Abbey and West Highland Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Morar (Loch Morar & Morar Beach), Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail (in Glenfinnan) and Mallaig (Mallaig Heritage Centre & Circular Walk). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram, and take in the views from Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oban to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:

Isle of Skye — 5 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
For shopping fun, head to Trotternish Art Gallery or Uig Pottery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Duntulm Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Isle of Skye: Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara), Plockton (Calum's Seal Trips & Plockton Harbour) and Applecross (Applecross Photographic Gallery & Bealach na Ba Viewpoint). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Skye Museum of Island Life, explore the activities along Portree Harbour, take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye trip planner.

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Isle of Harris.
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Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris — 6 nights

Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Head to Hebscape Gallery and Morven Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Luskentyre Beach and Golden Road. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isle of Harris: Knockaird (Loch Stiapabhat Local Nature Reserve & Dun Eistean), Gearannan Blackhouse Village (in Garenin) and Stornoway (Story of Harris Tweed at Stornoway Town Hall, An Lanntair Gallery, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Blackhouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huisinis Beach, delve into the distant past at Calanais Standing Stones, and sample the fine beverages at Isle of Harris Distillery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Harris road trip planning app.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris in 3.5 hours. Another option is to travel. August in Isle of Harris sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glasgow.
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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 14:

Glasgow — 6 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Glasgow School of Art and Buchanan Street. You'll explore and learn at The Tall Ship Glenlee and Hunterian Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ranfurly Castle Golf Club (in Bridge of Weir), Prestwick Golf Club (in Prestwick) and Rothesay (St Blane's Chapel, Rothesay Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, view the masterpieces at House for an Art Lover, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and wander the streets of Merchant City.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isle of Harris to Glasgow. In August in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 20:

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.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.
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Perth and Kinross travel guide

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Distilleries · Castles · Landmarks
Perth and Kinross have one of the most developed bus networks in the country, making even the remotest corners of the region easily accessible. The area offers visitors a variety of scenic landscapes, including bleak moors, snaking lochs, tiny picturesque villages, and ancient forests. The wild beauty of this part of Scotland attracts travelers from around the world, most of whom begin their Scottish adventure in the historic town of Perth. This relaxed town is largely known for being the site of historic Scone Palace, which can be reached from the city center in minutes by car or on foot. If you venture farther out into the countryside, you can explore wooded slopes, rolling hills, and verdant river valleys.
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