60 days in Scotland & Perth and Kinross Itinerary

60 days in Scotland & Perth and Kinross Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 4 nights
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Durness
— 5 nights
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Inverness
— 7 nights
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Pitlochry
— 8 nights
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Oban
— 5 nights
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Fort William
— 6 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
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Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh — 7 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Surgeons' Hall Museums capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury), Alnwick (Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church & Barter Books) and Bamburgh (Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh Castle, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of St Andrews Castle, contemplate the long history of Blackness Castle, explore the world behind art at Paxton House, and learn about all things military at National Museum of Flight.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip 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 cooler days and slightly colder nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kirkwall.
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Kirkwall, Mainland — 4 nights

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Escape the urban bustle at Orkney Uncovered and Scapa Flow. The Orkney Museum and Kirbuster Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kirkwall: Hoy (Scapa Flow Museum, Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, &more), Skara Brae (in Stromness) and Rousay (Taversoe Tuick, The Blackhammer Cairn, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Saint Magnus Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, take an unorthodox tour of Ring of Brodgar, and admire the striking features of Skaill House.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kirkwall travel route planner.

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. In August in Kirkwall, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Durness.
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Durness — 5 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Escape the urban bustle at Smoo Cave and Achmelvich Beach. Balnakeil Craft Village and Lotte Glob will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Polin Beach, &more), Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig) and Assynt (Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum & Ardvreck Castle). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, identify plant and animal life at Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness trip maker.

You can drive from Kirkwall to Durness in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Durness sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Inverness.
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Inverness — 7 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) and Tarbat Discovery Centre. Culloden Battlefield and Fort George are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cromarty Courthouse (in Cromarty), Invermoriston Falls (in Invermoriston) and Nigg Old Church (in Nigg). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, surround yourself with nature on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness sightseeing planner.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.
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Pitlochry — 8 nights

Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Shop till you drop at Melt Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Scone Palace and Discovery Point. Explore Pitlochry's surroundings by going to Kildrummy Castle (in Alford), Ballater (Ballater Golf Club, Old Royal Station, &more) and Newtonmore (Highland Folk Museum, Ruthven Barracks, &more). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, explore the historical opulence of Blair Castle & Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Dochart, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Pitlochry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oban.
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Oban — 5 nights

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Inveraray Castle and Kilchurn Castle will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Inveraray Jail and Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds. Get out of town with these interesting Oban side-trips: Kilmartin (Kilmartin Museum, Carnasserie Castle, &more), Ardfern (in Ardfern) and Lochgilphead (Dunadd Fort, Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks, &more). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, explore the historical opulence of Skipness Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Columba Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oban sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Oban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Oban are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort William.
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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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. You'll explore and learn at West Highland Museum and Treasures of the Earth. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Mallaig (Mallaig Heritage Centre & Circular Walk), Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail (in Glenfinnan) and Morar (Loch Morar & Morar Beach). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, appreciate the history behind Commando Monument, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, and snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fort William using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oban to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eilean Donan Castle and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Get some historical perspective at Clan Donald Skye Visitor Centre and Dun Beag Broch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Isle of Skye: Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara), Applecross (Applecross Photographic Gallery & Bealach na Ba Viewpoint) and Plockton (Calum's Seal Trips & Plockton Harbour). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach, stroll through Talisker Beach, explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, and admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isle of Harris.
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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. Get some cultural insight at Calanais Standing Stones and The Blackhouse. Step out of the city life by going to Luskentyre Beach and Huisinis Beach. Explore Isle of Harris' surroundings by going to 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). The adventure continues: stroll through Scarista Beach, head outdoors with Golden Road, see what you can catch with Hebrides Fish 'n' Trips, and enjoy the sea views from Butt of Lewis Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Harris online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can travel. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Glasgow.
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Glasgow — 6 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Head to Buchanan Street and The Lemond Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags and Troon Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Rothesay (St Blane's Chapel, Rothesay Castle, &more), Prestwick Golf Club (in Prestwick) and Ranfurly Castle Golf Club (in Bridge of Weir). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of House for an Art Lover, contemplate the long history of The Old Town Jail, take an in-depth tour of Hunterian Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glasgow road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isle of Harris to Glasgow. In September in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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