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
Drive
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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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Glasgow
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Edinburgh — 7 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and Scottish National Portrait Gallery capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Bamburgh (Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh Castle, &more), Alnwick (Edlingham Castle and Edlingham Church & Barter Books) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Paxton House, admire the striking features of Abbotsford, steep yourself in history at Dean Village, and head off the coast to Farne Islands.

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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Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 5:

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 Orkney and Shetland Charters. The Orkney Museum and The Smiddy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kirkwall: Hoy (Scapa Flow Museum, Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, &more), Rousay (Taversoe Tuick, The Blackhammer Cairn, &more) and Skara Brae (in Stromness). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness, 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 travel to Durness.
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

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: Assynt (Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum & Ardvreck Castle), Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Polin Beach, &more) and Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, stroll through Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and visit a coastal fixture at Strathy Point Lighthouse.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Durness trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kirkwall to Durness by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Durness, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

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 Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cromarty Courthouse (in Cromarty), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Invermoriston Falls (in Invermoriston). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Clava Cairns, stroll through 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 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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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:

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 Dundee Contemporary Arts. Explore hidden gems such as Scone Palace and Glamis Castle. Explore Pitlochry's surroundings by going to Kildrummy Castle (in Alford), Newtonmore (Highland Folk Museum, Ruthven Barracks, &more) and Ballater (Ballater Golf Club, Old Royal Station, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunkeld Cathedral, do a tasting at Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines, learn about all things military at The Black Watch Castle & Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Scottish Crannog Centre.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pitlochry holiday planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oban.
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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 29:

Oban — 5 nights

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilchurn Castle and Skipness Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Oban side-trips: Lochgilphead (Dunadd Fort, Achnabreck Cup and Ring Marks, &more), Kilmartin (Kilmartin Museum, Carnasserie Castle, &more) and Ardfern (in Ardfern). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Columba Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Oban War & Peace Museum.

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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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

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 Glenfinnan Viaduct. You'll explore and learn at West Highland Museum and Clan Cameron Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail (in Glenfinnan), Mallaig (Mallaig Heritage Centre & Circular Walk) and Morar (Loch Morar & Morar Beach). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary tool.

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 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

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 The Quiraing. Get some historical perspective at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Duntulm Castle. 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). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, take an in-depth tour of Skye Museum of Island Life, contemplate the waterfront views at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, and kick back and relax at Sound of Sleat Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye route app.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Isle of Harris.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

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 Gearannan Blackhouse Village (in Garenin), Knockaird (Loch Stiapabhat Local Nature Reserve & Dun Eistean) and Stornoway (Story of Harris Tweed at Stornoway Town Hall, An Lanntair Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Isle of Harris Distillery, delve into the distant past at Calanais Visitor Centre, and kick back and relax at Scarista Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Isle of Harris day trip planning website.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Isle of Harris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Isle of Harris can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel 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 House for an Art Loverfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags and Strathblane Falconry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Prestwick Golf Club (in Prestwick), Rothesay (St Blane's Chapel, Rothesay Castle, &more) and Ranfurly Castle Golf Club (in Bridge of Weir). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Old Town Jail, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, take an in-depth tour of Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dunblane 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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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:

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.

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.

Perth and Kinross travel guide

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Distilleries · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.