10 days in Scotland Itinerary

10 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, take in the exciting artwork at Jupiter Artland, browse the exhibits of Open Eye Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 65°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Wick.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church, enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster, then see the interesting displays at Laidhay Croft Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wick trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Wick takes 5.5 hours. August in Wick sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Corrimony Chambered Cairn for their historical value. Let the collections at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Loch Ness Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Gallery48 (in Cromarty), Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly) and St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, explore the galleries of Castle Gallery, and pick up some local products at Ferintosh Community Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness road trip planner.

You can drive from Wick to Inverness in 2.5 hours. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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Scotland travel guide

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.