11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
2
Stonehaven
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in May: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

1
night
Stonehaven

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Scolty Hill, explore the historical opulence of Crathes Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Dunnottar Woods, then step into the grandiose world of Dunnottar Castle, and finally identify plant and animal life at RSPB Fowlsheugh.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Stonehaven travel planning website .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Stonehaven in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Banchory
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle
Scolty Hill ©
Scolty Hill

2
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Boat of Garten Community Garden, identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch an Eilein. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Rothiemurchus.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aviemore trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Stonehaven to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Aviemore are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Abernethy National Nature Reserve, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, explore the activities along Portree Harbour, explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), and finally admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Isle of Skye journey maker website .

Getting from Aviemore to Isle of Skye by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Kilt Rock ©
Kilt Rock

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. On the 15th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, then appreciate the views at Glencoe, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rothesay.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glen Etive, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

1
night
Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Rothesay ©
The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Rothesay Castle, contemplate the long history of Rothesay's Victorian Toilets, pause for some serene contemplation at St Blane's Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Mount Stuart, and finally hike along The West Island Way.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rothesay tour planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Rothesay in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rothesay can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Rothesay

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The West Island Way
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Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Orkneyinga Saga Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Fernvalley Wildlife Centre, then contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally delve into the distant past at Maeshowe. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kirkwall road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rothesay to Kirkwall. While traveling from Rothesay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kirkwall, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness ©
Standing Stones of Stenness

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