11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
2
Stonehaven
— 1 night
3
Aviemore
— 2 nights
4
Isle of Skye
— 1 night
5
Fort William
— 2 nights
6
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 1 night
7
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, thenmake a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, and then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Calton Hill, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, thenexplore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Edinburgh is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in May, with highs in Edinburgh at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
Stonehaven

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Scolty Hill, step into the grandiose world of Crathes Castle, go for a walk through Dunnottar Woods, thenstep into the grandiose world of Dunnottar Castle, and finally identify plant and animal life at RSPB Fowlsheugh.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Stonehaven trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Stonehaven by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Banchory
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle
Dunnottar Woods ©
Dunnottar Woods

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), take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden, identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, thenidentify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch an Eilein. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenstroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Rothiemurchus.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aviemore travel planning tool.

Drive from Stonehaven to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Aviemore are °C, while nighttime lows are °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

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Abernethy National Nature Reserve
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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, contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, thentake in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, and finally admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye online attractions planner.

You can drive from Aviemore to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time 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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, thentake in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, and finally identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive.

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You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rothesay.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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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. On the 17th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Rothesay Castle, steep yourself in history at Rothesay's Victorian Toilets, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St Blane's Chapel, thenstep into the grandiose world of Mount Stuart, and finally hike along The West Island Way.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rothesay journey maker.

Travel from Fort William to Rothesay in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Rothesay

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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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, get to know the resident critters at Fernvalley Wildlife Centre, thencontemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, and then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar.

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Explore your travel options from Rothesay to Kirkwall with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rothesay in May: highs in Kirkwall hover around °C, while lows dip to °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

Stenness, Stromness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Fernvalley Wildlife Centre, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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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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