12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Inverness
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plockton
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly

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Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie), Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris (in Aviemore) and Simply The Best Fair Trade Shop (in Dornoch). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, make a trip to Clava Cairns, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inverness road trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Inverness is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Inverness is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Inverness at 58°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plockton.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Plockton

— 1 night
On the 1st (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Kishorn Selfie Box.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plockton road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Plockton takes 2 hours. In May in Plockton, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Plockton

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Fort William

— 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Arisaig (Camusdarach Beach & Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre) and Tulloch Ringing Centre (in Roybridge). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, pause for some photo ops at Fort William War Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and look for gifts at The Granite House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip maker app.

You can drive from Plockton to Fort William in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & Glasgow Central Tours). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and get great views at Calton Hill.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from Fort William to Edinburgh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.