18 days in Scotland & Cotswolds Itinerary

18 days in Scotland & Cotswolds Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glencoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kinlochbervie
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gloucester
— 2 nights
Fly
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, and stroll through BobCat Alpacas.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get slightly colder in Edinburgh: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

2
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 1st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Inchree Waterfalls, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then hike along Lost Valley Trail, then hike along Glencoe Lochan, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Glencoe & Dalness, identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, then delve into the lush surroundings at Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Glencoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Glencoe are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

2
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Lochinver

Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): trek along Lael Forest Walks, identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, then step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stoer Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, admire the striking features of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Assynt Estate, and finally identify plant and animal life at Culag Woods.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lochinver trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Glencoe to Lochinver in 4 hours. Traveling from Glencoe in June, expect nights in Lochinver to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kinlochbervie.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
Kinlochbervie

Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, kick back and relax at Durness Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Polin Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, then look for all kinds of wild species at Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, and finally stroll through Scourie Bay.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinlochbervie trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lochinver to Kinlochbervie in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kinlochbervie

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

3
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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Urquhart Castle and St Ninians Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Embo Beach (in Embo), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Dornoch Beach (in Dornoch). Next up on the itinerary: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness route builder.

Drive from Kinlochbervie to Inverness in 2.5 hours. June in Inverness sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gloucester.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
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Gloucester

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tewkesbury Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Birdland, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Greystones Farm. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Gloucester Docks, then pause for some serene contemplation at Gloucester Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mariners Church.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gloucester visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Gloucester takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inverness in June; daily highs in Gloucester reach 68°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Glasgow

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Strathblane Falconry, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lambhill Stables. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, identify plant and animal life at Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Glasgow trip planner.

Getting from Gloucester to Glasgow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gloucester in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Glasgow, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.

Cotswolds travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.