26 days in Scotland Itinerary

26 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip itinerary planner

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Glasgow
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Golspie
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
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Glasgow

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Glasgow is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, and take an in-depth tour of People's Palace and Winter Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glasgow online travel planner.

San Antonio, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Antonio in April; daily highs in Glasgow reach 53°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder tool.

You can drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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: Finn Falconry (in Oban), Minch Adventures (in Mallaig) and Morar Beach (in Morar). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort William travel route app.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge), Aviemore (Loch an Eilein & Cairngorm Brewery) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Golspie

— 3 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Go for a jaunt from Golspie to Helmsdale to see River Helmsdale about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Brora Golf Club, step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brora Beach, and look for gifts at Orcadian Stone Exhibition and gift shop.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Golspie route planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Golspie takes 1.5 hours. April in Golspie sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Scourie Bay (in Scourie), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, stroll through Sango Bay, and get a new perspective on nature at Durness Deep Time.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durness trip planner.

You can drive from Golspie to Durness in 2 hours. April in Durness sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box, make a trip to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, then view the masterpieces at Applecross Photographic Gallery, and finally get a new perspective on things with Plockton Seal Trips. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, and then take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyle of Lochalsh day trip planning website.

You can drive from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.