11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Inverness
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Wallace Monument and St Andrews Cathedral. Visit Rosslyn Chapel and Greyfriars Kirkyard for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Doune Castle (in Doune), Discovery Point (in Dundee) and The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Margaret's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online trip itinerary maker .

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect nights in Edinburgh to be slightly colder, around 48°F, while days are colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Discovery Point, St Andrews Cathedral
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre

1
night
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then delve into the mystery of Ring of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Skara Brae.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkwall trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Edinburgh, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kirkwall, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Culloden Battlefield. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Nevis and Glenfinnan Viaduct. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus), Aviemore (Rothiemurchus & Loch an Eilein) and Steall Waterfall (in Fort William). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and kick back and relax at Nairn Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Fort William, Nairn, Clava Cairns, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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