20 days in Scotland Itinerary

20 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Oban
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Ullapool
— 1 night
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Thurso
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 2 nights
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Aviemore
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
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Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 27th (Sat), appreciate the history behind David Livingstone Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and finally stroll around Kelvingrove Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Blue Police Box, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, then step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Falkirk Wheel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip itinerary planning website.

Ottawa, Canada to Glasgow is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ottawa in August, with highs in Glasgow at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Oban

— 2 nights
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Oban side-trips: Inveraray (Argyll Adventure - Inveraray & Inveraray Jail) and Seafari Adventures (in Ellenabeich). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery, delve into the distant past at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, learn about all things military at Oban War & Peace Museum, and don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oban online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Oban takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Oban can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Oban

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Fort William

— 2 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. On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Oban to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and then step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Ullapool

— 1 night
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. On the 4th (Sun), stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, then take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ullapool Hill, and finally identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ullapool, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Ullapool in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Thurso

— 2 nights
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, then experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, then take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, and finally enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Thurso travel planning website.

Getting from Ullapool to Thurso by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Thurso are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Thurso

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along River Ness, don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Inverness visit planner.

Getting from Thurso to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. September in Inverness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Aviemore

— 2 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Cairngorm Mountain. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch an Eilein, then delve into the lush surroundings at Rothiemurchus, and then snap pictures at The Old Packhorse Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Aviemore trip planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Aviemore in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Aviemore, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Edinburgh

— 3 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: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Aviemore to Edinburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

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.