8 days in Scotland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland journey planner

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Inverness
— 1 night
Drive
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Plockton
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 14th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness. Here are some ideas for day two: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, then delve into the distant past at Craig Phadrig, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary site.

London to Inverness is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in August, things will get slightly colder in Inverness: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plockton.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Plockton

— 1 night
On the 16th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Plockton Seal Trips, take in the pleasant sights at Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, then steep yourself in history at Eilean Donan Castle, and finally make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box.

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

You can drive from Inverness to Plockton in 2 hours. August in Plockton sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Plockton

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Fort William

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the views at Glen Coe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

Plan a Fort William trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Plockton to Fort William takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Edinburgh

— 4 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, make a trip to The Royal Mile, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh online attractions planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

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.