9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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9 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16 h
1
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

2
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Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step out of the city life by going to Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and Nairn Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Dornoch Beach. Step out of Inverness to go to Kingussie and see RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Clava Cairns and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness online travel planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Inverness is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Inverness is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Inverness reach 65°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Clava Cairns, Dornoch Beach
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Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park

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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach, make a trip to Neist Point, and then take in the dramatic scenery at RHA Waterfall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye road trip app .

Getting from Inverness to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Claigan Coral Beach ©
Claigan Coral Beach
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

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Fort William

Fort William ©
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 15th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then appreciate the views at Glen Coe, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort William road trip app .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glen Coe
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Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

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Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo, appreciate the history behind National Wallace Monument, and then trek along Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at City Chambers and then relax in the rural setting at Heads of Ayr Farm Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow journey planner.

Getting from Fort William to Glasgow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags, Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Five Sisters Zoo, National Wallace Monument
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Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo
Heads of Ayr Farm Park ©
Heads of Ayr Farm Park
City Chambers ©
City Chambers

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