15 days in Manchester & Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Manchester & Scotland Itinerary

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Manchester
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Aviemore
— 2 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Glasgow
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Manchester

— 2 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Manchester Art Gallery and then get curious at Science and Industry Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Gulliver's World - Warrington, and then make a trip to Manchester Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manchester trip itinerary builder.

London to Manchester is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. July in Manchester sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Manchester

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dovecot Studios as well as Rosslyn Chapel. On the 26th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Dovecot Studios and then make a trip to Calton Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip site.

Traveling by train from Manchester to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Aviemore

— 2 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 29th (Thu), browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cairngorm Mountain.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aviemore route tool.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Aviemore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Wick.

Things to do in Aviemore

Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Wick

— 3 nights
Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Kids will enjoy Wick Heritage Museum and Caithness Seacoast Ltd. Explore Wick's surroundings by going to Thurso (Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust & Dunnet Head) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and enjoy the sand and surf at Sinclair's Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wick trip builder tool.

You can drive from Aviemore to Wick in 3 hours. Traveling from Aviemore in July, you will find days in Wick are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Cuillin and then explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Wick to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the engaging exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Glasgow trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Glasgow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glasgow are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.