15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Drive
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Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Augustus
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Edinburgh online travel planner.

Denver, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Edinburgh. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in May: highs in Edinburgh hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Isle of Skye

— 1 night
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 27th (Fri), look for gifts at Skyelark and then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Coruisk.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye tour planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then get outside with Northern Meeting Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Cawdor Castle, and then get outside with Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness day trip site.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at Highland Taste and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aigas Field Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Drumnadrochit planner.

Drumnadrochit is very close to Inverness. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Fort Augustus

— 1 night
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. On the 1st (Wed), take a memorable drive along General Wade’s Military Roads, look for gifts at Iceberg Glass, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fort Augustus road trip planner.

Fort Augustus is very close to Drumnadrochit. In May in Fort Augustus, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive

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 2nd (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, and then appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort William sightseeing app.

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Fort William in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Strathblane Falconry and then see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glasgow trip builder tool.

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 June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.

Loch Ness Region travel guide

4.2
Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · Bodies of Water
Few places in the world have inspired more mystery and wonder than Loch Ness. Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, the iconic lake sits in the Scottish Highlands, fringed by rolling hills and dense patches of forest. Many people take a trip to Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of the mythical beast, allegedly seen countless times by those with a keen eye and vivid imagination--you'll find an endless supply of blurry images to "prove" the monster's existence. Even if you don't believe in Nessie, a trip to Loch Ness offers you the perfect chance to soak up some picturesque Scottish scenery, admire the crumbling ruins of the adjacent castle, and open your mind to the possibilities of the supernatural.